BCG is an incredible place to start something new. You pull out an idea, and soon you have talented, driven people helping you shape it and get it off the drawing board. Our projects embody this spirit. The LGBT Network is proof of it.
I feel that BCG favors our development by paving the way and offering support. When I came to BCG, I was looking for an environment that was collaborative and permeated by logical reasoning, and one that also valued people and their diversity. I found this diversity in the LGBT Network—of which I am a part—and in my colleagues and their experiences. I believe that we are somewhat alike in our values and our methods, but we are also different enough to bring new perspectives to our clients and to ourselves.
Work at BCG also means a wide variety of projects. Participating in major philanthropy public innovation competition for Latin America and the Caribbean was an incredibly enriching experience in several aspects. We worked to understand the challenges local governments face, and we discovered the agents who promote change in this area. Through them, we revived our hope for a questioning, talented, and innovative public sector.
Lucas joined BCG’s São Paulo office in 2014. Over the course of his career, he has worked with clients in energy, oil and gas, industrial and consumer goods, and social impact, focusing primarily on strategy, operations, and corporate development. Previously, he worked as an auditor.
Lucas holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and an accounting degree from the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos. He also studied at the Universität Münster, Germany, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The LGBT Network allowed me to exercise a great deal of leadership early on in my career, as I put together the first node of the network here in South America. It also helped me improve my communication skills and expand my understanding of the LGBTQ world through the lenses of colleagues and the broader community.
Probably my best experience was helping a colleague find the support he needed in the network to come out to BCG and to his friends and family. He now lives with his husband in Australia, and and his story inspires me to help strengthen the network and the impact it has.
Traveling through Latin America to meet mayors and other public officials was certainly one of the most interesting professional experiences I have had. During the time we spent together at workshops and meetings, I was able to understand their most pressing issues, which range from routinely overwhelming bureaucracy to huge political uncertainty. Their courage to promote innovation under these adverse circumstances is certainly inspiring. As we supported a competition to foster innovation, we were able to witness a powerful change in the way these officials operate. Their newly acquired skills are proof of BCG‘s ability to create value.
Since I joined BCG, I have looked for opportunities to engage socially as a volunteer in a number of areas. This goes beyond the LGBT Network in Brazil. BCG offered me the chance to engage in social entrepreneurship, as I acted as a volunteer consultant for Yunus Social Business. I have also been a part of several education efforts—as an English teacher for impoverished students in the suburbs of São Paulo, by leading one of our local groups in the Education Magic Time competition, and as a secondee at an NGO that connects technology and education through policy change and innovation.