Full-Time MBA

Live Chat with Admissions

June 21, 2017

12 P.M. - 1 P.M.

If you're considering applying Chicago Booth’s, join this live chat with the Full-Time MBA Admissions Committee. Whether you're just beginning your MBA research or preparing to apply this year, ask about the 2017-18 essay question, letters of recommendation, admissions events, and more. Register for this chat »

Chat Panelists:

Colin Davis , Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Marketing
Colin Davis Colin joined the Admissions team in June 2014. He is responsible for brand alignment and developing integrated marketing and communication strategies for the full time MBA program. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, he spent four years in the marketing department at Chicago Booth, where he provided strategic consultation, project management, and marketing plan development for Booth's corporate, full-time MBA, and Evening and Weekend MBA audiences. Before Booth, Colin spent five years at the National Basketball Association in the Team Marketing & Business Operations and Social Responsibility & Player Programs groups. He worked with NBA teams and players to develop national marketing programs and partnerships with corporations such as ESPN, Toyota, Nike, Adidas, HP, Gatorade, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and UNICEF. He also facilitated international marketing campaigns in China, France, South Africa, and Canada. Colin holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in New York.

Donna Swinford , Director of Operations and Evaluation
Donna Swinford Donna is responsible for handling all issues related to technology, application systems, and operations for the Office of Admissions. Before joining the Admissions team in 2005, she held the positions of project manager for the computing services office and information services manager in MBA Career Services at Chicago Booth. Donna was integral in the development and implementation of our online application system. Donna has been at Chicago Booth since 1997.

Kate Hoffman , Associate Director of Admissions
Kate Hoffman Kate joined Booth’s Full-Time Admissions team in April, 2015. She works on integrated marketing and communication projects for the full time MBA program, serves as part of the Admissions Committee, and works closely with the Booth Experience Fellows. Kate comes to admissions from Chicago Booth’s marketing department, where she was a writer and editor for two and a half years. She has been in Chicago since 2006 and spent nearly six years writing for Dream Town Realty, a Chicago-based real estate company. Kate previously lived in Michigan where she worked for a number of local publications including Real Detroit, The Oakland Press, and the Ferndale Mirror. She has a bachelor's in advertising and master's in journalism from Michigan State University.

Nima Merchant , Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Analytics
Nima joined the Full Time Admissions team in December 2015. She is responsible for driving analytics and overall admissions operations. Prior to joining the Admissions Office, Nima spent five years in Career Services on the Employer Relations team. She joined the team in 2009 and helped develop new employer relationships on the west coast of the United States and later by industry within technology, investment management, media, entertainment, sports, and start-ups across all industries. During her time she developed Amazon into a top employer at Chicago Booth. Nima also worked for the Advisory Board Company and Johns Hopkins International and has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Health Science/Management. Originally from New Jersey, Nima lives in the South Loop with her husband (Full Time Program, Class of 2010) and twins. In her free time she enjoys cooking, eating out in Chicago, attending concerts and traveling.