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In the third example, we evaluate the shortcut that nearly cost the technology company its 60,000 power users. The candidate – a consultant, working in Digital solutions is called to evaluate the increasing churn of a software giant’s cloud-based service. The suite of services that include office, productivity, and social products saw a 15% drop in customers, within two quarters, ringing alarm bells in the stock market. An internal analysis suggested a competitor’s IPO to be the cause for customer migration. The candidate’s instincts said otherwise.

In this techno-consulting narrative, the candidate’s value of empathizing with the customers and keeping an open-mind are central to this Kellogg ‘values’ essay.

Sample Essay #1: Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (446 Words)

It is not often that one gets the chance to talk to the C-Suite of a Technology giant to decode the reasons for the alarmingly high churn rate for their flagship product. They had neatly laid out five probable reasons for the shift in customer preference. Now it was up to us three to start the analysis.

In the second example, we look at a candidate, who is given the leadership role in a mid-sized company. The role as a Purchasing Manager for a cosmetic company equipped the candidate to manage the hundreds of ingredients, their pricing, transportation, R&D results, and evaluating the performance in the market. Since the role requires interacting with department heads, suppliers, and the R&D team, the candidate soon was exposed to the shades of gray in raw material procurement.

As someone who was thinking for the company, the candidate brought some of the inefficient processes to the CEO’s notice. Witnessing a reliable leader, the CEO assigned the candidate with the additional responsibility to redesign the incentives of the Managers.

Sample Essay #1: Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (444 Words)

Growing up in a conservative Sikh family, I was indoctrinated with the value of truthfulness and service – a combination that served me well while leading my class as the monitor from Grade 6th to 10th, and my college as an elected President. The habit of solving logistical challenges, and attentively listening to their personal and career roadblocks, helped me observe divergent cultures, values, and...

In the first example, we share the journey of an applicant, who couldn’t afford to recruit urban talents due to the high cost. To disrupt the traditional model of recruitment, the candidate takes on a long-term solution – train the undereducated community in villages on communication, technology, marketing, and business development. Through a 20-year plan, the candidate has started the journey of revolutionizing the job market by utilizing the most underused commodity – graduates from the rural heartland.

The growth of <x> to gain over 15% market share in the b2b email marketing space is a testimony to the courage, empathy, inclusiveness, and impact-oriented mindset of the Founder.

Sample Essay #1: Values are what guide you in your life and work. What values are important to you and how have they influenced you? (443 words)

Evaluating the ‘introduce yourself’ answer of a technologist brought chuckles to the rest of the interview panel. They were making fun of the peculiar accent that is a trademark of North East India. The topics switched from functional knowledge to stress questions. The applicant kept hopping and eventually won the hearts and minds of the panel. I realized that there were...

In the third example, we use the fictitious profile of a Business Development Manager, who is entrusted to lead a team, who have become obsessed over maximizing their contribution to their company.

Changing a Toxic data-driven Culture

Although initially, the success metrics defined by the Founders showed results, later they became a cause of worry for the new team lead, who begins a journey of untangling the mess of a ‘quant-heavy’ culture.

Sample Essay 3: Demonstrated Leadership, the challenges you faced and what you learned (Non-Profit) (441 Words)

Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value.  Provide a recent example where you have demonstrated leadership and created value.  What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 Words)

Starting my career in a 900+ strength Fortune 500 company, kept me wondering whether my contribution has any impact on society. When the Founder of the non-profit, <x> invited me to join their consulting team, I embraced the opportunity.


Essay 1# How will the Booth MBA help you achieve your immediate and long-term post-MBA career goals? (250-word minimum)

In the fourth example, we look at the fictitious profile of a Technologist. His passion for technology began in the early 2000s when social media was non-existent. Passionate to study over 17000 species of butterflies and build a community around the hobby, he sought assistance from the father, who taught him web programming. The applicant experienced the first success in scaling. However, his attempts to convert innovative ideas to scalable product is met with repeated failure. To study the process and develop a deep understanding of commercializing the technology, the applicant joins Google.

With the newly acquired agile development skills and processes that facilitate the conversion of ideas to marketable products, the applicant was eager to apply his Agile Development skills when a friend introduces him to an algorithm that is the precursor to the machine learning algorithm that we know today. As a passionate conservationist, the applicant focuses on the complex problem of saving the rapidly declining Marine Life. With the tools and the acquisition of two vital datasets, the technologist, develops a product that becomes the basis for his start-up.


In the third example, we look at the fictitious profile of a Financial Consultant who shares the origins of her unique blend of talent for accounting and creativity. The narrative quickly translates to how she became part of a non-profit that brokered deals for the underprivileged workers in emerging economies. The marketing and business development role gave her a glimpse into the challenges of someone living in the absence of basic amenities. The day job evaluating the strategies to maximize revenue from millionaire customers in luxury hotels helped her switch between two extreme contexts.

The engagement with the non-profit is cited as the experience for reigniting her unique passion for collecting fashion accessories from the 1960s to 90s. Her intent to pursue Entrepreneurship with the help of Chicago Booth is mentioned as the short-term goal. In the long-term, the applicant plans to create a fund to encourage Women Entrepreneurs and guide them through one on one coaching.

Sample Booth MBA Immediate and Long-Term Goals Essay: Accounting to Entrepreneurship (495 Words)

My father’s obsession over using accounting to predict future trends and mother’s unbridled imagination as a futuristic-themed novelist brought interesting conversations to the Dinner table....

Chicago Booth immerses you in a choice-rich environment. How have your interests, leadership experiences, and other passions influenced the choices in your life? (250 word minimum)

In the fourth example on leadership experiences that influenced the choices in your life, we share the journey of a Corporate Finance candidate, who witnessed how peer to peer lending App, M-PESA, took 2% of the Kenyan population out of poverty and led the Entrepreneurial boom in sub-Saharan Africa.
As the beneficiary of the start-up boom, the timeline for the essays starts when Safaricom, the parent company of M-PESA was dominating the market. His recruitment was to ward off the competitor <x> through strategic allocation of funds to maximize the on-the-ground competitive advantages and improve the efficiency of the operation.

The motivations to switch from a billion-dollar enterprise to a scrappy start-up is the core of the Leadership experience essay.

The contrast in challenges between an established company and a company desperately seeking attention from the customers is captured to demonstrate the diversity of experience he had acquired in both the environment. The unique vision of the start-up is intermingled into the applicant's vision and drive to see a better 'Kenya.'

Sample Essay #4: Leadership...

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