At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Scott finds clarity in a complex world.
Everyone’s career at BCG tells a completely different story. I don’t know what mine will be yet, but I’m enjoying discovering it.
Prior to BCG, I worked in health care research and venture capital, and even launched a startup in Nepal. Despite trying all those, I’m still not sure what I want to be when I “grow up” and have found BCG to be the perfect place to explore new problems, industries, and even countries. BCG promised to sate my curiosity, and it has delivered in spades.
One thing I do know is that I want to continue having a global career. I love how international BCG is, especially in Australia. In fact, I have yet to work on a project team with fewer than four nationalities! Working at BCG has given me a chance to work on both big international problems as well as make friends from all over the world over Friday happy hour in the office.
Scott holds an economics degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in public management and social innovation.
Q: What has been your best LGBT Network experience?
A: In Australia, BCG was one of the very first companies to come out in support of marriage equality. BCG in Australia and New Zealand has contributed to the campaign by hosting fundraisers and donating space in our Canberra and Sydney offices, and our partners have repeatedly spoken to the media about their support for equality and inclusion. As a recognition of the firm’s support for inclusion, a group of senior ministers in the New South Wales government invited members of BCG’s LGBT Network and Public Sector practice to dinner. While the dinner was fantastic, what impressed me most was hearing why inclusion mattered to everyone there. It confirmed to me that not only is our network strong, but that our senior leaders are strong allies too.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: There’s nothing quite like flipping on the evening news and seeing the state treasurer discuss your project and the impact it will have on the lives of people in your community. I had the opportunity to work on a project for the New South Wales government helping to evaluate the privatization of a complex asset. The work our team did will advance innovation in a key part of the economy and deliver more than a billion dollars to the state coffers to fund much-needed infrastructure for the community we share.
Q: If you could compare what you do with any other job, what would you say?
A: I started learning improv theater in business school, and I’m amazed by how similar that way of thinking is to consulting. Improv is all about working with a group of people to fashion a series of events into a coherent story with a satisfying conclusion.
Improv is often comedy, but the hard part isn’t being funny—it is tying so many disparate ideas together in a meaningful way. This is exactly what consulting is. We take ideas from everywhere—client data, team analysis, industry experts—and work as a team to make a story with a crisp and satisfying conclusion.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: Making BCG a good place for women to work is not just the work of women. Yes, we have many inspiring and senior female leaders—including the head of my office—but I have been consistently impressed with how gender equality is on everyone’s agenda. Indeed, during one of my first weeks here a (male) senior member of the firm asked me to brainstorm ways that we could make our case teams more gender-inclusive.
The work that BCG does to include women benefits everyone. Men also benefit from our efforts to recruit and retain female talent and our policy innovations like flexible work schedules.