Consultants advise a wide variety of clients, ranging from multinational Fortune 500 companies to tiny tech startups to non-profit organizations, on critical issues facing their businesses. They are experts in strategy, marketing, operations, transformations, sustainability, and more, and they utilize their knowledge to transform their clients' businesses in order to maximize profit, efficiency, and impact. This year, panelists and roundtable discussion leaders hail from a wide range of professional backgrounds and together, they will share their experiences entering and working in the consulting industry. Consulting is a profession that requires top-notch problem solving and analytical skills, and our guests will offer insight into what their University of Chicago education means to them as a professional in the industry. Join us for the opportunity to meet, listen to and ask the highly successful professionals that will be joining us specific questions about the consulting industry!
Garrison Jones, AB'15
M&A Strategy Consultant, Accenture Strategy
Mr. Jones graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in Public Policy specializing in US Political Economics. While in College, he was involved with several student organizations including The Blue Chips Investment Club, Organization of Black Students, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and OMSA. After graduating, he joined Accenture Strategy where he is currently aligned to the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Strategy group. Mr. Jones has focused on international M&A strategy working on integrations, carve-outs / divestitures, target-screening and valuations, and post-merger re-branding. Mr. Jones has experience working in the US, Mexico City, The Netherlands, and Singapore. (Table 24)
Anna Letsos, MBA'98
Principal, Kamelot Consulting Group LLC
Ms. Letsos graduated from the College in 1992 with a degree in Psychology. She returned for her MBA and received her degree in 1998. Upon graduation, she was recruited to Deloitte Consulting where she was a member of their Strategy and Operations practice for several years before leaving to join a start-up focused on Human Capital Consulting. Ms. Letsos returned to Deloitte in 2004 and spent the next several years leading large-scale initiatives in Talent Development and Learning. Most recently, Ms. Letsos has formed her own company, Kamelot Consulting Group, and spends her time working with clients to develop and execute their Talent Development and Learning strategies. She is married with two children, a Girl Scout leader and the President of the Board for the North Aquatics Club. (Table 20)
Scott Loring, AB'15
Analyst, Cornerstone Research
Mr. Loring graduated from the College in 2015 with an honors degree in Economics. While in the College, he sang in the Ransom Notes, worked as an RA in May House and as a tour guide and senior interviewer in College Admissions, and served on College Council. After working as a Summer Analyst at Cornerstone Research in the Silicon Valley Office, Mr. Loring has worked as an Analyst in the Chicago office since 2015. He has worked on regulatory, finance, and antitrust cases within economic consulting, including supporting the Department of Justice in successfully blocking the Aetna-Humana merger. (Table 22)
Eddie Yoon, AB'96
Founder, EddieWouldGrow, LLC
Mr. Yoon is the founder of EddieWouldGrow, LLC a think tank and advisory firm on growth strategy. Prior to this, he was a partner at The Cambridge Group, a strategy consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 CEOs drive growth. His work over the past two decades has driven over $5 billion dollars of annual profitable growth in consumer goods, durables, robotics, and energy. Mr. Yoon is one of the world's leading experts on growth strategy, superconsumers, and category creation. He is the author of Superconsumers, published by Harvard Business School Press, which was recently named one of the Top Business Books of 2017 by Strategy + Business, CNBC and Inc.com. He has written over 60 articles on consumers, future demand, and growth strategy to the Harvard Business Review and on startups with Inc.com. He has also been a keynote speaker at conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.