BCG somehow finds a way to consistently attract the most down-to-earth, collaborative, and talented people out there; it's truly remarkable.
Prior to BCG, I served in the US Air Force as an intelligence officer. As I transitioned out of the military, I searched for opportunities that would push my growth and offer exposure to new environments. BCG's emphasis on personal development and work across a variety of topic areas really appealed to me.
More than a year and five projects later, I'm happy to report that BCG has exceeded my expectations. I've had the opportunity to optimize large industrial supply chains, provide analysis and thought-partnership during difficult negotiations, and team with clients across multiple industries. Throughout these experiences, I've grown both personally and professionally—a top priority of mine—and I know that joining BCG was the right choice for me.
Michael holds a degree in political science from the United States Air Force Academy and an MPP from the University of Maryland. Before joining BCG, Michael served as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: One of the most surprising parts of BCG is also a primary reason why I find working here so enjoyable, which is the overwhelming desire of BCGers to lend each other a hand. Before starting at BCG, I was a bit nervous that the caliber of people working at BCG would create a competitive culture. I could not have been more wrong. Starting from my first recruiting interaction and continuing now as a BCG consultant, I love being a part of a culture that overwhelmingly emphasizes mutual support and performance over personal gain.
Q: What are you reading right now and why is it interesting?
A: I've recently become fascinated with the science behind skill development and talent, consuming whatever I can get my hands on in that topic area. Right now, I'm reading Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. I find this area so interesting because a lot of the research goes against the widely held belief that talent is something you're born with and doesn't change significantly over your life. I'm now focused on using the research to improve my approach to building skills and expertise in our clients.
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: As a longtime soccer player, I was really excited to learn that the DC office fields a team in a local co-ed soccer league on the weekends. I signed up at the start and have now been playing with the team for a year and a half. I've really enjoyed connecting with my coworkers outside of the office, and some of my closest friendships at BCG started on the soccer field. And I'm very happy to report that our weekend soccer games paid off; our DC office team won last year's BCG North American tournament!