GRADUCon 2019 - 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.


Anna Chen, Associate Consultant, McKinsey & Company (PhD Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition 2018)

Anna Chen is currently an Associate at McKinsey & Co. Prior to joining McKinsey, Anna was a PhD candidate in Dr. James Liao’s laboratory at the University of Chicago where she investigated the physiological role of Rho Kinase 2 in the skeletal muscle. Anna is passionate about working at the intersection of healthcare and business, and is particularly enthusiastic about growth strategy projects. In her spare time Anna enjoys painting, baking and playing with her adorable cat Darling.

Brittany Hayden, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group (PhD Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations 2018)

Brittany joined BCG’s Chicago office as a Consultant in 2017, transitioning from a PhD in Egyptology and many years teaching undergraduates in UChicago’s SOSC and HUM Core sequences. Her story is evidence of BCG’s commitment to hiring and training Advanced Degree Candidates from a wide variety of disciplines. In her current consulting work, Brittany focuses primarily on the Consumer/Retail sector.

Keren Wasserman, Human Capital Business Analyst, Deloitte (MA Social Service Administration 2017)

Keren Wasserman brings the psychology of change to her work with business leaders to help increase client insights and develop sustainable organizational change strategies. Keren has delivered successful change management solutions across industries, focusing on activating organization’s digital capabilities to attract and retain top talent.

Andrew Kirkley, Senior Consultant, Navigant (PhD Pathology 2017)

Andrew Kirkley is a Senior Consultant in the Life Sciences Practice at Navigant Consulting. He joined the practice in 2017 after completing his Ph.D. in Pathology at the University of Chicago. He has experience working in a range of functional areas, including commercial launch strategy, new product planning, and market landscape analysis. He has had the opportunity to work across numerous therapeutic areas, including oncology, immunology, and rare diseases. In his free time Andrew likes to golf and play strategy board games.


Pam Schilling, CEO and Career Strategist, Arch Career Partners (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.  Pam is also on the faculty at UChicago’s Graham School for the Financial Decision Making Certificate program and plans to complete her DBA at DePaul University in June.