Reconnect 2019 Schedule


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gleacher Center, Room 100 (450 Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago)

Join the Polsky Center for the finals of the inaugural Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), the only track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge that serves entrepreneurial UChicago alumni from around the globe. Top teams from the five participating regions (Europe, Asia, East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest) will be pitching for investment. Throughout the day, the ANVC finalists will present to a panel of judges comprising of top investors, entrepreneurs, and others for up to $100,000 in funding. The NVC is a top-ranked U.S. accelerator program and this year marks the 23rd anniversary of the larger program. This event is currently SOLD OUT, but alumni are encouraged to watch the finals via the global livestream 

Alumni and their guests can stop by the Registration Hub on the sixth floor of Gleacher Center (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago, Illinois, 60611) to check in early, grab their name badges, and kick off the Reconnect experience.

Start off Reconnect weekend by celebrating with your friends, classmates, and Booth alumni from across the generations in Room 621 at Gleacher Center (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago, Illinois, 60611).

Friday, May 3, 2019

Booth women (alumnae and students) are invited to connect and network to kick off Management Conference and Reconnect Weekend.


9:30-9:50 a.m.: Opening Networking
9:50-10:10 a.m.: Morning Connection (“Perfectionism’s power play: shaping our risk taking, priorities, and relationships”)
10:10-11:00 a.m.: Networking Continued

The breakfast will be held at the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago, Illinois, 60611.

11:00 a.m.  Registration Opens at the Fairmont Hotel

Noon “The Dean’s Address” 

12:35 p.m. Program/Keynote Speech Begins

1:45–2:00 p.m. Break/Walk to Gleacher Center

2:15–3:30 p.m. Breakout Session #1 

3:30–3:45 p.m. Break 

3:45–5 p.m. Breakout Session #2 


For more information about the Management Conference, view the website here.


A special celebration for Executive MBA alumni celebrating a milestone reunion. Current students and prospective students are also invited to join.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Shuttle service will run every 30 minutes between Gleacher Center and Harper Center on Saturday from 9:30 a.m - 4 p.m. The last shuttle will leave at 4 p.m. from Harper Center. 


Come learn about the thriving entrepreneurship and innovative ecosystem at the University of Chicago!

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a resource for all UChicago faculty, staff, students, alumni, and local community entrepreneurs on the South Side of Chicago. This past year, the Polsky Center launched the Alumni New Venture Challenge (ANVC), which is the fifth track of the Polsky Center’s nationally-ranked Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) program. 

The ANVC is open to all University of Chicago alumni who are in the process of launching and developing their startup ventures. Alumni must apply to their local regional program, and accepted startups will get the chance to receive dedicated support and mentoring from the Polsky Center as well as seasoned alumni entrepreneurs and investors across the globe. Semifinals will be hosted in each local region and the ANVC global finals will be held in Chicago as part of UChicago Innovation Fest 2020. At the finals, alumni startups are competing for up to $100,000 in funding and prizes. 

Learn about how to apply to the ANVC for the 2019-20 academic year and get a guided tour of the Polsky Exchange, a 34,000 square foot business incubator and startup hub on 53rd Street, which is located in the heart of the growing innovation district of Hyde Park. Take a tour of the wide array of resources that are currently available to alumni entrepreneurs and innovators who are members of the Polsky Center, including the state-of-the-art fabrication and prototyping lab, mentorship appointments with leading industry experts, the business incubator program, and more than 450 events and workshops per year to support entrepreneurs. 

Guided tours and free breakfast will be provided. You can reach the Polsky Exchange by taking either the Polsky or 53rd Street University of Chicago shuttles. 

Location: Polsky Exchange North (1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615)

Get back in touch with Booth's renowned spirit of inquiry and analysis with esteemed faculty. All sessions are 11:00 a.m.-  Noon at the Harper Center and include the following:

- Choosing Leadership: Linda Ginzel, Clinical Professor of Managerial Psychology

- Decision making with a dearth of data - how expert entrepreneurs make decisions: Waverly Deutsch, Clinical Professor and Academic Director of University-wide Entrepreneurship Content

- Designing a Good Life: Nick Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow

Scalable Marketing Decisions: Sanjog Misra, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing and Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow 


Back to Booth is supported by the Fred G. Steingraber / A.T. Kearney Endowment. The endowment supports lifelong learning among Chicago Booth alumni.

Curious about the science of human behavior? Take part in a behavioral science study with the Center for Decision Research, which examines the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices. Participation is simple and interesting: a short interaction with another participant and a few questions about your experience. Total time: 15 minutes.

Celebrate a reunion-wide barbecue. This event is family friendly, located in the Harper Center's Winter Garden and open to reunion alumni only and their guests.

Join members of the Chicago Booth LGBTQ community for a student and alumni reception in the River North/Downtown area. This will be a great opportunity to connect with LGBTQ alumni as well as other current students over cocktails and appetizers. Register here to join! 

 Questions?  Contact Kelly de Klerk at

The Adventure Capital Challenge (ACC) provides seed funding to help Booth alumni reinvent themselves. By encouraging the exploration of personal passions, the ACC invests in alumni passion projects and nascent professional interests. In return, all ACC awardees share their journeys and hard-won lessons with the greater Booth community at this annual presentation. Join Harry Davis and the ACC Class of ’19 to learn from this year’s Adventures.  This event will be held at the Gleacher Center.

Elizabeth Abunaw (’14)
Grassroots Grocery: With an emphasis on food equity and social impact, Liz formed partnerships to expand grocery options on Chicago’s West Side. 

Meenakshi Dash (’08)
I Wish I Were A Tribal Woman: A project of great personal and familial importance, Meenakshi is researching and illustrating a book to teach children worldwide about the lives and history of women and girls from the tribes of Asia.

Alex Brand (’15)
The Kenya Charcuterie Project: Integrating a love of food and a background in food operations, this project began with an intensive global study of artisanal charcuterie production and will launch a new restaurant this year.

Sunday, May 5, 2019  

Partake in a stylish brunch in the Thompson Hotels’ beautiful Chicago 7 Ballroom. Enjoy stunning floor-to-ceiling views of downtown Chicago. Brunch will be served buffet style and will include traditional brunch fare. Reconnect, connect, and mingle with fellow black Booth alumni in this gorgeous setting.