Consultants have diverse interests and backgrounds, from fashion and chemistry to tennis and technology. They advise corporate leaders across all industries and geographies on the most critical issues and opportunities: strategy, marketing, operations, transformations, sustainability, and more. This year, panelists and roundtable discussion leaders hail from a wide range of professional backgrounds, from healthcare consulting to technology consulting. Together, they will share their experiences entering and working in the consulting industry. Join us for a good conversation and the opportunity to ask specific questions about the industry.

Panel Participants

Jenna Anderson , AB'07, MBA'14

Project Leader , The Boston Consulting Group

Ms. Anderson graduated from the College in 2007 with a degree in anthropology and an MBA from Booth in 2014. While in the College, she interned at the Field Museum and led the Undergraduate Anthropology Society. After College, she worked at Chicago Children's Museum, CPS, and a boutique investment bank. Post-Booth, she joined the Boston Consulting Group where she is currently a Project Leader focused on Consumer and Social Impact work. She lives in Chicago with her husband, loves eating tacos and is a member of the University's Alumni Board.

Lisa Caro, AB'08, MBA'16

Strategy Director, Constellation Brands

Lisa Caro is a Strategy Director at Constellation Brands. She leads Strategy Development, including Strategy Planning and Analysis in the beer industry. Prior to joining Constellation Brands, Ms. Caro worked in Corporate Strategy at Nokia with a focus in the mobile and automotive industries, and at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now PwC), where she consulted in the financial services and public sector industries. Ms. Caro graduated from the College in 2008 with a degree in public policy and received her MBA in 2016 from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Steven Michalkow, AB'08

Associate, Waterstone Management Group

Mr. Michalkow graduated from the College in 2008 with a degree in political science (Phi Beta Kappa). While in the College, he wrote for the Chicago Maroon. After graduation, and working briefly for the University, he started his consulting career at Analysis Group, Inc. He now works for Waterstone Management Group focusing on growth strategies for the technology industry. He lives in the Chicagoland area and is the co-founding editor of the online culture magazine and blog "Former People" (which he edits in his limited but fruitful spare time).

Meenakshi Sharma, AB'08, MBA'15

Associate, Waterstone Management Group

Ms. Sharma graduated from the College in 2008 with a degree in International Studies and an MBA from Booth in 2015. While in the College she was involved in Calvert House Tutoring and was a Peer Health Advisor. After college, she worked in product marketing at a startup technology firm. Post-Booth, she joined Waterstone Management Group, where she is currently an Associate focused on growth strategy for technology companies. She currently lives in Chicago and loves exploring the different neighborhoods.

Soma Szabo, AB'14

Consultant, Accenture

Mr. Szabo graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in public policy. While at the College, he was involved with campusCatalyst, Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy, and the Blue Chips. After graduating, Mr. Szabo joined Accenture Strategy where he is a consultant. His work focuses on mergers and acquisitions and operating model strategy across industries. He continues to be involved with UChicago recruiting and loves to travel the world.