Joining student-led groups and clubs provides Boothies with a sense of community during the MBA experience and long after.
- February 02, 2023
- Part-Time MBA Blog
As students embark on their MBA experience, their involvement in student-led groups and clubs tends to play a prominent role in forming a collaborative community during their time at Booth. We have a multitude of student-led groups and clubs available ranging from career-focused and special interest groups to social groups, athletic groups, diversity groups and more. With many options to choose from, Boothies have a wide array of opportunities to interact with one another and create new experiences. Hear sentiments from co-chairs in some of our popular student-led groups and clubs within the Part-Time Program at Chicago Booth.
Booth Outdoors expands the MBA experience and strengthens the Booth community through adventures beyond the classroom into the great outdoors.
"Booth Outdoors transforms the MBA experience into a series of nature-packed adventures, and enables students to build relationships beyond the skyline of Chicago." – Nathan Shimp, co-chair of Booth Outdoors Club
Booth Marketing Club is a nonprofit student association organized to provide Evening MBA and Weekend MBA students with a forum for the exchange of marketing ideas, to educate students about topics and trends in the field, and to improve skills necessary to succeed in the marketing industry.
“I have been club co-chair for almost one year now, and what I love the most about this role is the constant exposure to different areas of marketing. Product, brand, digital, advertising, you name it. By organizing events, I get to interact and learn from experts in those fields.” – Giorgio Fontana, co-chair of Booth Marketing Club
Booth Product Management Club promotes an understanding of the multifaceted discipline of product management and aims to connect the future leaders at Booth with the current leaders in this field from around the world.
“The product management community at Booth is very diverse. We have entrepreneurs, product managers, and technology enthusiasts from many industries and backgrounds. In addition, the community members support one another professionally and personally. I’ve enjoyed exploring new product opportunities and building lifetime friendships along the way at Booth.” – Jason Corning, co-chair of Booth Product Management Club
Chicago Booth Finance Club aims to provide an environment for students to share experiences with others interested in working in finance-related fields and to identify career growth and enhancement opportunities for members.
"The Booth Finance Club has provided me with a sense of Fellowship and tribe, as we can gather professionals and lifelong friends from a wide range of industries. I came to Booth to be successful in my next career and life pivot, and finding a home within the Finance Club and other clubs has provided that for me.” – Larry Ferguson Jr., co-chair of Chicago Booth Finance Club
Chicago Booth Healthcare Club looks to enhance students’ understanding of business functions, trends, and careers that exist in the health-care sector.
“The E/W Healthcare Club allowed me to connect with other healthcare professionals that I was unlikely to meet otherwise. From surgeons to actuaries, the E/W Healthcare club brings together talent from every corner of the industry.” – Irena Kaplan, co-chair of Chicago Booth Healthcare Club
The Investment Management Club provides opportunities to gain exposure to and delve deeper into the richness of the investment management field.
“The Investment Management Club has allowed me to connect with other students interested in the field of investment management. Our team has been able to host speaker events with portfolio managers and analysts, as well as provide opportunities for students to learn about how to pitch stocks and source investment ideas. Being a co-chair has been a great way to network with other student leaders in the finance industry.” — Rosemary Concepcion, co-chair of Investment Management Club
The Coalition of Minorities in Business (CMB) group serves as an advocate for the Black, Latino, and Native American student populations with an objective to educate future business leaders on the benefits of diversity in business leadership.
“I work alongside the other co-chairs to plan social, cultural, and professional events to enhance the student experience for underrepresented students of color and the entire Booth community. In addition, CMB co-chairs are present at LAUNCH to welcome students of color to Booth and discuss ways that they can navigate their first quarter. Being a part of CMB has allowed me to develop a profound sense of community and to improve my leadership skills. I have been able to develop my network and make new connections at Booth through working with the co-chairs for CMB and other Chicago Booth clubs to plan exciting events.” – Khadijat Olayiwola, Presiding Chair of Coalition of Minorities in Business
Graduate Women in Business (GWB) is a nonprofit student association organized to provide women of Chicago Booth a forum for professional development, mentoring, and networking, both within the school and in the community at large.
“Serving on the GWB board allows me to not only build a support system for Booth women but also develop stronger bonds with the community. My co-chairs and I always strive to create that safe space through a variety of programs such as the Coffee and Cookies series, our Women in Entrepreneurship panel, and barre and yoga events where women and allies can connect in a more casual setting, share stories, and provide support to each other.” – Cathy Wang, President of Graduate Women in Business
The mission of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) is to continuously improve the Chicago Booth Evening MBA and Weekend MBA experience by responding to the dynamic needs of the student population and collaborating with the programs, alumni, and Career Services offices to drive visible, meaningful change.
"SAC is the only student group in the Part-Time program in which every student is a member. Because of this, it has allowed me to meet and interact with so many classmates who I might not have otherwise. I love the community here at Booth and am thankful for all that SAC does to support and enhance it." – Molly Cosgrove,
Co-President of Student Advisory Council
The Booth Communications Club (BCC) was founded with the goal of providing the right environment and motivation for students to develop skills in public speaking, sales presentations, and meeting management.
“The members of our energetic club offered me a chance to teach, learn, and grow as a contributor and collaborator in the Booth community. In 2023, BCC will be exploring new community engagement through collaborations with other popular student clubs. We hope to continue to be a source of fun, a tool for extra-curricular learning, and an opportunity for Boothies to step out of their comfort zones and into the spotlight.” – David Getz, President of Booth Communications Club
The mission of Booth Social Impact (BSI) is to foster a culture of social impact at Booth by providing the Part-Time student community with resources that prepare them for careers in the social sector, opportunities to serve their communities, and avenues to channel their curiosities about the problems facing our world.
“BSI consulting is a lot of work, but that's what makes it a great and unique bonding experience. Nonprofits are depending on the team for help with a strategic goal, so the team (five students and one alumni coach) is highly committed and engaged for the quarter-long project. It's the only opportunity I know of where you get to work with people so consistently outside of class. It's better than a class group project because everyone is instantly connected by their passion for the nonprofit client and everyone has a unique background that helps others learn new skills and grow professionally.” – Kathleen McGing, President of Booth Social Impact
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