Winter 2017 Cover


Personalities, characters, visionaries, trends, emerging ideas, industry insight, history, evolution and more. Features explore the topics that matter most to the Chicago Booth community with memorable storytelling and insightful reporting.


On a Mission

When he arrived on vacation in Italy in 2011, Sam Porritt, ’86, was looking forward to a week of wine tasting and exploring Tuscany. But his attempt to photograph the first sunrise from the Tuscan villa where he was staying changed his life. Porritt lost his footing and tumbled off a 15-foot wall after taking the photo with his phone. “I took a step and there was nothing under my foot,” he recalled. The fall injured his spinal cord and paralyzed him from the waist down. After two hours on the ground, he was flown via helicopter to an Italian hospital for emergency surgery. He arrived back in the United States nearly three weeks later. Back home in Kansas City, Kansas, he learned what life was like in a wheelchair. Doctors weren’t sure whether he’d ever walk again. <br/>


Cupid is a Quant

Clayton Rose, ’81, wasn’t necessarily looking for a mate when he enrolled at Booth. But in the back row of Sidney Davidson’s tax class, he found Julianne Rose, ’81, a magna cum laude biology major from Boston College. They quickly discovered one thing in common. “Both of us already had jobs,” Clayton remembered. “We were trying not to get called on.” They postponed dating to concentrate on graduating but quickly met up in New York after starting their financial service careers. He was in shipping finance at JP Morgan, and she worked in health-care finance at Chemical Bank. They recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary.


The Art of Thinking

Amid the daily hustle and bustle of Harper Center’s ground floor atrium, it’s easy to miss the hot-pink neon sign perched on the side of a walkway bridge. Written in Chinese script, the glowing characters twinkle at their radiant companion on the opposite wall—a vibrant, neon-green sign, articulating a saying in Spanish. Though their languages differ, the signs share the same meaning: “Foreigners Everywhere.” Both colorful installations reside in the Rothman Winter Garden, beckoning curious passersby to reflect on their deeper meaning, against the architectural backdrop of a world-class business school. Created by French art collective Claire Fontaine, these works are just two examples of a remarkable, 500-piece contemporary art collection housed at the Charles M. Harper Center.<br/>


A Harper Art Walk

While on the art walk through Harper Center, enjoy Malian photographer Seydou Keita's portraiture series. The series of five silver gelatin prints are just a few of the many portraits Keïta took of the residents of Bamako in the 1940s and '50s, in the years before Mali gained its independence. His subjects wore their finest outfits and posed in front of intricately patterned backgrounds, and would give the pictures out to friends and family. The committee was drawn to the prints' beauty as well as the unique moment in Mali's colonial history that they represent.