By Reid Tileston '15 & Nick Reierson '15
Behavioral science researchers have found that two factors reliably predict happiness. The first is the strength of relationships with other people and the second is having a high impact life. While cultivating and maintaining relationships seems straightforward, having a high impact life can feel like a tall task.
As Booth students, we give a lot thought to Life After Booth. It is relatively easy to weigh the mix of salary, signing bonus, job title, and locations. Where the challenge often arises is understanding how our future high-powered careers align with our values and the impact we each hope to achieve. Life After Booth, a week long speaker series, brings this conversation to center stage.
The idea came about after last year’s ethics conference Navigating The Grey. “Business ethics” is often a discussion about financial fraud and the potentially thin, hazy line between between legal and illegal. Yet for many students, the challenge of integrating their values with their work is not a matter of avoiding fraud as much as deciding, what do I want to do with my life? With what type of industry or company do I want to align myself? I know the impact I hope to have, but how do I achieve it? If any of these questions are on your mind, come to one or all of the great events events next week.
The event kicks off March 2nd with Design Your Life Workshop led by Dave Evans, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and co-founder of EA Sports. Dave is currently a lecturer at Stanford’s Design Program and has built the workshop to give students tools based in design thinking to discern how to chart their path. Next up, Professor Nicholas Epley will do a fireside Chat with the former Chairman and CEO of Exelon, John Rowe. In this discussion, Epley will present Three Myths of Morality supported by academic research with Rowe providing entertaining and thought provoking anecdotes from his time being a leader in the energy industry. Wednesday will feature Booth Alum and M.D. Amy Lehman talking about her journey to leave Western medicine to bring a floating clinic to the Congo. For the week’s grand finale, on Thursday, Booth’s beloved Harry Davis will host former Baxter CEO and Executive Partner with Madison Dearborn, Harry Kraemer, to discuss living your values and ethical challenges faced in the health care industry.
Whether you already feel set in your job hunt or are still searching, when planning out your first week of March, set aside a few hours to reflect on the life you plan on living after Booth.
Reid Tileston and Nick Reierson are both second year’s at Chicago Booth and are co-planning Life After Booth Week