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Chicago Booth believes in life-long career development to help you maintain your professional edge. Through CareerCast, an online, audio recording series, we give alumni and students the chance to hear experts discuss topics such as crafting your story, making an industry or function change, managing employees, taking the entrepreneurial plunge and more. Because these talks are available online, you can access them anytime, anywhere and as often as you want. You will have the opportunity to ...
 
Thousands of attendees and webcast viewers worldwide heard some of the most brilliant minds in business discuss the future of markets at this year's conference. In the midst of the worst recession since 1930s, world-renowned Chicago Booth faculty and industry leaders reexamined the government’s role in the economy and took a close look at current topics that shape the economic debate.
 
Are you ready to take your career and your graduate program to the next level? Want to learn what other graduate program managers from around the world are doing to take their programs to the next level? This podcast will help you learn proven strategies and tactics other program managers use to advance their programs. Rodney Alsup, founder of the MBA News Digest discusses curriculum management, program assessment, recruiting and enrollment, alumni relations, social media, social media marke ...
 
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Opportunities are often “hidden” without having career advocates to facilitate them. Yet with those meaningful introductions, many career and entrepreneurial “big breaks” occur. The question is how do you create authentic and mutually beneficial relationships where the risk to help you is worth it to the other person. In this CareerCast, Susan McPh…
 
Are you ready to make a move, or at least want to, and not sure how to bridge from your past to your aspiration? Kimberly B. Cummings, a leading career and leadership development expert, accomplished speaker, and author of Next Move, Best Move: Transitioning into a Career You’ll Love, would emphatically tell you to pivot with your strengths, values…
 
Wharton Professor Mauro Guillén, recently named dean of Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, and author of 2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything joined me to discuss how B-School deans and graduate program leaders can prepare their programs for 2030 and beyond.…
 
Brian chats with Trevor Lwin, MBA ’12, about his round trip ETA journey. Trevor discusses his introduction to the model during his time as an executive MBA student at Chicago Booth, his keys to a successful partner search, advice on intermediaries, and his experience operating T Base, a proprietary software company that converts documents for peopl…
 
Do you know how your personal brand and reputation impact personal and professional opportunities and success? Lida Citroën, CEO and founder of LIDA360, award-winning branding and reputation management expert, and author of CONTROL THE NARRATIVE: The Executive's Guide To Building, Pivoting And Repairing Your Reputation, would tell you that you must…
 
Do you have a story that persuades others to take action that benefit both of you? Are you currently working to build a narrative that differentiates you in a positive way? According to Dr. Dennis Rebelo, professor, speaker, and creator of the research-based Peak Storytelling model, your story will largely determine whether or not you achieve your …
 
Do you put things off that you know you should get done? As a coach, therapist and author of The Self-Sabotage Behavior Workbook, Dr. Candice Seti would tell you that you are not alone. The vast majority of working professionals procrastinate nearly every day. The cost is significant and yet, you can move past it. In this CareerCast, Candice shares…
 
Powerful relationships are the currency of your career and life. Yet where do you start? Shawn Nason, founder & CEO of MOFI, the Nason Group ecosystem, author of Kiss Your Dragons: Radical Relationships, Bold Heartsets, & Changing the World, and host of The Combustion Chronicles podcast, believes you need to look at the relationships that might eve…
 
Are you ready for the next disruption? According to Dave Knox, brand marketer, venture investor, startup advisor, and author of Predicting the Turn, even if you are an innovative, creative, disruptive organization today, you could be left in the dust tomorrow. In this CareerCast, David discusses the changing relationship between startups and Fortun…
 
Depending who you talk to, the world is either filled with loss or overflowing with opportunity. Clearly, there aren’t two world. So what is the difference? Nir Bashan, founder and CEO of The Creator Mindset, award winner, Emmy nominee, and author of The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability, woul…
 
