Gleacher Center

Wednesday, August 8

Electives Week Executive-in-Residence

Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Session times vary between 2:30 and 6:00 pm

Chicago Booth's Electives Week Executive-in-Residence program is a flagship event where we invite senior Executives to share their knowledge and experience through candid conversations and small group advisory sessions.

Registration is now open, we anticipate that registration will close at 9:00 a.m. (CST) on Monday, July 30th. However, registration is first come, first serve the registration form will be up to date with the available executives and times. If you did not submit your bio/resume upon registration, please be prepared to send promptly upon confirmation of participation.

The hour-long, small group coaching sessions will commence at 2:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. There will be a 15-minute break between each session.

In addition to small group coaching sessions with Booth’s Executives-in-Residence, we are pleased to offer a large group educational session about careers in strategy consulting.  Through surveys, informal conversations, and coaching appointments, some of you have expressed an interest in learning more about career paths, opportunities, and day-to-day roles of strategy consultants at leading firms like McKinsey and BCG.   

On Wednesday, August 8, from 5-6 pm, Career Services will host a fireside chat with Michele Tam, an Expert Consultant for Finance Operations at McKinsey's Chicago office.  Michele will provide insight into McKinsey’s business, growth areas, hiring models and offer perspective on regional differences in McKinsey’s business and recruiting models.  She will also share advice for career changers seeking to move into strategy consulting and take your questions.   

You can view the names and bios of the participating executives below.


Areas of Expertise: Chief Financial Officer, Banking, Business/Corporate Development, Corporate Finance, Early Stage Ventures/Entrepreneurship, Getting on Boards, Getting to the C-suite, Internal M & A, Innovation/Product Development, Pharma/Healthcare/ Biotech, Private Investing/Private Equity/Venture Capital, Social Impact/Sustainability, Career Change Investment Management, Quantitative Investment Research

Talha is a Senior Executive, Global Business Leader, and Strategic Advisor with proven success in building investor and corporate value through transactions, acquisitions, and financial leadership in demanding startup, turnaround, and mature Fortune 500 environments. Currently, he is the Chief Financial Officer for the US Oncology Network & Practice Management at McKesson.

Prior to this, Talha was president and Chief Executive Officer of WorkWell Medical Group and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.  In addition, he’s an Operating Partner leading healthcare sector investments at Salt Creek Capital (SCC).  SCC is a San Francisco based private equity firm focused on acquiring small-mid market businesses across the U.S.

Previously, Talha served as the Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the +$1 billion, 45-hospital system Central region with 13,000 employees at Kindred Healthcare, responsible for all business operations, finance, planning and controllership functions.  In this role, Talha was a key member of the Hospital Division Executive Committee at Kindred with oversight responsibility for the +$3 billion portfolio.

Prior to joining Kindred, Talha held leadership roles in finance, operations, strategy, product marketing, and sales management at Sprint Nextel Corporation, Baxter International, and The Walt Disney Company based in the US and Europe.

Talha is actively engaged in community affairs and serves on several non-profit boards focused on strategic planning and sustainable growth.  He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and international studies from Indiana University, Bloomington and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Areas of Expertise: Business Development, Early Stage Ventures / Entrepreneurship, General Management, Innovation / Product Development,  Private Equity / Venture Capital, Consulting, Innovation Management, Technology / Digital Marketing / eCommerce, Social Impact / Sustainability, Career Change, Advancing to the C - suite

Mr. Cicekoglu is an expert on Innovation Management with over 25 years of industry experience serving corporations in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Consumer Goods, and Industrial Products sectors, including AMD, Accenture, KPMG, and SAP.  His areas of expertise include Corporate Strategy Planning, Corporate Venturing, M&A, and New Product Development. He is a graduate of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and Istanbul Technical University, one of the oldest (founded in 1773) and one of the top engineering schools in Turkey. 

