As a consultant with an advanced degree, I felt very supported making the move to consulting. My office, mentors, and case teams really helped me get up to speed when I first started, and I know I will continue to have this network of support at BCG.
I've always been fascinated with understanding people's choices and behavior, which led me to pursue a PhD in psychology to investigate the factors influencing decisions. As an academic, it was often difficult to see the broader impact of my work. At BCG, I'm able to deliver real-world impact to clients using my background to understand the underlying goals, constraints, and incentives entrenched in a client's situation.
I've had the opportunity to work on a variety of cases, from biopharma operations to a new-product launch in tech. Although each case experience is unique, I've found unifying themes across cases: partnership with clients, healthy dose of curiosity, and support from a team of intelligent, motivated, and fun individuals. As I think about my path so far at BCG, I'm truly amazed at the real-world impact my teams have made and how much I've developed professionally.
Betty holds a degree in sociology from UCLA and a master in social work and PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: I knew I belonged at BCG during my first month while at BEP, the Business Essentials Program for advanced-degree consultants. I spent two weeks with other new consultants who had left their previous academic tracks to join BCG. It was comforting to meet others in a similar transitional period as mine! Although the main purpose of the program was to develop a business foundation, I gained so much more through the friendships I made. We had such a blast during the two weeks with the social events, organized sporting activities, and impromptu game nights. Some of my closest friends at BCG are from BEP, and I still turn to my fellow BEPers for questions and help. BEP was a great foundation for my growing network at BCG.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I chose to work at BCG for a variety of reasons, including the reputation, the potential for making a big impact, and the variety of case work opportunities. But, the biggest reason I chose BCG was the people. Every person I met through the recruiting process was not only intelligent and interesting but also warm and helpful. Even after expanding my network and meeting more people, I continue to observe how supportive and friendly everyone is. There is always someone there to help you when you find yourself struggling. There is a big emphasis on teamwork at BCG.
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: The Philly office has all the perks of being a small office and a big office. Philly is a smaller office with a close-knit community feeling, but it is a part of the large northeast NAMR region with diverse case opportunities across many industries. The office is a relaxed and open environment for informal catch-ups with colleagues who are staffed on a variety of cases in different cities. We have Friday lunches and in-office happy hours, which are great opportunities to connect with colleagues across different cohorts in a causal setting. The Philly office also encourages significant others to attend our social events, which helps foster the close-knit community feeling of the office.