At Chicago Booth, a number of students each year show an interest in pursuing careers in social impact. As Booth’s hub for people tackling complex social and environmental problems, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is working to help these Booth students positively impact humanity and our planet. Together with Career Services, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation helps students explore social sector careers.

The Rustandy Center reached out to Madeline (King) Hannigan, ’17, an investment associate at Charter School Growth Fund, to learn about her Booth experience and some of the programs and resources that helped her pursue a career in social impact.

You were involved in social impact at Booth starting on day one. What initially brought you to Booth?

MH: When I was looking at business schools in 2014, a visit to Booth sealed it as my top choice. I visited a negotiations class taught by clinical professor of Madeline 2managerial psychology Linda Ginzel, who happened to be covering salary negotiations that day. (Editor’s Note: Negotiations is a popular course at Booth that is taught by a number of faculty, including Professor Ginzel. Students can connect with Academic Services to learn more about specific courses). The timing couldn’t have been better, since I was in the middle of my year-end conversation with my manager. I left that day feeling like if I learned even a fraction of similar valuable lessons while at Booth, it would be worth it.

While I always knew I would gravitate toward the classes (I love being a student!), what really stood out to me during that visit was chatting with my fellow prospective students. When I expressed my career goals of working in social impact, fellow Boothies saw that as an asset and immediately wanted to know how they could provide introductions or encouragement. That’s not necessarily the reaction I got at every school I visited. Sometimes, the assumption was that I would change my mind, with the implication that a more traditional post-MBA path would be a “better” decision.

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