Partner & Managing Director, Düsseldorf
At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Nicole finds clarity in a complex world.
The most fun, interesting, and important experience I've had at BCG was attending a boot camp circle training with the whole team—from visiting associates to partners—with the tough instructor counting the push-ups of the visiting associates versus those of the partners. You can guess who won!
I'm a civil engineer by training, with an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. One of my first projects somehow determined my path at BCG—heavy machinery and equipment and the materials to build those things, such as steel and metals. If you have a passion or you discover a passion, BCG will give you the opportunity to explore it.
BCG is all about opportunities for our clients and personal development. I have been able to help clients understand service needs in an iron ore mine in China while personally discovering the rural Chinese countryside. I’ve used our global network to schedule interviews with government officials in India, including from the ministry of coal and the central electricity authority, to evaluate the country’s five-year power plant construction plan.
Nicole holds a civil engineering and business administration degree from University of Leipzig and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a trusted advisor for the client and thoroughly discussing the things that are on his or her agenda. This is a very rewarding challenge that always teaches me a lot.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: BCG makes a lot of effort to create a family-friendly environment. I was hired at BCG as a young mom; my kids were eight- and four-years-old at that time. Children are often seen as denting a women's career, but I felt supported by BCG in my efforts to combine both—my young family and professional career.
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: I love being out in nature—for example, enjoying the US national parks while sitting in front of my tent at the campfire, reading a book, having a glass of wine, and enjoying a much more relaxed world then I'm usually in. This year, I actually spend my winter vacation at the polar circle and enjoyed polar lights and husky sled rides.