Principal, New Jersey
At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Ovid champions uncommon ideas.
The best thing a BCG mentor told me was to never be satisfied with an answer I develop. Once I'm certain I've found the right answer, tear it up and try again.
"If I could be anything in the world, would I prefer to be (A) a Nobel laureate, (B) an NBA superstar, (C) a senior government official, or (D) the CEO of a Fortune 500 company?" I asked myself this question four years ago as PhD student. To my surprise, the answer was "(C) a senior government official." I suspected BCG might provide the best path forward.
BCG has proven to be more valuable than I could have imagined as a PhD student. My current project is a secondment at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where my team is creating cross-sector roadmaps to increase value and efficiency in global health care systems. I'm thrilled to be situated squarely at the intersection of the public and private sectors and amazed at how quickly BCG has transformed me from a lab rat to a key partner in the global health landscape.
Ovid received a PhD in medical engineering and medical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. His graduate research developed microfluidic platforms for tissue patterning and regenerative medicine. Ovid also holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: One thing that really made an impression with me during the recruiting process was the level of candor coming from the people I met at BCG. They openly discussed the benefits and challenges of a BCG consultant. There was a degree of confident humility that seemed to stem from sometimes making sacrifices to create impeccable work. Since joining BCG I've found this candor to be genuine indeed. If you make a mistake, say so; if you have a personal commitment; let's make it happen. To overuse idioms, I joined BCG because the people appeared to be very "down to earth" folks who knew how to "keep it real."
Q: What inspires you about BCG?
A: I'm inspired by our ability to effect change within organizations and have a seat at the table when important decisions are made. The process starts with strong analytics and insight, but it rarely ends there. There's a personal aspect to consulting that's built on trust, and I'm inspired by that trust to push harder to define and generate real value.
Q: How have you benefited from a mentoring relationship at BCG?
A: At BCG, mentorship is about the quality AND quantity of relationships. I've benefitted both from the multitude of mentors whom I've been able reach out to for advice and feedback as well as from the deep relationships I've built. Coming from an academic background, I faced a steep learning curve when I joined BCG. My mentors helped me to stop thinking like a scientist, stop thinking like a consultant, and start thinking like a leader. The best part was that BCG recognized the impact of mentorship on my development and has provided me with new opportunities and challenges to continue fostering my growth.