Fun at Follies
Rachel Patterson, '03
I made a lot of good friendships at Booth, many of which remain. An intense experience creates an esprit de corps, and both the MBA and some of the historical and economic events (9/11, Enron & Worldcom implosions, jobless recovery, so few job offers) qualify. Just today, I had coffee with a classmate whom I hadn’t seen since our 5th reunion. It was like no time had passed. Our classmates were interesting, multi-layered, and multi-faceted. Everyone was intellectually ambitious, but it was paired with a lack of hubris that was especially refreshing.
The extracurriculars were a great way to get to know a subset of our large classes. It was incredible to see everyone's creativity (and the non-serious side) at Follies. I remember getting to LEAD class late one afternoon, and a "tardy policy" had recently been instituted that, if guilty, you had to sing a song in front of everybody. No one knew that I had been a professional singer, so I launched in... and the room went silent.
I had to work hard, but I'm glad, because I still remember a lot of the analytical tools and processes. One course I continue to think about was a leadership class with Harry Davis. I loved stepping back to think about the human side of business. One of his memorable analogies was about a theater stage. We analyzed the diverse skill sets on our team, or within ourselves, and decided which should be front stage versus in supporting a role.
I’m excited to return, revisit old haunts, and memories. There's so much to catch up on: How and where are you/your family? What have been your career and life accomplishments? Did you have any unexpected turns? I'm looking forward to the opportunities to reconnect and create more memories.
Rachel Patterson is Founding Principle of Glocal Consultants Group, LLC a growth strategy firm for non-profit-organizations and small businesses, and is enjoying being based in New York, seeing family and friends. She is also co-chair of the Class of 2003 reunion committee.