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.
Ezgi Cubukcu, AB'15
Analyst - Talent & Rewards, Willis Towers Watson
Ms. Cubukcu graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in sociology. While in the College, she was involved with University of Chicago Careers in Business, Student Government, Uncommon Fund, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Senior Class Gift. She is now an Analyst at Willis Towers Watson, in the Talent Management and Organization Alignment practice. Her work focuses on organization and functional effectiveness and design, organizational change, change management, and communications. She currently lives in Chicago.
Shefali Agrawal, AB'13
Foreign Service Officer
Mrs. Agrawal graduated from the College in 2013 with degrees in political science and anthropology. At the College, she was an active member of Women & Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE), the UChicago Microfinance Initiative, and the Inter-House Council. She joined Accenture Federal Services as a management consultant after graduation. In her three years at Accenture, She specialized in supply chain strategy and security cooperation with federal government clients. She recently left Accenture to begin a new career in the US Foreign Service. She will be moving to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in July 2017.
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.
Mary Bittner , AB'16
People Advisory Services: Global Equity team, Ernst and Young
Ms. Bittner graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in public policy, specializing in business and economics and minoring in Norwegian studies. While in the College, she was involved with Varsity Soccer, MUNUC, UChicago Careers in Business, UChicago Sports Business club, Nonpareil food magazine and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduating, she joined Ernst & Young LLP where she is now a consultant on the Global Equity team within People Advisory Services. Her work focuses on the international taxation of long-term incentive programs. She lives in Chicago and continues to be an active member of the University community by attending UChicago Alumni Book Club meetings and helping with UCIB alumni events.
Aaron Brown, AB'07, MBA'14
Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
Mr. Brown graduated from the College in 2007 with a degree in economics. In college, he wrote for the Chicago Maroon and dominated the intramural flag football scene. After graduating, he worked at BNP Paribas, an investment bank, and The Cambridge Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm, before attending the Booth School of Business to get his MBA. After graduating from business school, he joined the Boston Consulting Group in its Chicago office, where he works primarily in health care. He lives in Noble Square with his wife, a fellow UChicago alum.
Jamaal Cameron, AB'15
Mr. Cameron graduated from the college in 2015 with a degree in political science. While he was at the College, he was very active in the French club, the Russian club, and the Peer Health Exchange. After graduating, he moved to Paris where he worked as a founder for a luxury wine startup. He returned to Chicago after a year to begin a career with Deloitte where he is currently an analyst who specializes in customs and global trade compliance. He speaks fluent Russian and French and currently lives in the Chicagoland area.
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.
Enoch Chan, AB'15
Analyst, Cornerstone Research
Mr. Chan graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in economics and mathematics. While he was in college, he was involved with UCIB, campusCATALYST, South Side Free Music Program, Hong Kong Students Association, and Asian-American InterVarsity. Upon graduation, he joined Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm, where he is now a second-year analyst in the Chicago office.
Nicholas Cholst, AB'14
Senior Business Analyst, The Cambridge Group
Business Analyst Mr. Cholst graduated from the College in 2014 with a BA in economics. While at UChicago, he was a regular participant in CHOMUN and worked part-time at the Kilts Center for Marketing at Booth. After graduating, Mr. Cholst joined the Cambridge Group where he is now a Senior Business Analyst. There, he uses his passion for quantitative analysis and story-telling to drive consumer demand insights and help develop actionable growth strategies. He has worked across an array of industries, including food & beverage, CPG, retail, and technology. In his spare time, he engages in pro-bono consulting projects for tech start-ups and experiments with mobile app design.
Lorraine David, AB'10
Senior Consultant, Capgemini
Ms. David graduated from the College in 2010 with a degree in international studies. While at UChicago, she held leadership positions in Kappa Alpha Theta, Unaccompanied Women, and Women and Youth Supporting Each other (WYSE). Upon graduation, she started her career in supply chain and operations at SABIC Innovative Plastics in New York. She then returned to Chicago as a consultant in the Supply Chain Technologies group at Capgemini. Now working as a Senior Consultant at her firm, Ms. David specializes in supply chain planning processes and technological solutions. She lives in Chicago and stays involved with the University by planning alumni week events and participating in her class council.
Parker DeRensis, AB'14
Consultant, The Cambridge Group
Mr. DeRensis graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in economics and political science. While at UChicago, he was active in MUNUC and ChoMUN. After graduation, he joined The Cambridge Group, where he specializes in growth strategy for major consumer goods companies. He lives in Chicago and enjoys biking and playing sports.
Robert Gatto, AB'15
Senior Strategy Analyst, Accenture
Mr. Gatto graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in economics. While in the College, he was a member of the varsity baseball team, Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity, and The Blue Chips Investment Club. After graduating, he joined Accenture as a Strategy Analyst out of the Chicago office. Since then, he has worked on various clients in the Consumer Goods Industry, focusing on strategic cost reduction and operating model transformation. He is interested in continuing to expand his experiences in the Consumer Goods industry, as well as pursuing an MBA. Outside of work, Robert is interested in cooking, traveling, Chicago sports, and social work.
