Consulting Careers

About

Consulting is one of the first careers that come to mind for many graduate students pursuing work in an industry, nonprofit, or government setting. Join us for a conversation about the diverse kinds of consulting work available to graduate student candidates, and hear from consultants in a wide range of practices. We'll answer basic questions about the kinds of work that consultants do, and get into the nitty gritty of projects that you might find at diverse firms and organizations.

Panelists

Lauren Fladger, Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company (JD) is based in the Detroit office of the firm. She has advised pharmaceutical, financial services, and retail clients on merger management, transformation planning, go-to-market strategies, and procurement. Lauren earned her JD from University of Chicago and her BSE (with honors) from the University of Michigan.

Kristen Cook, Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (PhD, Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology, Harvard University), joined BCG in 2014 and has focused her work with the Health Care Practice. She focuses on health care providers, and value-based care. Before coming to BCG, earned a BS in Biology from MIT, a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard, and was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago.

Jiayue Cui (PhD'09, Chemistry) is currently a Consultant at ZS Associates, a global management consulting firm focusing on the healthcare industry. He has advised clients in the biopharmaceutical, medical device and animal health industries on business issues regarding corporate and commercial strategies. Prior to joining ZS, Jay was a consultant at Campbell Alliance, a life science consulting firm. He has also worked for the Global Portfolio Management Team at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and as the manager for an NIH-funded academic research center.  Jay earned his MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in marketing, strategy, and finance.  He holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago. 

Aaron Fluitt, Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (PhD'15, Molecular Engineering), joined the Chicago office of The Boston Consulting Group after earning his Ph.D. in the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, where he studied the physics of protein folding. He spends his free time with his wife and young daughter.

Moderator

Pam Schilling, Managing Director at Schilling and Associates and Associate Professor at North Park University (MBA'00), has deep experience in the consulting industry from inside and out. As a graduate of the MBA program at Chicago Booth, she began her management consulting career with Diamond (now part of PwC). She later worked at Chicago-based NAVTEQ, Huron Consulting Group, and Booz & Company. Pam recruited MBA graduates as a consultant and hiring manager, and worked with hundreds of MBA students and alumni across the globe as a career/executive coach in her private coaching and formerly with the Career Services team at Chicago Booth. Today, as a respected advisor to students at all levels, developing and experienced professionals, universities, and companies, she is recognized for her practical approach, strategic insights and creative solutions to help clients advance job searches or achieve professional goals. Pam inspires and guides her clients as they work through the toughest professional challenges to reach their highest potential.