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Jamie Shah operates her family’s business, Chem-Impex, a distributor and manufacturer of high purity laboratory chemicals. Prior to Chem-Impex, Shah was the Chief Operating Officer of The Spice House. She was also previously the lead associate at Hyde Park Angels and Hyde Park Venture Partners, and was selected as a Kauffman Fellows Finalist. She started her career at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker in the consumer retail group, and then was a financial analyst for Google Maps.

In addition to teaching Outperform & Outlast:  Operating and Investing in Closely Held Businesses at Booth, Shah is a Polsky Center Entrepreneur in Residence where she provides mentorship and coaching to University of Chicago students interested in exploring topics related to family business and long term ownership and operations.

Shah earned a dual degree (BBA and BS) from The University of Wisconsin – Madison in finance, investments, and banking and Spanish literature and language, and an MBA from Chicago Booth.  In 2023, Shah was selected as one of Family Business Magazine's Transformational Women in Business. 

Shah serves on the University of Wisconsin's Business Alumni Board and resides in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Anish, and their two children Rowan (a Labbie!) and Sona.

Academic Areas

  • Entrepreneurship

2023 - 2024 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
34208 Outperform & Outlast: Operating and Investing in Closely Held Businesses 2023 (Autumn)