In 2008, Mr. Cicekoglu has founded Sente Foundry, LLC, located in Chicago, IL USA. Sente Foundry is a startup investment program funded by corporations, financial investors like family offices and VCs as well as municipalities. Sente Foundry is also the exclusive international startup accelerator program partner of 1871, largest technology hub in the USA. Mr. Cicekoglu has worked with over 400 start-ups and growth companies in 13 countries in varying roles to provide mentorship and guidance regarding business modeling, incubation, and fund raising. He is a frequent judge at programs like Verizon Innovation, AHA Heart Challenge, Start-up Chile, KAUST, Teknojumpp, ITU Gate and ITU Seed new venture programs. Through Sente Foundry, he has invested in 10 startups from 7 countries including Germany, Turkey, and Israel. He is also the Managing Partner of an emerging venture capital fund, Anka Capital Management that focuses on emerging ecosystems.

Areas of Expertise: Business Development, Digital Transformations, General Management, Growth Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Innovation / Product Development, Marketing, Venture Capital / Private Equity,  Startup Operations, Social Impact, Getting on Boards, Getting to the C-suite, Career Change

Suzanne is an accomplished leader with over 16 years experience specializing in digital transformations, brand strategy, growth marketing, entrepreneurship and startup operations; building new brands and successful businesses. Following 14 very successful years working for leading corporate and consulting brands (IBM, HSBC, GE Healthcare, Capgemini, SapientNitro) leading innovation and growth strategies, her passion for entrepreneurship led to her career shift building startup businesses since 2012. She joined Power2Switch, a deregulated energy shopping platform, as Chief Marketing Officer in 2012 and experienced an acquisition by Choose Energy in 2013. She continued with Choose Energy as Vice President of Marketing, taking the marketplace national across all deregulated energy states. In 2015, she joined Mira Fitness, her third startup, as Creative Director leading growth strategy, marketing & product design. She joined Uplift Data Partners in 2016, her fourth startup, as President with executive responsibility. Uplift Data Partners, a drone technology service company provides enterprise clients full implementation of drone technology.

In December 2012 Suzanne was recognized by Built in Chicago, as one of the leading women in Chicago driving the Digital Entrepreneurial Renaissance. She holds a Master's of Science (MS) in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Chicago Booth.

Areas of Expertise: General Management, Digital Technology, Operations, Seed-Series B Fund Raising, Media, Getting to the C-suite

John Evarts is the COO/CFO of Mediafly, the Evolved Selling Platform, which transforms the personal selling experience by engaging prospective buyers with relevant, real-time, and interactive insight. Global 2000 companies utilizing Mediafly’s evolved selling platform deliver more meaningful sales conversations, build stronger relationships, and increase revenue and market share. John has been honored to serve Mediafly since March 2010 providing strategic, financial, and operational leadership. Under his guidance, the young company earned recognition by Forrester as a Sales Enablement Automation vendor and has been recognized for its rapid growth (as three time Inc. 5000 winner) and its workplace culture (as one of Inc.'s Best Workplaces of 2017).

John's 15 years of C-suite experience includes successfully transforming a number of small businesses across a broad range of industries. An MBA graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, John enjoys speaking on topics such as start-ups, finance, and enterprise software as well as the trials and tribulations of scaling a company including presenting as an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland alongside SAP CEO Bill McDermott.

Areas of Expertise: Business Development, Corporate Finance, Getting on Boards, Getting to the C-suite, General Management, Infrastructure, Product Development, Marketing, Operations, Social Impact, Technology

Dr. Ludwig has a long history of developing and leading highly successful organizations. He began his career at Siemens in 1990, working in Corporate Development to create regional strategies. He subsequently opened and built up the first Siemens organization in Kazakhstan, serving as general manager until 1996, when he joined Siemens’ Automation and Drives (A&D) group with responsibility for Process Automation Systems. From 1998 until 2001 he was head of Siemens’ Energy and Industry division in Buenos Aires, then from 2001 to 2007 served as division president for Software and Systems House and A&D’s Systems Engineering division. Dr. Ludwig served as president of Siemens PLM Software from 2007 until 2010, later taking on the role of CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector for North America. Returning to Siemens PLM Software in 2014, he assumed the dual positions of executive vice president of Digital Enterprise Realization and Chief Manufacturing Officer prior to assuming his current position.

