UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business

From Vision to Value: Matt Gorniak, a UIC Venture

Matt Gorniak’s career is a testament to the new American dream. At 17, Matt immigrated to the United States with no network or connections and is now the Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of G2 Crowd, one of Chicago’s fastest growing tech companies. After earning his MBA (’02) from UIC, Matt sought a career filled with self-starters like himself, leading him to the technology industry. “I was looking for a high-growth opportunity where I could compete on a level playing field.” Matt’s... read more

First Day Recap: Accepting the Challenge of MKTG 461

Tyler Benavides, Laura Nicolescu, Gladstone Hukporti, Samantha Payne, Kimberly Lazzara On August 28, I stood outside of Professor Lan Nguyen Chaplin’s classroom with eight other Consumer Behavior (MTG 461) alumni, awaiting to deliver the student-led first day of class presentation. The buzz of excitement was apparent in all of us. Professor Chaplin handpicks former students to deliver this special presentation every year. This presentation is specifically tailored for new Consumer Behavior... read more

Sarah Siderius Gets the Job Done at Google

Ranked third on the Forbes: Best American Employers list, Google is one of the most recognized companies on the planet. While most know the company as a high-powered Internet search engine, many are unaware of its philanthropic arm, Google.org. Many people could only dream of working with the tech powerhouse that is Google, but graduate student Sarah Siderius, who is working toward completing her MBA in the spring of 2019, had the unique experience of working as a contractor for Google.org.... read more

Finance Students "Seize the Opportunity of a Lifetime" at Goldman Sachs Undergraduate Camp

UIC Business caught up with Finance majors Nicolas Robledo ’20 and Edgar Avalos ’20 to discuss their experience at Goldman Sachs Undergraduate Camp and how they will leverage their learnings in their careers. What is the Goldman Sachs undergraduate camp? What did it consist of? Edgar: It is a three day series of networking opportunities in Dallas, Texas connecting students from all over the country with Goldman Sachs employees. We had the opportunity to attend a series of presentations given by... read more

Professor Turns to UIC Students for Research Aid

In the second semester of the 2017-18 academic year, Robert Chirinko, Professor of Finance, took sabbatical leave to further his research on the Puerto Rican debt crisis and other research projects. Between January and March, he was a visitor at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. He continued working on his research projects at the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance in Rome from March until June. The Puerto Rican research was a continuation of a paper he started to... read more

UIC Business Scholar Alleia James says "Hola" to Spain this Summer

Studying abroad is one of the best opportunities presented to college students and Alleia James, upcoming fourth-year finance major and UIC Business Scholar, has seized that opportunity. This summer, Alleia will be studying International Business and European Economics at University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain and shared with UIC Business how she made it happen. As a first-generation college student of color who never knew that an opportunity like studying abroad would be possible, I’m glad to... read more

Assistant Professor Bill O'Brien Receives 2018 Silver Circle Award

William O’Brien, assistant professor of finance, received this year’s Silver Circle Award for the College of Business Administration.  The award, presented since 1966, honors excellence in teaching by UIC faculty, with winners selected by graduating seniors from each college. O’Brien joins the 13 other faculty receiving the 2018 award and will be honored at UIC Business commencement. O’Brien teaches Introduction to Managerial Finance (FIN 301), the first finance course that students take at the... read more

Commencement Countdown with Student Singer Courtney Hickman

Courtney Hickman is a full-time fundraising professional with UIC Business and is graduating in May 2018 from the Master of Science in Marketing program. Hickman is passionate and confident of her skill set in donor relations, capital campaign fundraising, front-line fundraising, brand management, promotions/marketing, and event planning. She will be singing the National Anthem as this year's commencement student singer, and reflected on her time as a UIC student for the UIC Business Blog: Q:... read more

Commencement Countdown with Undergraduate Student Speaker Vinita Choradia

Vinita Choradia is graduating in May 2018 as a Finance major with a minor in Management Information Systems. Throughout her time at UIC, she has been involved with the Finance and Investments Group and she has held internships at Exelon Corporation and Ernst & Young. After graduation, Choradia will be starting a full-time position with Ernst & Young. She will be speaking at UIC Business commencement this year as the undergraduate student speaker and talked with the UIC Business Blog about her... read more

Commencement Countdown with Graduate Student Speaker Kera Beskin

Kera Beskin is a graduate student and researcher here at UIC. She grew up in rural Minnesota and is graduating this May with her dual master’s of public health and master’s of business administration at UIC. The president of the Public Health Student Association and currently working as a research assistant at the UIC School of Public Health, she has also served as a Business Ambassador and will deliver this year’s graduate speech at the UIC Business commencement. We caught up with Beskin as her... read more

