Reconnect 2021 was filled with laughter, smiles, and learning at every turn shared by 2,200 alumni and friends who registered for the event. The festivities kicked off on Thursday with a welcome from Dean Rajan and conversations with the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award winners. Music and University of Chicago architecture converged in a virtual concert and campus tour featuring artist-in-residence, Clare Longendyke. The day ended with a magic show with Chicago’s Magic Lounge featuring audience assistants, sleight of hand, card tricks, and lessons in magic.


The 68th annual Management Conference started off the day on Friday, featuring a keynote conversation with Cliff Asness, MBA '91, PhD '94, David Booth '71, (both of whom were in a reunion year), and Eugene F. Fama, MBA '64, PhD '64, moderated by professor Steven Neil Kaplan, as well as many other faculty, alumni, and expert panelists. See highlights and recordings here.


Reunion alumni enjoyed the afternoon competing in trivia, learning about the wine industry with Chicago company Bottles Up!, and ending the evening at a virtual cocktail part with Little Tequila, founded by Paige Williams, AB '16, AM '20.


Individual classes and affinity groups were busy Saturday and Sunday. Lauren (Abrahamson) Tharp, '20 hosted yoga; the class of 1981 enjoyed a virtual Bloody Mary LPF and the class of 2020 a comedy show; there were brunches, trivia, meetups, and panel discussions; the Women’s Network, Latinx community, and Black Alumni Association hosted get-togethers; and more. Each session was unique and classmates were able to be together, catch up on what’s changed since their time in b-school together, and laugh over old memories.


This year’s event was one for the books, and we can’t wait to see where Reconnect 2022 takes us!

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Reconnect 2021 Kickoff

Reconnect weekend kicked off with a short welcome from dean Madhav Rajan.
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Reconnect 2021 Kickoff
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2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Interviews

Winners James C. Fish, Jr., '98, Jake Crampton, '98, Luis Miranda, '89, and Shruti Gandhi, '12, spoke with Booth faculty about their experience at Booth, their careers, and what winning the award means to them. Learn more about the winners and watch their interviews.  
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2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Interviews
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Management Conference 2021

From lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to predictions for the future of the MBA degree, attendees of this year’s virtual Management Conference heard faculty and industry experts discuss intellectually engaging and high impact topics.
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Management Conference 2021

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