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A Welcome from Christina Hachikian, Executive Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative

Christina Hachikian

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business! I am delighted to welcome you into the community of Chicago Booth students, alumni, and faculty who are dedicated to solving some of the world’s toughest problems.

As the executive director of Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), a faculty member in strategy and entrepreneurship, and also an alumna of Booth, I’m especially passionate about spreading the word about all of the social impact opportunities we are growing at the school.

Our mission at SEI is twofold. First, we are committed to supporting the aspirations of our students and alumni to make an impact on the issues they care about. Second, we work to foster research on how institutions help solve global problems. In pursuit of the first goal, we find that most students come to Booth with a problem that they care about and want to help solve. So, the question we try to help students answer is, “How will you make an impact?”

SEI’s programs are designed to equip you with the knowledge, network, and experience you need to pursue your personal and professional social impact goals. For example, students interested in social entrepreneurship may take part in programs like the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC). The SNVC offers students the chance to learn social entrepreneurship fundamentals by launching a mission-driven start-up. Students pursuing impact investing may choose to compete in the MBA Impact Investing Network and Training (MIINT) program, an experiential learning opportunity which allows students to source, conduct diligence, and pitch investments in social enterprises. And these are just two of the many resources that SEI makes available to students interested in using their Booth MBA to make an impact.

Further, we are committed to the notion that research should inform education. SEI works to apply a rigorous academic lens to topics of consequence to the sector, including nonprofit management practices and impact measurement. To promote collaboration, we host visiting fellows from peer institutions, make available data sets, and provide funding to faculty members.

To learn more, I encourage you to visit us online at

I wish you the best of luck in your decision and offer my congratulations again on your acceptance to Booth.

Warm regards,

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07
Executive Director, Social Enterprise Initiative
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business