Jamie Shah, MBA ’13, joins the podcast to talk about family enterprise and her experiences after joining her family’s company Chem-Impex Intl. Jamie shares the entrepreneurial roots of her father and the laboratory science product supplier, Chem-Implex Intl., that he started from scratch. Jamie discusses her role within the business and the operati…
 
There are so many problems these days that emerge on a near daily basis. Yet it is impossible to solve them all. So how do you decide which are the right problems to solve at any moment in time? Kristen Cox, former Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) for the State of Utah, university instructor and fellow at …
 
Jobs have changed so much in the last decade and transforming at an exponential rate right now. In this age of uncertainty, staying in control of your professional life can feel overwhelmingly challenging. So what does it take to have, and be in control of, a successful and fulfilling career? In this CareerCast, Somi Arian, multi-award-Winning Film…
 
Brian is joined by frequent podcast guest, Shamus Hines, MBA '15, and Chicago Booth professor Steve Morrissette, MBA '90, to discuss the exciting growth recapitalization of Shamus’ company Applied Data Corporation (ADC). Shamus talks about ADC’s switch to providing their clients with a SaaS platform and the recapitalization that will allow ADC to e…
 
Adversity seems to be everywhere – from home to work to society. According to strategist, coach and author of the bestselling book, The Empowerment Paradox, Ben Woodward, believe that now is the perfect time to accelerate your growth, advancement, and confidence by turning the challenges in front of you to your advantage. In this CareerCast, Ben br…
 
Is it possible to choose the things to in your life and where you focus your energy with so many overlapping and conflicting demands? Gail Golden, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, MBA-holding entrepreneur, and author of Curating Your Life, would say, “Absolutely yes.” In this CareerCast, Gail shares how successful C-suite executives master both emotio…
 
Reid Tileston, MBA '15, and Brian O'Connor discuss the in depth, and often, involved diligence efforts that Reid went through in purchasing Giddings Hawkins, a company that he acquired through a self-funded search. Reid is a one of a kind guest and his stories are impactful and, at times, humorous-from daily cold showers to racing up skyscraper sta…
 
On this episode of the ETA podcast Brian re-visits (previously featured on the 2018 episode Navigating Your Search) Booth alums Jessica Markowitz, MBA '13 and Trista Engel, MBA ’13. Jessica and Trista give an update on their acquisition of Paragon Legal, a San Francisco-based legal services firm, and their quick transition from searchers to new ope…
 
Do you ever have something you want to say – in a meeting, networking conversation, or even an interview – and your messaging loses its impact? You are not alone and the pressures of today’s workplace and job market only add to the stress. Caroline Goyder, advisor to executive leadership, speaker, and author of multiple books including Find Your Vo…
 
“Well there’s gotta be a better way to do this!” This is the rallying cry of HeatWorks CEO Jerry Callahan, MBA ’88. From cardboard point of purchase displays, to summer bbqs, and hot showers, there is a good chance one of Jerry Callahan’s ideas has made your life easier. Jerry graciously visits the pod to talk about his successful career developing…
 
Fresh off her new book, Leadership and Life Hacks, Alyssa Rapp joins Brian to talk about her transition from founding and leading every wine drinker’s favorite app, bottlenotes, to moving back to Chicago and takin the reins at Surgical Solutions. Alyssa discusses her “hacks” for learning about the health care services industry, working with an inhe…
 
Do your options seem to be shrinking? The question is: Do they need to be – even in challenging times? Joshua Spodek PhD MBA, three-time TEDx speaker, #1 bestselling author of Initiative and Leadership Step by Step, successful entrepreneur, and professor and coach of entrepreneurship and leadership at NYU and Columbia Business School, would say an …
 
According to Keith Ferrazzi, Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and its Research Institute and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone and Leading without Authority, leadership no longer demands an office, an official title, or even a physical workplace. So, can an individual lead without authority? Keith would say “yes” and it’s an im…
 
