At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. Sarah finds clarity in a complex world.
Right from the start I felt empowered to speak up and be an active contributor. BCG truly values everyone's experience, approach, and opinions, regardless of tenure.
After completing my PhD, I sought a career in which I could be at the intersection of science, health care, and business. I also was eager to find a fast-paced environment where I would be surrounded by smart, talented individuals who would push me to think in new ways, learn new skills, and develop personally and professionally. BCG offered it all.
Throughout my time at BCG, I have been afforded the opportunity to work across the health care industry—from biopharma to children's hospitals—and have been able to leverage my technical background to advise senior leaders on the acquisitions of new drugs, the strength of R&D pipelines, and how to better integrate research into the clinic. And what's more, I have always been surrounded by an incredible team eager to solve the toughest problems and learn from one another.
Sarah holds a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a BA in biology from Williams College.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: One of the most important things I learned early on was to ask good questions. We strive to come up with hypotheses early, and test and revise them until we have achieved a strong recommendation for the client. It is critical to be thoughtful, inquisitive, and provocative throughout this process, and asking the right questions allows you to derive the right insight and, ultimately, have the biggest impact on the client.
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: The Seattle office has built a culture of engagement, support and affiliation, and community leaders. Everyone in our growing office is empowered to contribute to building and evolving our office culture. We support each other and are provided opportunities to get involved with office-related projects. We care deeply about the Pacific Northwest and are excited to have a seat at the table to play a central role in shaping its future.
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: Through a pro bono consulting project through the Seattle office, I have gotten deeply involved with the Goodtimes Project, a local charity that puts on a cost-free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. We have a team supporting the organization in developing a long-term growth strategy. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work with other BCGers to make an impact on these families' lives.