Chicago Gets MBAs to Focus First

Chicago B-School's associate dean of MBA career services tells students to embrace their pasts, and focus on their transferable skills

Our guest on May 20 was Julie T. Morton, associate dean for MBA Career Services at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business (No. 2 in BusinessWeek's latest B-School rankings). Before stepping up to her current position in July 2002, Morton spent two years as senior associate director of the office. Prior to joining the B-school, she was an executive search consultant specializing in consumer services industries, and a member of the management consulting group at Bankers' Trust, which was merged into Deutsche Bank. Morton has worked abroad in Slovakia and in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has served as director of admissions at Mount Holyoke College. Her MBA is from Dartmouth College, and her undergraduate degree in international studies is from Johns Hopkins University. Morton spoke with Mica Schneider, BusinessWeek Online's management education reporter. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation:

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