North America Diversity Recruiting Associate, Chicago
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. Nick is unafraid to try new things.
My role models at BCG are not only people who hold positions in senior leadership but are also some of my peers. Never assume you need a managerial title in order to make a strong and positive impact on someone's career.
My career has been primarily focused in HR and recruiting since my first internship in college. Helping people find personal and professional success within an organization is something I've always thoroughly enjoyed.
BCG, as a firm, helps you take something that really excites you elevate it to the next level. After working within the recruiting space for MBAs and advanced degrees in the Midwest, I was given the opportunity to incorporate my passion of diversity in the workplace. I'm now able to grow my knowledge of diversity and inclusion while continuing to show and enforce our core values.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Nick received his BA in psychology from the University of Michigan. He's been at the firm for two years. Prior to BCG, he interned and worked in various industries, such as energy and education tech.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: That's the best part of my job: there's no such thing as a typical day. One day, I might offsite with the other members of the diversity team sharing best practices. The next day, I might be on campus talking to undergraduate students about various consulting opportunities. And the day after that, I might be in Atlanta co-locating with my manager to make sure we're ready for conferences for organizations that we sponsor. Every day brings new challenges, and this role definitely keeps me on my toes.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: I carve out time for myself. When I'm on the road, I try to take an hour in the morning to work out and then some time in the evening to talk to my family. On weekends and when I'm not traveling, I'll take time to practice my saxophone, get dinner with friends, or go to one of the many festivals and events in Chicago (when the temperature isn’t below freezing). Every role at this company can be challenging, and it's important to figure out what energizes you so that you're able to give 110%. People often talk about work-life balance, but you definitely own part of that responsibility for creating the balance.
Q: How has your network grown as part of working at BCG?
A: Because my responsibilities span North America, I've been very fortunate to meet so many of my colleagues in other offices and work closely with them on various initiatives. On a professional level, it's perfect because I'm able to leverage their knowledge if I have region-specific initiative that we're trying to implement. On a personal level, it's a great reason to plan vacations. One of my friends is a project leader and temporarily based in Brussels. So Justin, if you're reading this, I'm still coming to visit you, buddy!