Leslie Plaisted, Employer Relations, +44.0.207.0702235
Multinationals and Africa-based firms seek Chicago Booth talent of all levels for their regional operations. With a worldwide alumni population numbering at 49,000, Booth’s growing African community spans across many functions and industries, including; consulting, financial services, energy, technology, healthcare, retail and consumer, private equity and venture capital, social enterprise and non-profit. Global employers include organizations such as Oracle, Standard Chartered, Unilever, Microsoft, and Accenture. Regional employers include Ecobank, IFC, African Development Bank, ABSA and SAB Miller.
Based in London and traveling extensively throughout the region, Leslie focuses exclusively on working with organizations in EMEA to identify opportunities and create strategies that help connect employers with Full-Time MBA students (averaging four to five years of work experience), Executive and Evening/Weekend MBA students (averaging more than 12 years of work experience) or Booth alumni.
- Chicago’s Full-Time MBA program averages 575 students per class, at least one-third of which is comprised of international students. Of those, 30+% are from EMEA.
- Chicago’s Executive MBA program for EMEA is based in London. EMBA students bring an average of 12 years of work experience to the program. Each class of 90 students represents, on average, citizens from more than 25 countries.
- Chicago Booth alumni have a strong presence in EMEA with a thriving community across Sub-Saharan Africa. Robust alumni clubs strengthen business networks and allow alumni to leverage cross-industry and cross-border expertise and collaboration that benefits organizations.
Chicago Booth is committed to unearthing appropriate job opportunities for students and alumni. Students and alumni interests and passions help shape employer development strategy and efforts. Our mission is to make it simple for employers to access the Booth candidates that are a perfect match for you talent needs. The resources that we provide to employers and personalized service from our Employer Relations team are designed specifically to this end. Please contact us to learn more about the ways we can work together to support your business needs.
Recruit at Booth
Post a Job
Career Services provides a year-round, free-of-charge job posting service through Global Talent Solutions (GTS), our online recruiting portal. Through GTS recruiters can view and edit job postings for all Booth candidates – current students seeking entry-level MBA opportunities, as well as alumni and students in the executive MBA programs who are seeking more senior level opportunities.
Campus recruiting is an efficient and effective way to source candidates for full-time and internship positions. We have excellent video conference facilities on the Chicago campus so it is possible to conduct nearly all aspects of the international recruiting process virtually for companies with constraints on time/resources.
There are many ways to recruit on campus including attending a multi-firm Corporate Networking Night, presenting to and networking with students at a Corporate Conversation, or interviewing students at the Harper Center in Chicago. Our expert Relationship Managers are knowledgeable about your industry, the current recruiting landscape, and the campus, and can help you create a recruiting strategy tailored to your specific needs, guiding you through each step of the recruiting process in tandem with your regional liaison, Leslie Plaisted.
For full-time positions for the Full-Time program, most recruiting events are held in the fall, in September and October, with interviews in October and November. Internship recruiting events begin in mid-October, and interviews take place in late-January and February. We’re also happy to facilitate just-in-time interviews and events outside our peak recruiting periods. Please refer to the recruiting calendar for more specifics on timing.
For the EMBA program, please contact us to discuss the appropriate timing for approaching candidates.
Chicago Booth has several online, easy to search CV databases. You can search the CV databases by nearly sixty different criteria that allow you to find candidates who are an exact fit your needs. Such criteria include:
- Previous work experience
- Industry and function preference
- Work authorization
- Languages spoken
- Current Residence
Our CV databases include talent from our Full-Time MBA Program, the globally diverse and experienced talent worldwide from our Executive and Evening/Weekend MBA programs, as well as our entire job-seeking Alumni population.
Partner with Student Groups
Chicago Booth student groups host conferences, speaker series, mock interviews, lectures, panel discussions, and many other activities that focus on career interests or professional development. Working with these student groups can be a valuable resource to enhance your campus visibility and recruiting efforts. Among the ways your company can get involved is to provide speakers or sponsorship. We encourage you to contact student group co-chairs to learn more about building relationships through involvement in student group events.
While the EMBA programs do not have student groups, in light of the time constraints of the Part-Time format, we are happy to help you coordinate student outreach and discuss the different options for connecting with this population.
Chicago Africa Business Group Co-Chairs (Full-Time Population)
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Group Co-Chairs (Full-Time Population)
Student Group Conferences
- Emerging Markets Summit – Chicago
Keynote faculty and corporate speakers share views on opportunities for development among emerging markets. The conference offers terrific opportunities for networking. Contact the Emerging Markets Summit team (Full-Time Population) for more information.
- Africa Business Trek
Over Spring Break (late March), students travel to companies related to a specific industry or region in Africa. Past treks have focused on Kenya and South Africa. This is a great forum to help students better understand the firm and to network. Contact the Chicago Africa Business Group Co-Chairs (Full-Time Populations) for more information about hosting students.
Attend or Participate in an Event
Every year, Chicago Booth hosts dozens of events meant to provide educational, social and networking opportunities for Chicago Booth students and alumni. If you are interested in representing your company at an event on the London campus as a speaker or panelist, or hosting an event at your regional office, please email Leslie Plaisted.
Chicago Conversations – Chicago Conversations are events around the world with rich dialogue among leaders in a targeted industry thriving in a particular city. Corporate partners of Booth and the community are invited to hear about industry trends and network with Booth talent and peers.
Industry Networking Events – With events in London, Hong Kong, and Chicago the Chicago Booth Industry Networking Events provide an informal setting for corporate friends, Executive MBA students, and alumni to connect, share knowledge, exchange information, and create relationships around a specific industry.
Other Events – Career Services London partners regularly with other Booth departments to produce European events ranging from our Global Leadership Series featuring prominent faculty speakers to specialized HR Development and Networking Luncheons where our recruitment partners are invited to join us for faculty-led professional development programming and networking.
Interested in sponsoring a student group event? Please reach out directly to the student group co-chairs. For additional sponsorship activities or more information on how to get your company involved at Booth, please contact Nancy Johnston, Senior Associate Director, Corporate Relations.