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Curry’s words remind us of the impact women have when we work together and support one another. As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, women from our global Executive MBA Program offer advice and thoughts for fellow female leaders who are beginning their own Chicago Booth journey.

“My advice to you is be present and enjoy the journey. This is an experience of a lifetime that will pass by in a flash. You will be challenged in more ways than you can imagine. You will be inspired by the faculty, your cohorts, and the alumni. The program will give you the confidence and tools to better deal with whatever life throws at you and to step it up a notch. See you at the top!”

LanPeng Chin, Current Student, Executive MBA Program London

“Until you’re in it, you don’t realize how challenging the Booth Executive MBA program is. Don’t let the hard work deter you from enjoying every moment – the opportunity for intellectual engagement, precious time with remarkable classmates, international travel with friends, and, most importantly, personal transformation.”

Julie McLaughlin, ’13, Executive MBA Program Chicago

"I have connected with fellow high-performing women in the program that I know will remain my personal board of advisors for a very, very long time. It's not our success stories but our vulnerabilities and challenges that have forged this bond. The Booth EMBA journey offers women an opportunity to build life-long friendships.”

Angel Chia, Current Student, Executive MBA Program Hong Kong

“Something that surprised me as a woman in the program was that, after a few months of working with an executive career coach, my ‘mom guilt’ was eliminated. It turned into inspiration to invest in myself for my children.”

M. Concepción Prado, ’16, Executive MBA Program Chicago

“If we keep making more leaders who resemble existing ones, we will make the level of progress we have already made. That’s not enough. You have so much to bring to Booth. Be a new kind of leader for others to look up to and resemble. Then we will truly change the game.”

Sarah McEneaney, ’16, Executive MBA Program Chicago

Emily Schmidt

Assistant Director, Admissions, Chicago

Emily cultivates relationships with prospective students, helping them navigate the admissions process, and assists in crafting communications.

Emily Schmidt