Knowledge Expert, ACC - Boston
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Maria empowers and inspires others.
BCG is one of the very few organizations where you can try absolutely anything as long as you have a strong business case for success and the passion to carry it through.
I was an academic neuroscientist who always wanted to cure disease and teach. BCG opened my eyes to a creative new role where I can apply science to the business of developing novel and much-needed therapies. Working at BCG also showed me the full spectrum of health care, including the payer, provider, and patient perspectives.
Some of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on include collaborating with experts to build a clinical-development benchmark for our clients, developing a rare-disease landscaping tool, and starting an internship program for advanced-degree candidates to work in biopharma. BCG has also given me wonderful training opportunities. Its Knowledge Academy provides training on critical hard and soft skills, such as Excel modeling and working with many different stakeholders.
By taking part in internal projects, I have been able to work with our BCG team and collaborators to dissect the complexity in clinical development and drive critical insights about the drug development process. These projects have allowed me to work closely with great consultants, amazing partners, and clients. Our findings resulted in publications in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery—how cool is that?
Maria holds her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, has a doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Virginia, and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: I believe that a true BCGer is exceedingly intelligent, motivated, and collaborative, and loves a challenge! The people are what keep me at this organization. I am truly lucky to have such wonderful colleagues from all cohorts at BCG. Everyone is willing to support each other, collaborate, and help provide the best solution possible. How many organizations are committed to that purpose?
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: I joined BCG because I really liked the people who interviewed me and the work sounded fascinating. But I did not realize that I would find such a vibrant community of highly intelligent people who have such varied backgrounds and skill sets. BCGers work hard and play hard, but they work together to bring the best ideas together into an actionable result.
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: Some of my favorite BCG activities are the volunteer ones. We perform an annual office community-service day. These activities vary from presenting scientific activities to STEM schools to painting schools to landscaping parks. We also have opportunities to serve at the veterans’ homeless shelter down the street.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: BCG is a good place for a woman to work because it constantly challenges itself. The firm is obsessed with feedback and improving. BCG actively works to keep highly talented women in the workforce. It offers flexibility to manage family constraints and provides opportunities for women.
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: I have too many favorite case experiences to list! What I love best is collaborating with the consultants—working toward a case team meeting and a client deliverable. It’s all about the camaraderie of the project and the ability to see things you would never find working alone.