UIC Business Scholars Speaker Series

by Jasur Rasulov A premiere benefit of the UIC Business Scholars Program is the Speaker Series.  Every semester, several well-established business professionals—most of them UIC alumni—visit UIC Business to deliver speeches on a variety of topics, exclusively for Business Scholars. Although the specific details of every speech vary, the common underlying themes surround the topics of leadership, determination, paths to professional success, personal branding, and dealing with setbacks. ... read more

UIC Business’ Kaushik Kompella competes at MIT’s Annual Sports Analytics Conference

The 12th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference took place this past February, providing a forum for industry professionals and students to discuss the expanding role of analytics in the global sports industry. The MIT Sloan School of Management is dedicated to encouraging growth and  innovation in this space, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. UIC Business’ own Kaushik Kompella, a graduate student currently pursuing a dual degree in... read more

UIC Business Tackles “Back to College” with Target

The 2018 Management Leadership Association and Target Case Competition took place at the end of last month, with 11 teams presenting to a panel of Target staff members.  Each year, Target partners with the UIC Business Career Center to host this program that asks students to develop and present solutions to a unique challenge facing the company. This year’s case study prompt presented teams with the opportunity to directly apply their lived experiences as college students. The retailer gave... read more

The Lasting Impact of a UIC Business Education

As the first in his family to receive a college education, Don Hermanek (BS Marketing ’70) chose to attend The University of Illinois at Chicago for his undergraduate degree because he could commute, receive an affordable education, and work full-time at Goodyear Tires in Berwyn, IL to help pay for it. Little did Hermanek know how beneficial his UIC Business education would be.  Hermanek credits his UIC education with providing a strong foundation that extended beyond business theory. It gave... read more

CBA Welcomes Joey Maman, New Academic Advisor!

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the College of Business Administration's Advising Staff, Joey Maman. Joey joined the Student Services Advising Team this January, after serving for the past three years as a member of the college's Events Team. He will now serve as an Academic Adviser for UIC Business graduate  students. Please read below to learn more about Joey! Favorite Chicago Activities/Places: I’m a thrill junkie and a nerd! I enjoy:
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The UIC Business Student Services Team Welcomes Mayra Sanchez

We would like to introduce you to a new member of the UIC Business Student Services staff, Mayra Sanchez. Mayra joined the Student Services team as an Academic Adviser this January, and she will be working specifically with UIC Business Scholars. Prior to this role, Mayra worked as part of the college's Events Team for the past three years. We have put together some fun facts about Mayra, so please read on. And make sure to say hello when you see her around! Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places:... read more

Midterm Social Media Recap: Spring 2018

Be sure to follow UIC Business on social media to stay up to date on upcoming events campus activities, business news, and fun things going on around Chicago: Instagram: @UICBusiness Twitter: @UICBusiness Facebook Page: UIC Business  While we’re already halfway through the Spring 2018 semester and just starting to see some spring temperatures on campus, let’s take a look back at some UIC Business highlights with a midterm social media recap. UIC Business Swims with the Sharks For UIC Business,... read more

Meet Our New Online BBA Advisor, Jamie Galeher

We would like to introduce you to a new member of the College of Business Administration's Advising Staff, Jamie (Janmarie) Galeher. Jamie will serve as the adviser for the BBA Online Program within CBA. Please read below to get to know Jamie! Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: My favorite place in Chicago is Navy Pier.  I love all of the activities offered at Navy Pier, and watching the activity on lake Michigan is also very interesting! Favorite Chicago Restaurants: Wow!! I have so many, but... read more

The Graduate College of Business Recruiting Team Welcome Debbie Barkowski

​Do you have questions about a graduate degree from UIC Business? We have admissions counselors on standby ready to discuss your education and career. In this post, please meet Graduate Admissions Counselors, Debbie Barkowski . Debbie Barkowski came to UIC Business by way of Saint Xavier University and the non-profit world. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Elmhurst College.  After college, it was through volunteer experiences that she quickly discovered that a non-profit... read more

Recruiting on Campus: PwC

PwC is currently recruiting for Winter 2019 internships, as well as their Early Identification Programs (Dec. 2019 or later grad date) such as Start, Career Preview, and Elevate.  Applications are due the night of Tuesday, February 13th on the PwC website. UIC Business caught up with Grace Wood, talent acquisition senior associate and lead recruiter for Chicago universities, at a branding day in Douglas Hall where she shared some insight into the PwC recruiting process. UIC Business: What are... read more