Kaley Neeson explains how she maximized her MBA to grow as a leader, expand her network, and proved to meet some of her best friends at Chicago Booth.
- September 14, 2021
- Booth Women
I am currently working in consulting, and I hope to spend valuable time building my experience in new industries and on diverse projects. I am hoping to eventually transition back into my previous industry and continue to move up within any organization. My intrinsic value is to make a positive impact on people and Booth will help me achieve these aspirations through my influential leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, and a vast network of supportive Boothies.
I used the flexible curriculum to graduate with four concentrations (General Management, Strategic Management, Behavioral Science, and Economics) and dive deeper into subjects, decision making models, theories, etc. that I hadn’t gotten as much access to before. I was also able to take a summer off and do few quarters where I only took one class because of a more demanding work schedule. This allowed me to balance all aspects of my life to get the most out of my MBA.
Booth has helped me as a leader in the way I approach situations, try to understand all external and internal influences on people, and to try to influence effectively without authority. I was exposed to different concepts/case studies in classes, during the leadership retreat and Booth Women Advance involvement, through different clubs/events, and my professors/classmates. Not only have I developed invaluable skills, but I have gained the confidence needed to execute as a good leader.
I felt supported by the Booth community everyday through my classmates, especially my female classmates. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging of each other whether at club events, in the classroom, and both personally and professionally. Some of my best friends are my fellow Booth alumni. In addition, Career Services, (especially Anita Brick) was extremely impactful in helping me navigate the world of networking, interviewing, and landing my new role. Anita was helpful, inspirational, and always available when I needed her. Lastly, the Booth alumni network is one of the best of any school in the world. When I was networking and trying to learn as much as I could while looking for new roles, almost every single Booth alumnus I reached out to was willing to connect with me for 30 minutes, even if they had never met me before. I really felt the impact of the Booth community during this time.