Reconnect 2021 Schedule
The programming listed here took place April 29–May 1, 2021. Please check back for 2022 event details.
Thursday, April 29
Kick off Reconnect weekend with a short welcome from dean Madhav Rajan.
View conversations with the four 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees James C. Fish, Jr., '98, Jake Crampton, '98, Luis Miranda, '89, and Shruti Gandhi, '12.
Madhav Rajan, Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting and James C. Fish, Jr. '98, the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in the Corporate category, chat about Jim's career path, his current role as CEO of Waste Management, and how the Booth alumni network has continued to support him throughout his career.
Jake Crampton, '98 and Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, discuss how participating in the early days of the Polsky Center’s Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge helped give birth to MedSpeed, the medical courier and logistics provider where Jake serves as CEO after founding it as a Booth student. Jake and Professor Kaplan dive deep into MedSpeed’s growth from a Chicago-based startup to a national enterprise with over 140 hub operations across 29 states.
Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management, and Luis Miranda, '89, Public Service Award winner as well as Chairman and Co-Founder of the Indian School of Public Policy, explore Luis’s connection to the founding of the LEAD Program, his pivotal role in infrastructure and the social impact sector in India, and how leadership can evolve and grow throughout one’s career.
Shruti Gandhi, '12, General Partner and Founding Engineer at Array Ventures catches up with Deputy Dean for MBA Programs, Starr Marcello. Their conversation centers on how the Booth experience helped give Shruti the skills and confidence to create a successful early stage venture capital fund that focuses on solving pressing problems in large industries using data, AI, and machine learning, as well as how being connected to the Booth community has continued to help Array find continued success.
SOUND/SITES is a virtual concert series that combines music with architectural landmarks on the University of Chicago campus.
You and your family will be amazed and delighted as you watch the Chicago Magic Lounge’s interactive, virtual Chicago-style Magic experience that you can enjoy through the magic of web conferencing! Take a well-deserved break from reality in this fully produced, live magic show explicitly designed for home viewing through Zoom.
Friday, April 30
Join Cliff Asness, MBA '91, PhD '94, David Booth, '71, Eugene F. Fama, MBA '64, PhD '64, and Steven Neil Kaplan for a keynote conversation, as well as other notable speakers for breakout sessions following the keynote.
Join our notable speakers Cliff Asness, MBA '91, PhD '94, David Booth '71, (who are both celebrating their reunion this year), and Eugene F. Fama, MBA '64, PhD '64, in a conversation moderated by professor Steven Neil Kaplan.
Hear these three giants of the investment world discuss their views on the current and future state of asset prices and investing.
Big Data in the Classroom
This session will cover the importance of teaching students not only how to conduct analytics, but how to communicate the findings and the intuition underlying the findings to a non-expert to persuade them to act on the evidence. This requires teaching students how to couch the analytics in terms of the specific scientific hypothesis being tested and to use visuals to assist in helping non-experts understand how you reached your conclusions.
Covering Economic Issues When Experts Are Not Trusted
Award winning journalists Chris Giles of the Financial Times, Jeanna Smialek of the New York Times, and Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post describe the challenges of covering complicated economic issues in the current political environment. They will discuss how public skepticism complicates the coverage of Brexit, monetary policy and taxes (among other issues). Professor Anil K. Kashyap will moderate the discussion.
The COVID-19 Vaccine
Our panelists will discuss the lessons we have learned from the development and rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines and treatments. The three panelists have been at the forefront of developing vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Stan Erck is the CEO of vaccine developer Novavax. Jim Kilts was a long-time board member of Pfizer. Bob Nelsen, the most successful life science venture capitalist of the last 10 years, is a board member of Vir which is developing COVID-19 treatments. Stephen Weber, the moderator, has been treating COVID-19 patients as Chief Medical Officer of UChicago Medicine.
Chicago Booth Faculty Research: Lessons from the Pandemic
Booth faculty will share the findings of different research that they have conducted about behavior during the pandemic and draw out the implications for people, businesses, and the economy.
Future of the MBA
Professors McGill and Stole along with Dean Rajan will discuss the changing nature of business schools in the current environment. They will cover both trends across the industry and the latest developments at Booth, including some lessons learned from the curriculum review committee that Professor McGill chaired and on which Professor Stole served.
Perspectives on COVID-19
This panel will discuss challenges facing universities and industry, and thoughts on what we have learned and how the pandemic will change things going forward.