Anton Hopkins, AB'16
Associate, L.E.K. Consulting
Mr. Hopkins graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in International Studies and Public Policy Studies with a specialization in Organizational Management. While in the College, he competed with the UChicago Judo Club, worked in Alumni Development, mentored students through UChicago Careers in Business, and served as an RA for Alper House. During his summers, Mr. Hopkins worked in city government, automotive manufacturing, and corporate finance. After graduation, Mr. Hopkins joined L.E.K Consulting in Chicago, IL where he has worked for clients in food & beverage, private equity, consumer products, and healthcare.
Ankit Jain, AB'10, MBA'15
Consultant, Bain & Company
Mr. Jain graduated from the College in 2010 with a degree in economics. At the College, he was involved with Model UN, the Cricket Club, and in the Housing community as an RA. After graduating he worked for Cornerstone Research in San Francisco, solving complex economic problems arising from commercial litigation. He returned to UChicago to earn his MBA from Booth in 2015 and has since joined Bain & Company as a management consultant. He lives in Chicago and continues to be involved with the alumni community.
Youssef Kalad, AB'12
Operations & Strategy Manager, Uber
Youssef graduated from the College in 2012 with a degree in public policy. As an undergrad, he was involved with Eckhart Consulting, Questbridge Scholars, and Student Government, serving as President his senior year. He jumped into strategy consulting after graduation, helping Fortune 500 companies understand how to test risky concepts and scale their investments accordingly. He's taken his experience advising large companies to Uber, where he has served as an Operations Manger across multiple cities in the Central US & Canada, and now as a Regional Operations & Strategy Manger overseeing large-scale national experiments & initiatives spanning product design, driver growth, and profitability. As an immigrant and Odyssey Scholar, he's passionate about expanding access to high-quality education, mentorship, and professional development opportunities to underserved students across the country. He now lives in Chicago, and enjoys talking basketball, BBQ, and hip hop.
Gabriel Kitamura, AB'14
Senior Consultant, Deloitte Tax LLP
Mr. Kitamura graduated from the College in 2014 with a major in political science and a minor in Romance languages and literatures. While in the College, he interned with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He also worked as a Portuguese language Teaching Assistant within the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and as a Research Assistant within the Department of Political Science. After graduating from the College, he began working with the Customs & Global Trade group of Deloitte Tax LLP. He is based out of Chicago and his work focuses on the advising of clients on import and export regulatory matters related to the movement of goods and technology around the world. He also assists clients with the implementation of automated solutions for the management of trade compliance.
Parina Lalchandani, AB'16
Associate Consultant , Parthenon-Ernst and Young
Ms. Lalchandani graduated from the College in 2016 with degrees in economics and psychology. While in the College, she was involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, Chicago Model United Nations, and the competitive Model United Nations team. Ms. Lalchandani spent her time during college interning in consumer goods, tech, and private equity, and eventually made her way into consulting through an internship at Parthenon-EY in Summer 2015. Ms. Lalchandani has since worked on growth strategy and commercial due diligences in various industries, including healthcare, industrials, and technology, media, and telecommunications. Ms. Lalchandani lives in Chicago and continues to be involved with the alumni community.
Anna Letsos, MBA'98
Director, 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 and is frequently in Hyde Park where she still has ties to the community and University.
Megan Matte, AB'15
Associate, Boston Consulting Group
Ms. Matte graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in economics. While at school, she was the president of Women in Business and a member of UCIB and Delta Gamma. After graduation, she joined the Boston Consulting Group's Chicago office as an Associate, where she was involved with the Women@BCG diversity network and UChicago campus recruiting.
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).
David Palm, AB'10, MBA'16
Consultant, L.E.K. Consulting
Mr. Palm graduated from the College in 2010 with a degree in economics. After graduation, Mr. Palm joined Accenture Management Consulting in his hometown of Minneapolis where he focused on developing and executing strategies for major healthcare companies. While he was at Accenture, he was also an active member of the Alumni Schools Committee of the Twin Cities. After leaving Accenture, Mr. Palm attended the full-time MBA program at Chicago Booth from 2014-2016. After graduation, he joined L.E.K. Consulting as a Consultant, where his work focuses on manages teams of 3-5 individuals to help clients find and prioritize growth opportunities. He is married and lives in downtown Chicago.
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
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.
Sean Wang-Lu, AB'16
Junior Associate, IRi
Mr. Wang-Lu graduated from the College in 2016 with a degree in economics and a minor in music. While in College, he was involved with Eckhart consulting, intramural basketball, and several music groups on campus. After graduating from the College, Mr. Wang-Lu joined IRi where he is now a junior associate in the growth consulting practice. His work focuses on deriving strategic insights for CPG companies by leveraging IRi's proprietary databases and analytic capabilities.
Austin Ward, AB'15
Associate, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Mr. Ward graduated from the College in 2015 with degrees in Law, Letters, & Society and in economics. While in the College, he was heavily involved with MODA, serving as president of the MODA Board during his fourth year. He also participated in the Dean's Advisory Council and worked as a Senior Interviewer for the College Admissions Office. Prior to joining The Boston Consulting Group after graduation, he had held internships in digital media, environmental policy, and IT strategy. Since joining BCG, his work has included a number of strategy and corporate development projects in the industrial goods and healthcare industries. He remains in Chicago and now lives in Lakeview with two other alumni and BCG Associates.