GRADUCon 2018 - Careers in Consulting Panel


“CONSULTING!” can seem like the most frequently-cited knee-jerk response to the question “What industries value graduate student and postdoc skills?” And it’s true that consulting companies are among the most vocal employers when it comes to actively recruiting individuals with advanced degrees. Join us for a candid discussion of what consultants actually do; about the players in the industry; about what kinds of jobs are available; and about how can graduate students start to tackle the rigorous and complicated recruitment process.


Andrew Belcher, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group (PhD Medical Physics 2017)

Andrew received his PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Chicago in 2017 after graduating with a BA in Physics in 2012. He has worked for BCG as a Consultant since August 2017, working primarily in the healthcare sector with a focus on healthcare strategy, new technologies, pharmaceutical go-to-market strategy, and M&A.

Nikki Wegner, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP (MPP 2013)

Nikki Wegner is a Strategy & Operations Senior Consultant in the State and Local Government practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She works primarily in the Health & Human Services and Children’s Services market offerings. She has experience in the implementation of large-scale system change, with a specialization in business process redesign and training, as well as Strategy assessments for non-profits and agencies. She joined Deloitte with over five years of experience in the communications, political, fundraising and human services sectors. She has a strong background in project management, policy analysis, marketing and branding, and strategic communications. Nikki holds her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and her Bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

George Lederman, Associate, McKinsey & Company (PhD, Carnegie Mellon, Engineering 2016)

George received his PhD in Engineering (Advanced Infrastructure Systems) from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. Prior to that, George worked on rural electrical with Symbion Power in Tanzania (2010-2012) after receiving a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University (2010).  At McKinsey, George has served a variety of clients from manufacturing to retail, across a variety of functions including strategy, operations and sales.

April Walker, Associate Director, CCS Fundraising (MA Social Service Administration)

April believes nonprofit organizations play a critical role in serving the common good and catalyzing social change. Born and raised in Baltimore, April has called Chicago home since 2013. She is dedicated to helping nonprofit professionals operate efficiently, implement strategic initiatives, and make a positive social impact. April brings a high level of communication and project management skills to each of her projects. Her tenure in the nonprofit sector spans seven years through roles with national research and advocacy organizations as well as public and private grantmaking foundations. April’s areas of expertise include partnership-building, fundraising initiative strategy and implementation, data analysis, and grant and program evaluation. Prior to joining the CCS Fundraising team, April provided grantmaking and consultative services to individual donor and family foundation clients throughout Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. She managed a portfolio of grants across multiple sectors including public health, youth services, civic engagement, and education. Her responsibilities also included designing and implementing business development strategies, managing grant programs in early childhood education and workforce development, and coordinating research studies and assessments. April also previously supported the development and fundraising operations at the American Heart Association and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. In these roles, she supported major gift strategy and stewardship and engaged volunteers. April’s volunteer commitments include Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy.


Pam Schilling, CEO and Career Strategist, Arch Career Partners and Associate Professor at North Park University (MBA 2000)

Pam Schilling 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.