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Booth Women Connect 2021 Series Speakers

Alaina Anderson

Alaina Anderson, ’06

Partner and Portfolio Manager, William Blair

Anderson joined William Blair & Company in 2006, and has over a decade of experience covering stocks globally. As portfolio manager of William Blair’s International Leaders ADR strategy, Anderson leads decision-making for a $700M portfolio. She is the former president of the Chicago Booth School of Business Black Alumni Association.

Alaina Anderson, ’06
Ayelet Fishbach

Ayelet Fishbach

Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing and IBM Faculty Scholar, Chicago Booth

Ayelet Fishbach, PhD, is the past president of the Society for the Study of Motivation. Professor Fishbach has been published in many psychology and business journals, including Psychological Review and Psychological Science, and served as an associate editor of several journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Psychological Science. She has received several international awards, including the Society of Experimental Social Psychology’s Best Dissertation Award and Career Trajectory Award, and the Fulbright Educational Foundation Award. In 2006, she received the Provost’s Teaching Award from the University of Chicago. She is also the author of Get it Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation.

Ayelet Fishbach
Katherine Milkman

Katy Milkman

James G. Dinan Professor, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Katy Milkman is an award-winning behavioral scientist. She hosts Charles Schwab’s popular behavioral economics podcast Choiceology, and is the cofounder and co-director of The Behavior Change for Good Initiative, a research center with the mission of advancing the science of lasting behavior change that’s also being chronicled by Freakonomics Radio. She has worked with or advised dozens of organizations on how to spur positive change, including Google, the US Department of Defense, the American Red Cross, 24 Hour Fitness, Walmart, and Morningstar. Her research is regularly featured in major media outlets such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR. She is the best-selling author of How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. 

Katy Milkman
Jennifer Scanlon

Jennifer Scanlon, ’92

President and CEO, UL

Prior to becoming president and CEO of UL in September 2019, Scanlon served as president and CEO of USG Corporation, a manufacturer of innovative building products. Scanlon sits on the board of Norfolk Southern Corporation and serves as vice chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and chair of the Commercial Club of Chicago. She is also a member of The Chicago Network and the Economic Club of Chicago. 

Jennifer Scanlon, ’92
Julia Taxin

Julia Taxin, ’12

Partner, Grotech Ventures, and Board Member, The Mom Project

Taxin brings over a decade of experience in venture capital, finance, and consulting to her role as partner at Grotech Ventures. Prior to joining Grotech, she spent time at Sandbox Industries. She currently serves on the board of or led investments in Airside Mobile, Backbone PLM, Drum Technologies, and The Mom Project. 

Julia Taxin, ’12

Booth Women Connect Moderators 2021

Kweilin Ellingrund

Kweilin Ellingrud

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

With 15 years of experience at McKinsey & Company, Ellingrud is the leader of the company’s life insurance work in North America. She is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council. Her areas of expertise include women in STEM, accelerating gender equality through investment strategies, women in leadership, and the future of work.

Kweilin Ellingrud
Hal Weitzman

Hal Weitzman

Executive Director for Intellectual Capital and Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth

Hal Weitzman is executive director for intellectual capital at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is editor-in-chief of Chicago Booth Review and host of the "Big Question", Booth's monthly video panel discussion series. He was a reporter and editor at the Financial Times from 2000 to 2012, the last seven years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Chicago. As well as the FT, his reporting has appeared in The Economist, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, Slate, and Politico.

Hal Weitzman