Live Chat with Admissions | China, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore
Wednesday, September 6
9 A.M. - 10 A.M.
Join us for an exclusive chat for applicants who registered for a Chicago Booth information session or MBA event in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo or Singapore. As a follow-up to those events, Nima Merchant and Kelly Smith from Admissions will take your unanswered questions regarding this year's application and essay, deadlines, interviews, Booth admissions events, and more. We look forward to having you join us! Register for this chat »
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.
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Kristen joined the Admissions team in January 2015. In addition to serving as part of the admissions committee, Kristen works with the Operations Team to ensure that the admissions process runs smoothly. She also manages the waitlist and international student visa processes. She received her BA in French with a minor in Spanish from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Prior to moving to Chicago so that her fiancé could start his MBA studies at Chicago Booth, Kristen worked in MBA Admissions at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, and later as an Admissions Officer in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgetown.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Kelly Smith began working with admissions in August of 2013. Kelly serves as an active team member of the operations and outreach team and admissions committee. She is also involved in recruitment and evaluation and will work to engage alumni in the admissions process. Prior to Chicago Booth, Kelly was an administrative honors fellow at the University of Illinois College of Law. In this role, Kelly served as an admissions counselor, student services advisor, and a career counselor for the international master of laws program. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2011. Prior to law school, Kelly obtained a bachelor of arts in political science & English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.