Senior Associate, Prague
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. Isabel finds clarity in a complex world.
The best part of working at BCG is being surrounded by colleagues who are—without exception—smart, curious, generous, and friendly. They inspire me to bring my best to our clients and the office every day.
My time at BCG has been one of constant learning and growth. I always had a wide variety of interests in school—having pursued economics, business, psychology, and development at university while studying the violin and Czech in my free time. I love that BCG gives me the opportunity to explore different topics and industries. In one case, I even learned about an industry I hadn’t known existed!
I’ve also enjoyed the exposure to a diverse set of colleagues and clients. About half of my cases have been with international clients, and even the local cases I have worked on have usually involved foreign teammates. More than that, their diversity of background, interests, and experiences have broadened my mind to all sorts of different perspectives. The learning happens not only in the challenging content of the casework but also in the day-to-day interactions with the people we work with.
Isabel holds an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and a BSc in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with honors. She was born in Washington, DC, and lives in Prague.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
In my first year of casework, I explored various topics, from how to redesign a branding strategy at a consumer goods company to how to design and implement a lean program at a bank to how to find and prioritize new areas for growth in an energy company.
However, most important, I learned how to truly add value to a team: how to be effective, efficient, and resourceful in everything I do, from putting together Excel models to communicating new ideas to clients. These skills I will take with me wherever my career takes me.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: Regardless of where they are based, I’ve found BCGers to be similar around the world. They are curious and enjoy delving into complex problems. They are incredibly smart and thoughtful, constantly turning over ideas to see them from a new perspective. They are always willing to lend a hand; I have never been turned down when asking for help. Most important from a day-to-day perspective is that they are friendly! Even though I enjoy client work, my favorite part of the day is usually coming back to the office and catching up with colleagues over dinner.
Q: What groups or organizations have you been involved with at BCG?
A: The group I’ve been most involved with at BCG is the Women’s Initiative. At the Prague office, we often get together for breakfasts at our favorite local café or otherwise make sure to catch up with each other informally over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. This group of bright young women has lifted my spirits and confidence in the toughest of cases, cheered me on when I reached a major goal, given me advice when I struggled, and shared my joy when I overcame a challenge.