At the 2020 Toast to the Graduates, held Saturday, June 6, several CDR faculty members were recognized by the MBA students for their distinguished service to the Chicago Booth community.

Professors Marianne Bertrand and George Wu received the Class of 2020 Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching, which was established to recognize the faculty member(s) who demonstrate excellence in teaching at Chicago Booth.

“It’s an amazing honor to receive the Emory Williams award this year," said Professor Wu. "My students’ amazing attitude this past quarter really motivated me to do all I could to adapt my course to a remote environment.”

George WuGeorge Wu is the John P. And Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science. He studies the psychology of decision making; goal-setting and motivation; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Additionally, he has received research funding as part of a 3-year, $3.6 million project entitled "Enhancing the Human Experience through Behavioral Science: New Paths to Purpose," to advance the behavioral science of purpose. Project research explores how people adopt, pursue, and fulfill their intentions to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self, and often is of consequence to the world beyond the self.

BertrandMarianne Bertrand is the Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth, and Faculty Director of both the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago Urban Labs. Professor Bertrand is an applied micro-economist whose research covers the fields of labor economics, corporate finance, and development economics. Professor Bertrand also serves as co-editor of the American Economic Review.

Professor Linda Ginzel received the Class of 2020 Phoenix Award, which is awarded annually to the faculty member who, in addition to his or her classroom responsibilities, has greatly enriched the learning experience of Full-Time MBA Program students through voluntary involvement in the extracurricular and community activities of the graduating class.


Linda E. Ginzel has been on the Chicago Booth faculty since 1992. She specializes in negotiation skills, managerial psychology, and executive development. Her most recent work focuses on what she terms Leadership Capital: the courage, wisdom, and capacity to decide when to manage and when to lead. In 2000 President Clinton awarded her a President's Service Award, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service directed at solving critical social problems. She is also the two-time recipient of the James S. Kemper Jr. Grant in Business Ethics and a two-time winner of the Hillel J. Einhorn Award. She is the author of Choosing Leadership.