Is it possible to create an optimal outcome when you are in the midst of a really challenging time? If you ask, Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, a leading expert on conflict and organizational psychology, founder and CEO of Alignment Strategies Group, and author of OPTIMAL OUTCOMES: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in Life, she would …
 
Michael Tobey discusses his successful transition from Booth graduate to investment banker to owner/operator of Hose Monster, and the search pivot that he made when a year’s worth of diligence and negotiations fell through right as a unique opportunity became available. Michael also outlines changes Hose Monster has made due to the Covid-19 pandemi…
 
In today’s world, disruption is everywhere – at times to solve a new problem and other times because an industry or brand requires a big refresh to survive. According to Sean Pillot de Chenecey, brand expert and author of INFLUENCERS & REVOLUTIONARIES: How Innovative Trailblazers, Trends & Catalysts Are Transforming Business, the people who will th…
 
Dr. Bora Ozkan, assistant professor of finance at Temple University’s Fox School of Business serves as the academic director for the school’s Online MBA and Online BBA. The reason Bora is joining me today is he’s responsible for the Fox School’s first-ever Virtual Reality or VR course that's offered to their online MBA students. The course, "Fintec…
 
Making graduate program management simple is almost never a consideration during the design phase of a new graduate program. Georgia State University's new MS in Human Resource Management program is an exception. In this episode, two program faculty members discuss how the new program's design makes program management simple. Join me as we discuss …
 
Have you ever been told you are up for a promotion and it didn’t happen? According to Bonnie Marcus, sales and management executive, Forbes and Business Insider contributor, and author of The Politics of Promotion, this is an unfortunate and common occurrence. Yet there with knowledge, a strategy, and a plan you can give yourself an edge. In this C…
 
Booth alum Brian Vanderheyden, CEO of Richmond Alarm Company, reflects on how he began his ETA journey, executing on the herculean task of launching a search and the altruistic element that was influencing his approach and tactics. Recorded during the Covid-19 crisis, Brain discusses his contingency planning during this new and rapidly developing s…
 
Do you lose your focus and attention with each ping or ring from your device? Does this cause you to less efficient and effective that you would like? According to author, educator, and entrepreneur, Nir Eyal, you are not alone. He believes that this is not a new problem and goes way beyond your gadgets. It stems from our innate desire for escape. …
 
During 2019 graduate management education was criticized for not being relevant. At the end of January, I received a press release from GSU titled “Georgia State’s Master’s in H.R. Management Responds to Emerging Business Needs.” I thought, here’s a response to that criticism, I wonder how they did it? Two GSU faculty are here today to help us unde…
 
Eric Roza is executive-in-residence with General Catalyst (one of the country’s leading venture capital firms) and serves as Chairman of TrueCoach (the leading SaaS platform for personal trainers). He recently stepped down as the general manager of Oracle Data Cloud, a post he assumed following his sale of Datalogix to Oracle for $1.25B in 2015, de…
 
This episode of the ETA podcast features Nick Somers, MBA ’88, managing partner of Somers Investment Partners. After getting his start in investment banking, Nick transitioned to private equity in quite an entrepreneurial way. He reflects on lessons learned in building out teams and capabilities, his approach to investing and evaluating companies, …
 
Do you think that if you don’t succeed in your first startup, it’s unlikely you ever will? This is actually a myth. In fact, some people believe serial entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed, in part, because they build and exhibit persistence, tenacity, and resilience. Steve Kahan, serial entrepreneur himself and author of Be a Startup Superstar…
 
This edition of the ETA podcast features Booth alum Shamus Hines, CEO of Applied Data Corporation (ADC), a fresh item management software company. Featured on the podcast in 2016 while in the thick of his search, Shamus returns to update on his search, diligence, acquisition, and his transition to CEO. Shamus discusses the unexpected challenges and…
 