Participate in Reunion Year Trivia with your classmates and other reunion alumni. Participants collaborate virtually for some friendly competition!
Join your fellow reunion alumni to learn about tequila history, tips, and tricks from Owner/Founder Paige Williams, AB' 16, AM '20. Little Tequila is a Black Woman-Owned Business that serves the highest quality Tequilas from Jalisco, Mexico.
Saturday, May 1
Join Lauren (Abrahamson) Tharp, '20, certified CorePower yoga instructor, for a virtual yoga class, which will be accessible for all levels but will offer some challenge!
CBWN welcomes Booth alumnae to come together, reconnect, and learn how to stay connected through CBWN. We are a global network run by Booth women, for Booth women, regardless of how long ago you graduated or which program you attended. Come join us to meet other alumnae, hear how you can participate, and share your ideas for future events. You worked hard for your degree and thereby earned your membership to the Chicago Booth Women’s Network—a network of women empowering women for professional success.
Join this session to reconnect with fellow '76 friends and classmates! See some familiar faces and participate in the breakout room(s) of your choice. Current breakout room topics include: Laughlin Hall, International House, Women from the class of 1976, Black Alumni from the class of 1976, Quant/Finance, and Retired/Second Career.
LET’S BRING BACK THE LPF! We all share so many great memories from Chicago GSB! Join the class of 1981 reunion committee for a virtual Bloody Mary LPF. There will be 30 minute break-out rooms for small groups to reconnect, catch up. and share our favorite “Bloody” recipes. This will be a great, fun way to conclude a most unusual 40th reunion.
Join this session to reconnect with fellow '86 friends and classmates! See some familiar faces and participate in the breakout room(s) of your choice.
Join your 2016 classmates for a virtual brunch! We will kick off with a toast followed by four sets of 10-minute breakout sessions.
Reminisce. Catch Up. Network. Reunite virtually with fellow 2001 Executive MBA graduates for some meaningful exchange and a walk down memory lane.
"Chatting with Chat" returns for a conversation with 2011 alumni who have pursued entrepreneurship, moderated by Chat Razdan and featuring Shermica Farquhar, Alex O'Brien, and Ashish Tolia. Attendees will then have the option of popping in/out of breakout rooms to catch up with fellow alumni. Finally, Arjen Mackaaij will host a casual conversation about wining, dining, and the wine industry with João Alves de Sá (wine director at Verve Wine Chicago and sommelier at Next Restaurant). Bring your time zone-appropriate drink of choice.
Join fellow Latinx alumni for an engaging discussion on what you'd like to see in a Booth Latinx Alumni Association. Lory Carbajal-Van Ness, '08, and Linda Trujano, '20, are working with a team to explore the idea of creating a Booth Latinx alumni network and would appreciate meeting you and hearing your feedback/ideas.
Join classmates anytime between 4 and 7 to see familiar faces and catch-up (breakout rooms included). Come by at a time that works best with your time zone and don’t forget to bring your beverage of choice!
Join your Class of 2020 classmates for laughs during a private improv comedy show from DC Improv Comedy Club. The show will be followed by breakout rooms where you can connect with classmates virtually, including specific rooms for EMBA alumni.
Join classmates from XP-70 for an afternoon/evening of laughs and knowledge. A great chance to interact in both large and small groups. Cocktails and significant others are welcome, but not required.
Please register for this event by Thursday, April 29.
Class of 2011 Late Session: Custom Trivia Extravaganza, Virtual Catch-ups, and a Bonkers Prize
What was the top song in the US the day we started classes? Who were the three profs teaching Micro our first quarter? Hosted by John Clinton and Jonathan Lee, anyone can jump in and play this Class of 2011-customized, multiple choice trivia competition. Expect plenty of guest appearances from your favorite classmates, time for optional breakout catch-ups, and a massive prize for the winner! Bring your time zone-appropriate drink of choice.
Sunday, May 2
Chicago Booth Black Alumni Association (CBAA) presents: Empowering Black Voices in Business
Grab a mimosa and join the CBAA Community as we gather together during our annual brunch celebration virtually. Meet the new CBAA Board, learn about CBAA history as well as plans for the future, hear from Deputy Dean Starr Marcello, and get insight from Black alumni panelists as they share thoughts on empowering Black voices in business. To close the brunch, we’ll have a social activity that’s sure to mix things up a bit! There will also be an optional Meet & Greet at 11:30 a.m. to mingle with Round 3 accepted students.