Dr. Ludwig holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. He teaches as adjunct professor for International Corporate Strategy at SMU’s Cox School of Business in Dallas.

Committed to community service, he has served as president of the Spanish-German Executive Committee of Rotary International, was the founding president of the first Rotary Club in Central Asia and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) among numerous other activities.

Today, he is chairman of the board of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and board member of the German American Chamber of Commerce – South. He serves as non-executive board member of Circor International, Burlington, MA.

Married with two children, Dr. Ludwig lives in the Dallas area.

Areas of Expertise: Executive Search, Middle Market Manufacturing, Portfolio Companies of Leveraged Buyout, Early-Stage Capital Firms

Ron Malachuk is a Principal in the Chicago office of Korn Ferry and a member of the firm’s Global Industrial Market.  His expertise is in providing talent-advisory services across multiple sectors, including agribusiness, chemicals, engineering and construction, materials, packaging and business-to-business services. He has conducted numerous Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Advisor searches for global industrial conglomerates, middle market manufacturing organizations, and portfolio companies of leveraged buyout and early-stage capital firms. 

Prior to executive search, Mr. Malachuk worked at Wells Fargo as a finance leader, where he developed expertise in budget and forecast preparation. Mr. Malachuk’s prior experience includes corporate strategic planning, environmental compliance and project management with General Motors’ ElectroMotive Diesel division and Exelon Corporation. 

Mr. Malachuk earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his M.S. in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Areas of Expertise: Business Development, Corporate Finance, Entreprenuership, Innovation, Product Design, Pharma / Healthcare / Biotech, Private Equity / Venture Capital, Social Impact, Getting on Boards, Career Changer

Anh is an experienced Senior Medical Officer and Kauffmann Fellow, with a background in both early stage and mature global biotechnology companies. Former FDA Medical Officer & NIH volunteer staff physician - demonstrated work across Global Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, and Business Strategy.

Anh Nguyen, MD, MBA, is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist whose work involves both corporate strategy and global medical affairs at Xeris Pharmaceuticals, a platform specialty pharmaceutical company.

Previously, Anh served as a medical officer for both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He began his career in the life sciences as a global medical director at Baxter Healthcare. He is a Kauffman Fellow, FDA Commissioner's Fellow, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. During his RWJF fellowship on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions he helped draft legislative policies as part of the "21st Century Cures Act," which was enacted into law in 2016.

Anh regularly volunteers as active senior medical staff at the NIH, and is a recipient of the NIH Director's Award.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship:

Anh received a combined BS-MD degree from the New Jersey Medical School, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He completed both his residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School.

Anh is a 3-time Boston Marathon finisher, and is a 4-time IRONMAN finisher.

Anh served his Kauffman Fellowship under the Mentorship of Markham Luke, MD, PhD, the current Division Director of Therapeutic Products at the FDA Office of Generic Drugs. He is a member of Class 17, and was the first Kauffman Fellow from the operational arms of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Areas of Expertise: Business Development, General Management, Infrastructure, Innovation / Product Development, Marketing, Operations, Sustainability, Technology, Venture Capital, Getting to the C-suite

Dr. Robert Slone is the Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer at Stepan Company.  Rob’s formal technical training is in Chemistry and Materials Science.  Rob is an inventor on 22 patents and has authored 21 technical articles and 2 book chapters.  In addition to R&D work, Rob has spent significant time interfacing with venture capital and other investment organizations both through his new business development responsibilities in British Petroleum as well as his current responsibilities with Stepan Company.

