Why did you choose Chicago Booth for your MBA Experience?
I was drawn to Chicago Booth because of its emphasis on analytical rigor and its flexible curriculum. I perceived that these two things would prepare me to manage a myriad of business contexts and problems. Additionally, the Booth network and reputation were quite important to me to ensure a persistent ROI of my degree.
Why Chicago Business Fellows? Why was getting an MBA earlier in your career important to you?
A few different things drew me into an early career MBA at Chicago Booth. As part of a future-leader development program at Wells Fargo, I quickly realized the importance of both hard and soft skills to navigate today's dynamic workplace – I learned that leaders need to know how to tell a story and explain how their projects impact a balance sheet. An MBA program is unbeatable in providing these skills in a relevant and efficient manner.
Furthermore, as a first-generation corporate professional, I sometimes felt lost navigating particular corporate dynamics and had difficulty leaning into a "network." Chicago Business Fellow's highly-qualified career advisors and targeted programming (i.e., a business etiquette class) fulfilled these pressing needs.
What do you hope an MBA will help you achieve in your future?
How have you felt supported by the Booth community?
I hope my MBA will help me become an effective manager who can balance fostering inclusion, establishing strategic priorities, and driving innovative execution. Thus far, I am confident the Booth curriculum, network, and career center professionals have provided me with a toolkit to help make this vision a reality.
The Booth community played an instrumental role in helping me secure my current role as a Product Manager for the Payments platform at Starbucks. I leaned on support from fellow students to prepare for product management interviews. I connected with Booth alumni to identify opportunities at leading companies and learn how to position myself. Lastly, the career center helped me from beginning to end – I relied on multiple advisors throughout the job application and interview process.