Project Leader, Minneapolis
At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Lauren goes deep to understand challenges.
You can add tremendous value at BCG by being authentically you. Seek to intimately understand your strengths, and don't be afraid to use them—you'll surprise yourself and inspire others with your courage.
I started out with a lack of clarity related to my long-term career plan but knew I wanted to move in the direction of my passions as I discovered them. My goal was to seek and embrace a variety of experiences in order to fulfill my intellectual curiosity for a sustained amount of time. More than four years later, I can confidently say that I haven't had a moment to be anything less than 100% engaged, stimulated, challenged, and energized. In fact, I feel these things more and more each day. Through the variety of opportunities that have been given to me at BCG, I have realized that my most significant passion is connecting with people—BCGers on my teams and clients. Thankfully, there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have this incredible opportunity.
Lauren holds a degree in "science business" (premed) and a supplementary major in French from the University of Notre Dame. She came to BCG hoping to better understand how science and business intersect, and her wish has come true. More recently, she has fallen in love with the fascinating, relatable, and ever-changing consumer space.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: When I started at BCG, I was 22 and felt as if my clients needed me to be a wise and worldly consultant. So I acted like the person I thought my clients and teammates wanted. It didn't feel authentic, and, in fact, it was exhausting. About a year in, my project leader told me that being me was actually enough—far more than enough, in fact. That message changed my career and my life. It convinced me that I truly belonged at BCG and allowed me to build a quiet confidence and authenticity. It's that intangible feeling you get when you think no one's watching, when you're fearlessly capable of being your true self. I haven't looked back since.
Q: What inspires you about BCG?
A: BCG's model of apprenticeship and mentorship has inspired me to learn and grow. About two and a half years ago, I transitioned from being a mentee to also being a mentor. It seemed to happen overnight. A couple of the associates in my office asked me for some career advice over happy hour cocktails. I had answers and suggestions and trial-and-error learnings from my own experience, and I knew I could help them. I love understanding where people are coming from—in their career, in their personal backgrounds, in the ups and downs of their day—and meeting them wherever they are to offer a listening ear, empathy, and, when I've got relevant experience, a bit of guidance that might change their trajectory in some small way. There are a few incredibly special people at BCG who have done that for me, and they continually inspire me to do the same for others.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: BCG has a deep appreciation for diversity and acknowledges that women are critically important to establishing and maintaining that diversity—at all levels within the firm and across all client engagements. That philosophy is tangible if you walk down a BCG hallway or visit a team room at a client site. There are countless quintessential strengths that women bring to BCG, including ability to collaborate, communication skills, empathy, intuition, and more. But for me, the BCG environment also challenges me and has provided endless opportunities to develop new, less familiar strengths—confidence to intimately understand my unique value-add, poise to speak up confidently when I know what to say, courage to speak up and ask the "dumb" questions when I don't. When I came to BCG, I didn't know if I could have a happy life both at work and with a family at home. But with the skills I've learned and mentorship relationships I've developed, I've come to know that this is not only possible, but also highly likely.