Consultant, San Francisco
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. Nicole connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
My favorite thing about BCG is that my favorite thing changes with every project. Whether it is the strength of a client relationship or the incredible camaraderie of my BCG teammates, each case energizes me in new ways.
My background is in K-12 education reform, and I am incredibly passionate about the topic. To be honest, I never planned to go into management consulting. There are important, meaty challenges in education, and I wanted to be out there tackling them. It wasn’t until I realized that three of my mentors in education—the people whose work I admired most—were themselves former consultants that I started thinking about what I could learn in consulting.
I picked BCG because of the incredible learning and development opportunities here, and my experience to date is living up to expectations, and then some! I cannot imagine a workplace that is more focused on helping me learn and grow. There is a full range of formal training available to consultants, from large group sessions to tailored one-on-one coaching—but of course, so much of the learning takes place on case teams every day. I love that I am continually learning not only from the veterans at BCG but also from my clients and my peers. This is a place that is stretching me to think in new ways, and I know that will benefit me both in my BCG career and should I eventually choose to return to education.
Nicole earned her undergraduate degree in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She also holds an MA in education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: BCG has felt like home from day one. Coming from a nonprofit background, I knew BCG would be a very different environment, and I wondered how long it would take me to feel comfortable. As it turned out, not long at all! From the time I attended the offeree weekend as a summer consultant, I could tell that this was a group of people I identified with, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my nonbusiness background was genuinely valued. I was amazed at how much I felt a part of this community in just ten short weeks as a summer consultant—and that sense of belonging has only deepened as a full-time BCGer.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: The first—and most accurate—answer is that there is no typical BCGer. Part of what makes the DNA of this place so special is that diversity of experiences and diversity of thought are truly valued. That said, there are certainly some common threads. BCGers are thinkers and questioners. We tend not to take things at face value. And BCGers are relentless problem solvers. I have seen this not only in our casework but also in how we spend our time outside the team room—including my cohort’s choice to voluntarily spend a Friday evening working through a “room escape” team challenge!
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: Education is incredibly important to me, and one of the reasons I chose BCG is that I saw it as a fantastic learning opportunity. So I jumped at the chance to join our West Coast Learning & Development Team. As a member of the team, I can help shape the learning experiences of future BCGers, as well as ensure that our learning and development offering is meeting the needs of current BCGers. Given my education background, it’s fun for me to leverage my skills in curriculum development and pedagogy, and I find it especially rewarding when I have the opportunity to facilitate trainings for new hires.