The California Native did earn her undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2007 but instead of finding herself at Harvard, she entered the professional world. Runyan worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company immediately following her college graduation. In this position, she was primarily involved in working on cost-containment measures for healthcare insurers as well as consumer health initiatives for the prevention of diabetes and obesity. She remained with McKinsey & Company until the summer of 2009 when she took on the position of global strategic planning manager at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. During her time with Novartis, Runyan lived in Basel, Switzerland.
However, despite her time away from the classroom and the fact that she had already invested time in establishing a career, Runyan decided that the University of Chicago Law
was right for her. She immediately took to the law school’s small class sizes and the Hyde Park neighborhood where the school is located.
Today Runyan is enrolled in the university’s JD/MBA program
and is on track to graduate from both the law school and the Booth School of Business in 2014. The school has succeeded in establishing a true feeling of community between students and faculty through events such as the weekly Coffee Mess, the Wine Mess, and other events. The Coffee Mess is a coffee/hot chocolate/donut/bagel fest that takes place in the law school’s primary gathering area, the GreenLounge. The Wine Mess, which is also open to both students and faculty, is the Friday afternoon happy hour that also takes place in the GreenLounge. Additionally, the school student organization frequently hosts lunchtime talks given by career-focused panels, judges, or high-profile alumni, such as TMZ’s Harvey Levin.
''After being out of school for a few years, I was a bit nervous heading into the first quarter. But from the start of orientation, the faculty, administrators, and upper-class students have hosted advisory workshops, shared tips, and answered any questions that come up along the way,'' said Runyan.
Thus far into her law school experience, Runyan has served as the 1L Representative for Law, Inc. (Law & Business Society), and also been involved with the Student Admissions Committee and the Health Law Society. She has dedicated her summer to a clerkship at the Global IP Law Group in the Greater Chicago area.
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