At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Maria empowers and inspires others.
In one of my first projects at BCG, the CEO said, 'We want to provide health care to the world. Please tell us how.’ In that project and over time, I've realized, to my amazement, that there's no question that can't be solved by bringing the right people together.
My background is in finance—first through studies at Hanken School of Economics and then through corporate finance at Finnish M&A boutique Aventum Partners. While I enjoyed my time in finance very much, I felt I would like for my work to generate impact—for companies and the people around me—on a broader scale. At BCG, I've gotten the opportunity to do that.
The impact I have at BCG ranges across a number of industries and target groups. Whether it's working to restructure a company to save it and its employees from bankruptcy or finding a route to bring vaccines against epidemic diseases to patients, we make it happen through uncompromising efforts with our clients. We see companies get through challenging times and thrive, and there are healthier populations as a result. At the same time, I see my team members evolving from junior consultants to amazing, collaborative solution finders. That is real impact to me.
Maria holds an MS in economics from Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki and has a background in corporate finance.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been most interesting for you?
A: I've made quite good use of the international opportunities BCG has to offer. I lived in Boston for a year (also working in New York, Florida, and Chicago), and I have worked extensively across the Nordic countries and in the Netherlands and Switzerland. It's a great way to see new countries, cities, and culture, but it’s also a way to discover that ambitious, bright, and driven people think surprisingly alike irrespective of country borders and other cultural differences. Given the international teams, BCG experts, and projects we work with every day, this enables us to work effectively across continents.
Q: What inspires you about BCG?
A: The more I learn about BCG, the more fascinated I am by the broad range of projects that we do. No matter where your passion lies—anywhere from nuclear power plants to third-world education—we're most likely already working on the topic somewhere in our global organization. Once you figure out what your passion is, and if you're ready to travel, there's most certainly a way for you to get involved. It enables each one of us to choose a path that combines our joint passion for problem solving and impact with individual topic-specific passions.
Q: How has your network grown as part of working at BCG?
A: Through my career in finance and at BCG, I've slowly but surely built a network of top executives, senior managers, private equity investors, lawyers, and auditors that I dare to say is quite unique for someone my age. Some are acquaintances with whom I've worked for only a short while; others are people I meet again and again in different settings. Not only is the network valuable in itself but having pre-established relationships and credibility at the start of the project also supports the project work. At the end of the day, this is a people business and it comes down to whom your clients—and you—like to work with.