I've worked with all kinds of people here, including PhDs, doctors, and military veterans. Diverse points of view are not only valued but also lead to better outcomes for our clients.
I joined BCG as an associate looking for a bridge from my engineering background to the business world. The challenges and opportunities I've encountered at every turn have kept me here since. Getting to be part of three very different offices (Dallas, Stockholm, and Rio de Janeiro) and work in nine countries has satisfied my thirst for travel and adventure, and I've gotten to see that the same commitment to providing value to our clients is exemplified by BCGers around the world.
Our industry is competitive, and BCG invests heavily in intellectual capital so that we always have a strong platform to bring to our clients. While I was in Brazil, I got to be part of a team doing a “tier 1” internal project focused on retail opportunities in the interior of the country. We not only mapped out consumption of every product category for each municipality in Brazil but also visited retailers and interviewed consumers to paint a complete picture. I even visited one department store chain with storefronts that resembled the US White House, complete with storefronts that featured replicas of famous US monuments out front. This work will ultimately help our clients grow while giving those consumers access to a broader range of products and services. When I joined BCG, I never imagined my journey would lead me there, and I can't wait to see where it takes me next!
Lauren holds a BS in chemical engineering from Rice University and an MBA and MS in environment and resources from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: Jumping into a consumer case as a new associate with an engineering background, I learned that I didn't need to be limited by my experience. BCG provided the tools and knowledge that I needed to quickly get up to speed in a new industry, and I discovered my own ability to think about unfamiliar problems and adapt to new environments.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: When I asked for adventure, BCG sent me to do an energy project in a remote area of Angola. Needless to say, it was a challenging environment but also an opportunity to work closely with my international BCG team and provide much-needed support to the client. I was touched when one of them wrote me a note after the case thanking me for the way I "listened, understood, and took time to learn," which I think reflects BCG's collaborative working style.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: People at all levels of BCG support me, from the partners who will jump on the phone to discuss an upcoming staffing decision with me to the office services staff who recently helped me organize a fundraiser in the office for a cause I support. BCG has invested in helping me develop the skills I need to succeed, including one-on-one presentation coaching and intensive Portuguese classes when I was joining the Rio de Janeiro office.