Weekend MBA

Jackie DiMonte

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City

Chicago, IL

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Company

Smart Cities Manager at Silver Spring Networks

Favorite Professor

Craig Wortmann, clinical professor of entrepreneurship

Career changes while at Booth

I moved from a systems and technology analyst at Accenture to a smart cities role at Silver Spring Networks. I diversified my responsibilities in an area I had been angling to get into, and also received an increase in salary.

What surprised you most about Booth?

Three things: 1) The breadth and depth of the network. I’ve met some of my absolute best friends here. 2) Exposure to new opportunities and people. Since starting Booth, I’ve considered career paths and industries that I didn't even know existed before. 3) Continuous self-development. Booth faculty make it a point to include a mix of lessons based on developing both hard and soft skills.

Advice to anyone considering business school

Do it! I did, and I haven’t looked back. I recommend reading the book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. It helped me identify alternative learning options and validate that an MBA was right for me.

Student Groups

Evening and Weekend Booth Technology Group (cofounder), Built@Booth: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, Corporate Strategy and Management Group, LAUNCH Mentor