Full-Time MBA

Venkat Raman, '18

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Hometown

Chennai, India

Education

University of Madras

Before Booth

Assistant Manager, Ernst & Young

2017 Internship:

Boston Consulting Group, Chicago

Leadership at Booth:

When I think about the type of leader I want to be, I know I want to run the course with the people around me, include myself as part of the community, and make decisions that are collaborative rather than unilateral. That's why I was so attracted to leadership positions at Booth. I'm on the Graduate Business Council and I'm a co-chair of the Management Consulting Group. Both these roles involve decision making that directly affects all members, and you can't make those decisions unilaterally. You need to think about what's working best for them, take the collaborative feedback around you, and then employ it in the best way possible. I feel like the leadership I've practiced really resonates with me in terms of the type of leader I want to be even once I leave Booth.

Favorite Class:

My favorite class was Platform Competition with Austan Goolsbee. The class deals with the strategy and economics of platform industries; industries that connect buyers and sellers with the platform in the middle.This was my favorite class because of how relevant it is in today's world. With things like the app store, social networks, and market places all rising in prominence, the platform industry is something that's very important in today's decision making. CEOs are constantly thinking what are the economics behind it, and what non-economic factors should influence all the decisions around it. I also loved this class because of Professor Goolsbee's teaching style. He was previously the chairman of President Obama's Councilor of Economic Advisors, and a stand-up comedian. He was hilarious, and watching the convergence of those two unique backgrounds in the classroom was amazing.