Impact Awards 2022 Recent Winners
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 INDIVIDUAL IMPACT AWARD WINNERS:
Associate Director, VC Programs and Startup Engagement
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Kimberly has been with Booth for nearly five years. Her peers describe her as helpful, patient, delightful to work with, and willing to go the extra mile to provide the best service to others. Kimberly offers meaningful solutions to problems, helps bring large packages to destinations when she is not required, and has stayed after her shift to help students mail their packages. Kimberly assists faculty and staff quickly and efficiently, even when the requests have a short turnaround. She has a way of calming stressful situations. Kimberly embodies excellence in her work and treats everyone with respect and kindness. She creates an environment of competence we can all rely on, and trust in her expertise.
Associate Director, Academic Services
Faculty and Academic Services
Erik has been with Booth for nearly six years, initially starting with the Evening and Weekend MBA Admissions team before moving to Faculty and Academic Services Advising team. In his current role he has had a tremendous impact on the Academic Services team through his leadership, guidance, and empowerment of his colleagues. He has demonstrated these qualities by spearheading Slate implementation for the team, and reimagining the vision for how advisers connect with students. Erik has also served as a mentor through his collaboration on the Slate implementation process and has been described as a true asset to his team and Booth.
Senior Associate Director, Finance
Accounting and Budget
Sam has been with the University and Booth for over 16 years and has been described by peers as dependable, loyal, consistent, and willing to help in any situation. Besides providing excellent deliverables, Sam has, on numerous occasions, brainstormed various scenarios outside his responsibilities for the sole purpose of helping a colleague work through an idea or flesh out a process to make it better. He always demonstrates an unwavering commitment to thoroughness and doing what it takes to provide excellent services no matter how much time is takes. Sam’s work not only covers US accounting functions, it also supports our Asia and London campuses.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 TEAM IMPACT AWARD WINNERS:
Advancement Events Team
Jane Rodriguez – Director, Global Events Strategy
Kara Kendall – Senior Assistant Director, Global Events Strategy
Morgan Tomaso – Associate Director, Global Events Strategy
Lenora Yung – Events Manager
When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 and in-person events were no longer an option for Booth alumni to engage with the school, the Office of Advancement Events Team began providing a variety of virtual events that supported the needs of internal and external stakeholders. They did this quickly, and used the virtual format as an opportunity to expand our reach to alumni all over the world. A prime example of their strategy shift can be seen with Booth Reconnect where they not only shifted to a virtual format, but also ensured that prior alumni classes that may have missed out because of COVID restrictions had an opportunity to connect, all while increasing the attendance by 59% over pre-pandemic statistics.
Makini Allwood – Executive MBA – Associate Director, Global Marketing and Communications
Meghan Keedy – Executive MBA – Director, Global Marketing and Communications
Ryan Crisp – Executive MBA – Assistant Director, Admissions
Kara Northcutt – Admissions – Senior Director, Admissions and Employer Engagement
Kate Spencer – Admissions – Director, Admissions Marketing
Lizzie Seidenstricker – Admissions – Associate Director, Admissions Marketing
Kimberly Epps – Admissions – Senior Assistant Director, Enrollment Strategy
Josh Dennee – Admissions – Senior Associate Director, Admissions Operations
Craig Schultz – Information Technology – Audio Visual Technician
Born as a pandemic pivot to provide a classroom experience for prospective students, the MBA Masterclass series is now an evergreen offering that showcases the thought-leadership, dynamic engagement, and real-world impact of Chicago Booth faculty and our MBA degree. The MBA Masterclass initiated as a collaboration among all MBA program admissions teams. It is one of the few projects where Full-Time, Evening, Weekend, and EMBA have come together to address a need/problem/issue. It proved to be an exceptional example of cross-departmental teamwork through an ongoing, ever-evolving effort to support Booth offerings and branding efforts. This team navigated large scope planning and logistics from crafting the idea and getting faculty onboard, to creating a website presence and marketing across the globe, to managing the virtual events via Zoom and providing recorded classes as post-event offerings. Through it all, the team consistently and swiftly tackled every stage as a cohesive unit that truly leaned into each person’s expertise area.
Future of Work Committee
Pete Aiello – Admissions – Director, Financial Aid
Char Bennington – Human Resources, Director, Employee Development
Stacey Ergang – Student Life – Senior Director, Student Life
Kate Malloy – Human Resources – Associate Director, HR
Julie Morton – Executive MBA – Associate Dean, EMBA
Joe Przybylski – Marketing and Communications – Senior Creative Director
Melanie Scarlata – Corporate Relations – Director, Corporate Relations
Katie Claussen Bell – Kilts Center for Marketing – Director, Kilts Center
Caroline Edringhoff – Advancement – Director, Operations
Sarah Gusanders – Conference Center – Director, Conference Services
Sona Margaryan – Marketing and Communications – Director, Institutional Research and Strategic Insights
Steve Mullin – Information Technology – Director, Service Management
Mairead Saleh – Marketing and Communications – Director, Collaboration and Community Strategy
The Future of Work Committee was tasked with making a recommendation for the best arrangements for the future of work at Booth and worked incredibly well together as a team to do it effectively and efficiently. In a matter of a few months the team created a strategy, performed a great deal of benchmarking research, gathered a tremendous amount of valuable data from staff at two different points, and synthesized a variety of inputs to create a recommendation for moving forward. The team organized into smaller sub-teams to move forward more quickly with multiple work streams operating in parallel that built on the strength of each team member. The result of their dedicated and hard work was a recommendation to the deans that provided new insights and possibilities for the future of work at Booth that was grounded in research and supported the continued achievement of Booth’s mission.