Full-Time MBA


Leonardo Gaboardi Class of 2015


Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from USP with a degree in engineering.

Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, and general management.

Activities: Member of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Booth Tech Group, and Private Equity Group.

Career plans: I'm recruiting for the tech industry, start-ups, or venture capital (preferably in the US).

Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because of its very strong reputation. I was also interested in Booth's data-driven approach. You will come here to study hard and learn, not to get a nice stamp on your resume, and this is reflected by the very positive Booth reputation among employers.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, fun, and demanding.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Sailing at the Columbia Yacht Club (they offer lessons), and running the Chicago Marathon; you will get to know the city from a very unique experience. And if I made it, so can you!

Ask me about...: Life in consulting and start-ups in Brazil, living in the US for the first time, and how Booth supports entrepreneurs.

Filipe Jorge Class of 2015


Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro with a degree in finance.

Concentrations: Accounting and finance.

Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, Latin American Business Group, Public Speaking and Communication Group, and Running and Triathlon Club.

Career plans: I'm recruiting for investment banking to be able to participate in a more strategic way in real time deals. 

Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because of its strong position in finance and its history of always challenge all assumptions. I feel encouraged to go after facts to prove my opinions. Also, after visiting the school, I was fascinated about how collaborative the environment is, because a second-year student took almost a day off to go lunch with my wife and me, showed us the campus, and took us around Chicago. I'm really happy to be here.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, transformational, and stimulating.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Go to one of the great restaurants that Chicago has, like Japonais or Gibson's. Take a bicycle ride on the lakeshore path.

Ask me about...: Switching careers to investment banking, entrepreneurship in the financial services, applying with a partner, or car racing, triathlons, and biking here in Chicago.

Fernando Peixoto Class of 2014


Brazil BlankUndergraduate school/major: I graduated from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais with a degree in economics.

Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I was an entrepreneur in Brazil. My first venture was a local high-end chain of ice cream shops and the last one an investment fund focused on high-stakes litigation.

Activities: Management consulting, corporate management and strategy, private equity, and international development groups.

Concentrations: Analytic finance, economics, and strategic management.

Summer internship plans: I'm recruiting for management consulting.

Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth for four main reasons. First, since I was a research assistant in applied microeconomics, I have been fascinated by the lessons of Chicago Booth faculty (such as Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy) and wanted to have the opportunity to interact and learn with them. Second, the flexible curriculum and the experiential learning opportunities offered a perfect chance to tailor my studies according to my goals. Third, the frequent conversations I had with current students confirmed my fit with the school and future classmates. Finally, my wife and I fell in love with the city of Chicago.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Awesome, inspiring, and challenging.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Riding a bike along the lakeshore.

Ask me about...: Recruiting for a job in Latin America and moving to the US with a spouse.

Marcelo Toledo Class of 2015


Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from UNICAMP with a degree in electrical engineering.

Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, strategic management and managerial and organizational behavior.

Activities: Member of the Booth Technology Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Leadership and Influence Group, Public Speaking and Communication Group, Latin American Business Group, and Golf Club.

Career plans: I'm recruiting for business development, brand management, and strategy roles at large tech companies in the US, and other enterprises in Brazil. 

Why did you choose Chicago Booth? It was a mix of desires. First, I wanted a strong education to help me pursue my professional goals. Second, I wanted a school with great finance and entrepreneurship programs; the environment for entrepreneurs at Chicago Booth is great. Third, the flexible curriculum, which one can truly understand only after you are enrolled. And last, but not least, the city of Chicago is simply amazing!

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Surprising, demanding, and life-changing.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Definitely the food tour in Old Town, by Chicago Planet Food Tours. I did this the first time I came to Chicago, and it still is the most surprising thing I've done here so far. One can learn about the city history while enjoying some of its food - pizza, chocolate, olive oils, spices... a great experience!

Ask me about...: Banking opportunities in Brazil, attending Booth with your partner, and anything related to tech and music.