Over the course of his 16+ years of industry experience, Rob has been responsible for leading and turning around R&D organizations, cultivating customer relationships, developing new leaders, and protecting novel, valuable technologies as part of global R&D organizations.  Rob received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University, his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors, and his BS Degree in Chemistry with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Areas of Expertise: Consulting, Corporate Finance, Early Stage Ventures, Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Technology Career Changer, Getting on Boards

Ken draws upon more than 20 years of financial consulting experience to lead Levelx. His vision is to combine financial expertise with emerging technologies. This 21st century approach positions Lx to deliver tailored solutions in an increasingly competitive world.

Prior to this, he established the Chicago office of DLC, Inc, an LA-based financial consulting firm specializing in Finance, Accounting and Financial Systems initiatives. As a Director of Client Services, he was responsible for building the DLC Chicago practice through talent acquisition and Fortune 1000 market penetration. During Ken’s tenure, the DLC Chicago office attracted over 30 consultants and a client list which included such marquee brands as: Allstate, Discover Financial Services, Exelon, General Growth, Nestle, Northern Trust, and PepsiCo.

As a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, Ken advised Fortune 500 companies on the development and execution of corporate strategy and restructurings, business planning, financing and recapitalizations, and operational improvements. He served clients in a broad range of industries including consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, and specialty chemicals.

A Chicago native, Ken maintained a full scholarship in wrestling while earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Art History from Northwestern University. From there he headed to Hyde Park to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance, Statistics, and Accounting.

Career Services will host a fireside chat with Michele Tam, Expert Consultant of Finance Operations at McKinsey's Chicago office.  Michele will provide insight into McKinsey’s business, growth areas, hiring models and offer perspective on regional differences in McKinsey’s business and recruiting models.  She will also share advice for career changers seeking to move into strategy consulting and take your questions.

Please note that this program will overlap with the 5-6 pm EIR session, so please only register for one event in this time slot. 

Lyndon A. Taylor is the Partner in Charge of the Chicago office of Heidrick & Struggles. The Chicago office is the firm’s headquarters and consultants in the office cover every practice area and industry sector. He is a member of the Financial Services and CEO & Board Services Practices with a focus on the Asset Management and Banking sectors. Additionally, Lyndon previously led the firm’s Diversity Advisory Services Practice.Lyndon currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He also serves on the Forums Committee of the Economic Club of Chicago and is a member of the University Club of Chicago. Additionally, Lyndon was recently a Director of the CFA Society Chicago where he served on the Nomination and Governance Committee.Lyndon received a B.A. in History with honors and a B.S. in Ethnic Studies from Southern Methodist University, and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

 Workshop Details:

Join Lyndon Taylor, an Executive Recruiter and partner at Heidrick & Struggles to gain insight and develop your Executive Presence* through observation and/or feedback.  Students will need to come prepared to share their story with all participants, should we need volunteers. Students who volunteer will have an opportunity to practice in front of the group and get real-time feedback from Lyndon.  Students observing will have an opportunity to ask additional clarifying questions. 

Each practice session will go as follows:

Role Play ~4 minutes

  • Volunteer introduces themselves to Lyndon
  • Lyndon will engage you in a brief conversation
  • Volunteer will answer something along the lines of “tell me about yourself”
    • answer should be in the context of a professional networking session where you are looking to build relationships and could lead to additional contacts and opportunities for your job search

Feedback & Q&A ~4 minutes

  • Lyndon will provide feedback on executive presence based on your delivery
  • Opportunity for all participants to ask questions


If you have questions on how to prepare please send them to


* EP defined as:

  • Communication (how you speak):
    • speak concisely and clearly
    • read the audience
    • use appropriate gesticulation/facial expression
    • use appropriate tone of voice and maintain appropriate cadence of conversation
  • Appearance (how you look):
    • Good grooming/polish (appropriate dress, neat appearance)
  • Gravitas (how you act):
    • Exuding confidence
    • Speaking with dignity