Mark Brady Reflects on his Experiences at Chicago Booth School of Business as it Celebrates the 75th Anniversary

In 1943, Chicago Booth recognized the need for experienced leaders to apply their knowledge and training to urgent tasks and expand the capacity of American industry. This realization inspired the college to launch the world’s first Executive MBA Program. For the first time, Booth developed a course of rigorous business education tailored to the specific needs of mid-career managers.

Mark Brady, William Blair’s Global Head of M&A is a proud Chicago Booth MBA alumni. While completing his undergraduate studies at Northwestern, Mark found himself thinking about his future. He sat in Northwestern’s library and read over a list of jobs in the United States, and decided to pursue investment banking. Shortly after he finished his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, he began his career at Kidder and Peabody. After working there for two years saving his money, Mark Brady began to plan his career as an investment banker and was immediately drawn to The Chicago Booth School of Business. “You could learn six years worth of material in two because (Chicago Booth) had such an in depth and hands on program,” said Brady of his decision to pursue higher education at Chicago Booth.

Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA Program, while different from the program Mark completed, speaks volumes of the caliber of successful leaders Booth has trained in the last 75 years. Since Booth opened its various MBA programs for enrollment, they have continuously given students a world-class skill set to thrive in the business world. The success of Chicago Booth has paved the way for institutions around the world to develop their own programs for mid-career students. Chicago Booth’s programs have expanded around the world and it remains the only business school of its kind with permanent campuses on three continents.


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