by Nikhita Giridhar, Class of 2019
Each year, a carefully selected crop of co-chairs rise up to meet the demands of navigating professional life at Booth. As the time for transitions come around, we reached out to a few of this year’s co-chairs for their thoughts on the year gone by:
Pranav Himatsingka, Management Consulting Group:
While MCG co-chairs are often perceived as Lannisters, last year’s co-chairs were instrumental in many of us doing well with recruiting. We wanted to be able to give back in the same manner to the next class at Booth. This year, we introduced the Families program, revamped the case curriculum, had the most fun professional club social (looking at you BTG), and strived to make ourselves more approachable as co-chairs. Booth students continued to perform exceedingly well in Consulting recruiting this year and we are proud of that!
Asad Hassan, Booth Technology Group:
Our year as Booth Technology Group co-chairs went by in a flash. In addition to traditional career programming, we sought to build a more prominent and cohesive tech community at Booth. To that end, we invited alumni to deliver a hands-on product management workshop, organized informal mixers and launched the Tech Conference scheduled for the Spring, among other initiatives
It was overwhelming to think about the impact a professional group like BTG has on student recruiting. However, this motivated us to remain organized, plan ahead and collaborate with Career Services, the Kilts Center and other student groups to identify new opportunities for our members. We wish the best to our incoming co-chairs and are excited to see how they shape the group.
Yan Zhang, IMG:
Our reign is coming to an end! It has been an honor to be a Co-Chair of the Investment Management Group (“IMG”). When I was a first year, the IMG Co-Chairs generously volunteered their time to cultivate my learning and ensure I was given every opportunity to succeed. As a Co-Chair, I hoped to make the same impact on the Class of 2020. I am proud to say we’ve seen tremendous success in this year’s recruiting cycle, with IMG members en route to standout funds like T. Rowe Price, PIMCO, and Elliott Management. Anni, Ben, Daniel, David, Dhiren, Lily, and Nicholas – Best of luck next year!
Jasper Goldberg, IBG:
As Investment Banking Group Co-Chairs, we’re proud to have upheld Booth’s tradition of treating investment banking recruiting as a team sport. Our alumni, Career Services, and the second-year class have worked together to secure job offers for over 90% of our first years who recruited for IB, including career switchers (like three of this year's Co-Chairs), international students (like our other Co-Chair), and students from all backgrounds. We’ll miss Booth, but we’re confident that IBG is in good hands with the Class of 2020 and our new Co-Chairs, Ashley, Guilherme, Kim, Parker, and Zain.
Kallie Parchman, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital:
Given the non-traditional career paths our members pursue, the EVC community is especially tight-knit and we strove to continue to foster that. We were the beneficiaries of our former co-chairs’ guidance and programming, and were driven to try to help do the same for the next class. Seedcon was a sold-out event this year, and our VC and start-up programming grew stronger. As more students gain confidence to make more unstructured career choices, we can only expect the EVC community to grow bigger and stronger. The club is in safe hands with an incredible set of incoming co-chairs and we wish them all luck!
Alex Guynn, Booth Education Group
I decided to be a co-chair of BoothEd and help plan our conference because I wanted to learn more about the ed space in Chicago and help foster and have conversations about education. The conference was a rewarding experience because it did that - it brought together over 200 people from various backgrounds, but with a common interesting in education, and sparked many conversations throughout the day on important, but challenging topics.
These co-chairs have turned another year for Booth’s professional groups, setting high standards and working tirelessly for the community we are so proud to call our own.