Chloe Thorpe has always known she was capable of great things.
Perhaps it’s because she has a way of chasing down just about every goal she sets. “When I say I’m going to do something, I get it done,” she says.
It didn’t take long for others to notice Chloe’s extraordinary potential too. While she was a student at Whitney Young High School in Chicago—the same high school that Michelle Obama attended—Chloe’s principal recommended her to be interviewed for the Netflix documentary “Becoming,” which is about the former first lady. Later, she was invited to Chicago’s United Center to see Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey and screen the film.
“I remember growing up always telling my mom that I was going to do something, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do,” Chloe says. “But in that moment, seeing my face broadcast in front of thousands of people in the United Center really made it clear that I was going to do something. I just had to find a passion.”
Chloe’s interview for “Becoming” was focused, aptly, on what she hoped to become—and while her vision of the future was hazy at the time, it’s becoming clearer. Now a junior studying supply chain management and marketing at the Wisconsin School of Business, Chloe is hoping to break into the health care industry, particularly consulting.
She’s well on her way. Her hard work has earned her the opportunity to get an inside look at the business world and sharpen her leadership skills through various enrichment programs: the Goldman Sachs Emerging Leaders Program, Procter & Gamble Standout Program, and Morgan Stanley Early Insights Program, to name a few. Additionally, in 2022, Chloe gained real-world experience in logistics, procurement, forecasting, and distribution as a supply chain consultant intern with Ernst & Young in New York.
Chloe’s early achievements are illustrative of her core values: humility, respect, and—especially—confidence.
“It’s important to carry yourself with confidence and be sure of your passions, your interests, and where you see an industry going, and to be able to offer your opinions to people above you,” Chloe says. “Not only have I learned the skills to collaborate with my peers, but I now have the skills to collaborate with VPs, presidents, partners, and really important people that I look up to.”
Chloe’s goals don’t end with consulting, or even increasing access to health care. She also hopes to help other students access the opportunities she had.
“I’m very fortunate to have been accepted to a lot of programs and companies,” Chloe says, “but I know that some people don’t have the opportunity to have résumé reviews and learn how to set up an informational interview, how to network. I hope to be able to give back in that light.”
What are you binge watching?
What is your favorite spot on campus?
The Multicultural Center at the Wisconsin School of Business.
What advice would you give to new business students?
Start networking your freshman year. There are a lot of students and faculty that you could meet that can set you up for success in the business world.