Boothies came out in force for an unforgettable weekend with friends old and new.
- October 10, 2018
Reconnect encapsulates the Booth experience: heart-warming, laughter-filled moments with old friends, classmates, professors, and staff. A recharge of the rigorous Chicago Approach in Back to the Classroom sessions with brilliant faculty—and no exams to worry about! Cutting-edge business insights at Management Conference. It’s an enriching weekend that strengthens the bonds across Booth generations.
This year’s reunion welcomed more than 2,000 attendees from across the country and around the world, facilitated by enthusiastic alumni volunteers. Boothies reconnected over Chicago’s world-class cuisine at Friday night class dinners sprinkled all around the Windy City. Saturday’s homecoming, a family-friendly BBQ, brought together Booth graduates at Harper Center and on the quad.
Alumni clamored to get back in touch with the Booth spirit of inquiry at Back to the Classroom sessions on topics ranging from blockchain technology with Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow Luigi Zingales, to innovation and entrepreneurship with adjunct professor of entrepreneurship Ellen A. Rudnick, ’73, and Polsky Center executive director Starr Marcello, MA ’04, MBA ’17. At Management Conference, Chicago Cubs executive chairman Tom Ricketts, AB ’88, MBA ’93, not only celebrated his 25-year Booth reunion; he also gave the conference’s keynote address—and may well have been the only Reconnect attendee with a World Series ring.
“Reconnect was a wonderful time for seeing old friends—catching up, reacquainting ourselves with each other, and reaffirming the shared bonds that were formed so many years ago at Booth,” said Ian Lue, ’93. “Though two and a half decades have passed since we were in school together, there is a familiarity and comfort that made it seem as if very little time and space had separated us.”
Celebrating Booth Pride at the Harper Center
In the classroom with Professor Luigi Zingales
Reconnecting with classmates at Harper Center
Catching up with Boothies at Reconnect Weekend
Chatting over breakfast at Gleacher Center
Speakers included former dean Robert Hamada and professors Eugene F. Fama and Harry L. Davis
Catching up with the alumni community at Gleacher Center
Reconnecting at class reunions
Reconnect weekend includes family-friendly activities
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