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Chris Broughton


“For me, applying to business school was strictly a financial question. Before taking that step, the GSALB allowed me to acquire some valuable skills and bide my time until I was able to square the financial commitment of business school with other commitments in my life.”

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master of Education, Chris Broughton began his career as a middle school teacher with AmeriCorps at an inner city school. After a couple years of teaching, he made the switch to Education Management and into his current role as an Education Entrepreneur. It was around this time that he started thinking seriously about business school. The value and edge it would give him had become clear on a variety of levels.

The question of business school, in the end, became a strictly financial one for Chris. Without the backing of a major company and lacking a clear path to promotion in his role at work, it was difficult to square the financial commitment of business school with his other commitments in life. He told himself he’d have to wait and see.

It was in this state of mind that some friends told him about the GSALB. In particular, they mentioned how it was a great way to acquire some valuable skills without fully committing himself, financially or otherwise, to a program. Chris looked into it and couldn’t have agreed more. Eager to get back into the classroom on the student side, he signed up for a foundational course at the GSALB—Financial Accounting.

As chance would have it, a number of other things began changing in Chris’s life around this time. For one, he moved into his present position as an Executive Director at Bottom Line. Between the reduction of travel that came with his new position and the excitement he felt in applying lessons he’d learned in the GSALB classroom while launching a new regional office, he decided to apply to Booth. After being accepted to the part-time program, he enrolled as a Booth student in the winter of 2014.