At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Amanda empowers and inspires others.
The best thing a BCG mentor told me was that he believed in me but that I had a lot of work to do to reach my potential. That was eight years ago, and he continues to both push and support me.
As an undergrad, I couldn't decide between majors, so I did it all: a BS in computer science, a BA in economics, and a minor in Spanish to top it all off. My BCG career has been similar. As a principal, most of my cohort has focused on one or two practice areas to build expertise; meanwhile, I've worked on cases across retail, public sector, technology, energy, and restaurants over the past 18 months.
The beginning of a case is always scary, but nothing is more energizing than sitting in the team room and figuring it out together. That sentence, in a nutshell, is why I'm still at BCG more than ten years after first interning here: the variety of exciting, impactful work and, more important, the team of people. BCG has given me a network of friends around the world, as well as a set of incredible mentors that have invested (and continue to invest) in my success. Now, I'm lucky enough to get to invest in the next generation.
Amanda received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was recognized as a Siebel Scholar. She also holds a BA/BS in economics and computer science, with distinction, from Stanford University.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: About six months into my time at BCG, a notoriously brilliant senior partner was convinced that the client had a problem with one aspect of the business. I was up late going through a massive database looking for evidence to prove his hypothesis—and ended up finding the exact opposite. I was nervous going into the case team meeting the next day, but the partner quickly grasped the insights from my analysis and completely changed our course to reflect our updated understanding of the client situation.
Q: How have you benefited from a mentoring relationship at BCG?
A: I literally owe my career to one mentor in particular: a senior principal who took a chance on me when I was really struggling a few months into the job. He saw my potential at a time when I'm not sure many people did (and I certainly didn't). The six months we initially worked together were the most formative of my career; my mentor invested an inordinate amount of time in building my skill set but also in nurturing my self-confidence. I continued to work with him over the next several years, which was often frustrating—what was good enough for others was never good enough for him—but ultimately rewarding as I stretched myself to become a better consultant and leader. He left BCG a couple years ago but is still an important source of career and life advice—not to mention a role model I try to emulate when I now work with new associates and consultants.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: I spent a year in the London office in 2013 as part of BCG's Ambassador program. I got to work on two incredible projects with people I continue to keep in touch with (and see at global meetings; personally, I took advantage of the location to enjoy everything the UK has to offer and travel around Europe for several weekends. It was also amazing to see how BCG works similarly across the world, even if the accent or language changes. Side note: I succeeded in teaching a few Londoners "Texan" (that is, getting them to say "y'all"); it's one of my proudest accomplishments.