In today’s world, do you think that you have to do everything on your own? Or, when you do ask for advice, support, or a referral, do you receive no response at all? Dr. Wayne Baker, Robert P. Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Faculty Director of…
 
Is it possible to influence others authentically and with integrity? Ron Price, an internationally recognized business advisor, former CEO of a global company, and author of Growing Influence: A Story of How to Lead with Character, Expertise, and Impact, believes not only can you do it, you must act with authenticity and integrity to succeed today.…
 
This episode of the ETA podcast features Ryan Jones, CEO of Dynamic Growth Dental Support, a dental support organization that was formed to provide the business resources and support dentists need to focus on quality dental care. Having launched his business five years out of business school, Ryan speaks to the importance of pairing with the right …
 
A lot of companies throw the word “innovation” around, but very few actually know how to do it — or do it well. Doug Hall, the best-selling author of seven books – including Driving Eureka! Problem Solving with Data Driven Methods & the Innovation Engineering System and named one of America’s top innovation experts by Inc. magazine, The Wall Street…
 
In this episode of the ETA podcast, Chicago Booth alum Dave Newberry reflects on why he ultimately chose to pursue an incubated search model and important lessons learned during his 24 month search. Now one year into his role as CEO of Condata Global, Dave discusses aspects of the transition that were different than expected, unforeseen challenges …
 
Do you have relationships that are solid while others fell apart for what seems like no real reason at all? Do you first think about what others can do for you and forget about the value you can bring to them? Dr. Cindy McGovern (“Dr. Cindy”) interpersonal communication, leadership, and change management expert and author of Every Job is a Sales Jo…
 
Chicago Booth alums Erick Laseca and Giovanni Barbat discuss their partnered search experience and the important characteristics of their team that led them to the acquisition of American Vision Group, a leading eyecare services platform. In addition to addressing the challenges of consolidating three disparate companies at time of acquisition, Eri…
 
Booth alum Nathan Dey, discusses how his investment banking experience led him to take the entrepreneurial leap and pursue ETA, eventually stepping into the CEO role of a 50 year old logistics company. In an industry undergoing a huge digital transformation, Nathan discusses how his company is building on its rich history, positioning themselves to…
 
The feeling of being burnt-out and exhausted, and of struggling endlessly to find a balance between family, work and other commitments are common. Many caught in this chase to succeed at all costs, lose their passion and sense of purpose for what they are doing and end up feeling like failures. In this CareerCast, authors of You Are Good Enough!, i…
 
Booth alum Gabe Barkley, CEO of MHW, reflects on his early entrepreneurial aspirations that led him from a post-college position at a wine shop to the role of CEO of a leading alcoholic beverage service platform. Gabe discusses why he decided to pursue an incubated search, and how he found MHW and formed a valuable partnership with the owner as the…
 
Booth alum Charles Mullenger, CEO of Ethos Evacuation Strategies d/b/a MedSled, discusses the correlations between leading a team in a military environment and leading in a corporate environment, and what aspects of his military background that have translated to the business. Charles also shares how his Midwestern roots played a role in this searc…
 
Chicago Booth alum Michael Curry, CEO of Krueger Gilbert Health Physics and Apex Physics Partners takes us through his entrepreneurial journey from bootstrapping a custom clothing company in the early 2000’s to a successful partner-led search. Now an operator in the health physics landscape, Michael reflects on the importance of servant leadership …
 
Is it time for you to plan the next stage of your career and how to create growth where you are? Steve Coughran, CFO of an international billion-dollar renewal energy company and author of OUTSIZING: Strategies to Grow Your Business, Profits, and Potential recommends that it is important to create expansion and advancement wherever you are – and th…
 
Steve Swinney, CEO of Kodiak Building Partners, speaks to the importance of finding balance between the pace of acquisitions and maintaining an operational focus to build a great business – all while mastering the cyclicality of the construction industry. Additionally, Steve shares lessons learned on the importance of managing a united culture thro…
 
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