September 15-17, 2016

Alumni representing diverse consulting experiences will be on campus Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17 for panel discussions, networking, workshops, practice case interviews, resume reviews, and more.

UpNext is an industry-focused series presented by the Center for Careers & Internships.  Explore opportunities, get face-time with professionals in this field, and find out if consulting is a fit for you.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 15

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Information Session – Kaiser Associates (Axinn 219)

Facilitators: Robby Carpenter-Israel ’13 (Political Science) and Sarah Macy ’15 (Film & Media Culture)

Kaiser Associates was founded in 1981 with a simple yet powerful mission: to help executives make more informed strategic and operational decisions by incorporating external insight and analysis. From the very beginning, Kaiser has specialized in “fact-based” strategy and implementation. Today, Kaiser has a highly selective and elite client base. The firm is a thought partner to the world’s most admired corporations, private equity firms, and government entities – helping them turn their most difficult challenges into game-changing growth and productivity opportunities.

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Information Session – Analysis Group (Axinn 229)

Facilitators: Rene Befurt, Sean McQuillan ’15 (Economics), Annie Powers ’15 (Economics), Bruce Jia ’16 (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry), and Cathy Wu ’16 (Economics)

Since 1981, Analysis Group has provided expertise in economics, finance, health care analytics, and strategy to top law firms, Fortune 500 companies, global health care corporations, and government agencies. AG’s work is grounded in a collaborative approach that allows AG to effectively integrate the best ideas from leading academic and industry experts with their more than 600 professionals. As a result, AG’s clients receive thoughtful, pragmatic solutions to their most challenging business and litigation problems. Through AG’s work in thousands of cases across multiple industries, AG has become one of the largest economics consulting firms in North America, with 11 offices in the United States, Canada, and China.

 

Friday, September 16

9:00-12:00 noon

Resume Review Office Hours (Adirondack House)

Alumni who work in top consulting firms will be available to critique your resume.  Resume reviews are private, one-on-one 20-minute conversations. Pre-registration is required. Sign-up for a slot in by 11:59 p.m. on September 14 (Search Middlebury Consulting Professional Network).

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Information Session – Deloitte Consulting (Axinn 219)

Facilitator: Cam McClearn ’87 (American Civilization), Francisco Peschiera ’01 (Psychology and Economics), Liza Reynolds ’08.5 (Psychology), Calvin Williams ’15 (Environmental Economics), Joanna Lyons ’13 (Political Science and Spanish), Jordan Glatt ’15 (Economics), and James Pates ’12 (International Politics and Economics)

Deloitte combines specialist skills in operations, finance, people management, strategy and technology with extensive industry experience to make a difference to the operational performance of our top tier public and private sector clients.

1:20-2:20 p.m.

Information Session – RSM US (Axinn 109)

Facilitator: Alex Ruocco ’14 (Economics)

RSM US LLP is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. RSM guides their clients through business challenges by understanding their needs and bringing together the right team to address them. With 9,000 professionals and associates in 86 cities nationwide and access to more than 38,300 people in 120 countries through their membership in RSM International, we can meet client needs wherever in the world they do business.

2:30-4:45 p.m.

Workshops

Experienced professionals currently employed by top consulting firms will host three workshops designed to set you up for success as you apply for positions, interview, negotiate offers, and begin your own consulting career.  Each workshop is 40 minutes.  Attend them all or select the ones most relevant to you; there will be short breaks between each session.

  1. Your role as an entry-level analyst – A.T. Kearney (Axinn 219, 2:30-3:10 p.m.)  Facilitator: Joanne Wu ’15 (Chemistry)
  2. How Consultants Approach Problem Solving: Consulting Frameworks – Deloitte Consulting (Axinn 219, 3:20-4:00 p.m.)  Facilitator: Liza Reynolds ’08.5 (Psychology), James Pates ’12 (International Politics and Economics), Joanna Lyons ’13 (Political Science and Spanish) and Francisco Peschiera ’01 (Psychology and Economics)
  3. Big Data! A case study in using data for economic consulting, consumer behavior, and machine learning – Analysis Group (Axinn 103, 4:10-4:50 p.m.); Facilitators: Rene Befurt, Lisa Pinheiro, Jimmy Royer, Sean McQuillan ’15 (Economics), Lucy Wagner ’13 (Mathematics), Annie Powers ’15 (Economics), Bruce Jia ’16 (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), and Cathy Wu ’16 (Economics)
5:00-6:15 p.m.

Plenary Session (Axinn 219)

Consultants are problem solvers, innovators, teachers, lawyers, advisors, designers, artists.  Consultants practice these talents and skills in a wide array of disciplines and sectors, including: business, government, NGOs, international development, social sector, education, legal, the environment, and the list goes on.  When it comes to consulting, there is a broad variety of ways to pursue your interests and find outlets for your abilities; very much aligned with a liberal arts education. What are the different types of consulting, what do people working in these areas actually do, and which type might be right for you?  Hear from a panel of alumni with a variety of backgrounds who now have careers across the consulting industry.  Then stay for a reception to get to know these professionals and ask questions over light snacks and beverages. 

Panelists:

  • Erin Gregg ’05 (Biology) – The Nebo Company
  • Sarah Macy ’15 (Film & Media Culture) – Kaiser Associates
  • Cam McClearn ’87 (American Civilization) – Deloitte
  • Alex Ruocco ’14 (Economics) – RSM USA
  • Lucy Wagner ’13 (Mathematics) – Analysis Group

Moderator: Ursula Olender, Director of Career Advising, Center for Careers & Internships

6:15-7:00 p.m.

Networking Event (Axinn Winter Garden)

All professionals will be on hand to meet you and answer your questions. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, September 17

9:00-12:00 noon

Practice Case Interviews (Adirondack House)

Seniors, don’t just sit around getting nervous about your upcoming consulting case interviews – prepare for them in the best possible way by scheduling a practice interview with a professional from a top consulting firm.  All professionals once sat where you’re sitting now.  Each time slot is a private, one-on-one 30-minute session (approximately 20 minutes of interviewing and 10 minutes of feedback).  Professional interview attire recommended. Pre-registration is required. Sign-up for a slot in by 11:59 p.m. on September 14 (Search Middlebury Consulting Professional Network).