At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Kasey has the courage to take action.
At BCG, I finally found "my people"—those who understand me for who I am and push me to be a better version of myself every day.
I have always been curious about how the world works; it's the reason that I studied physics during graduate school. As I finished my thesis, I realized that there was so much more to explore and understand—and that through BCG, I would be able to continue pursing my quest for knowledge. During my time as a consultant, I have had the opportunity to do just that through working across various industries—including pharma, technology, energy, and consumer goods—and I can see the differences I’ve helped make across eight clients.
At BCG, I've also been able to bring measurable change to our clients. For example, I was able to help define the vision of a biopharma for the next ten years. In only four months, we devised the new long-term strategy, got buy-in from senior leadership, and had a public announcement made about the changes. CNN even made a video about it! That's the kind of impact that you can have even only a couple of months into working at BCG.
Kasey holds a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in advanced study in mathematics from Cambridge University, and BS degrees in physics and mathematics from North Carolina State University.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: I knew I belonged at BCG even before I joined. Through the recruiting process, I was able to meet many current BCGers. Each BCGer I met was more interesting and easy to talk to than the last. I felt that I was surrounded by curious and intriguing people who loved to travel and learn more about the world we live in. After I joined, I have found that it only got better. I am continually surprised by the willingness to give that I see in my colleagues each week and their ability to reach out and help both internally and with our clients.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: I had the opportunity to be staffed on a strategy case in Germany about what technologies would affect a company’s business in the coming decades. It was in this case that I was able to shine as the topic expert (in material science) and learn about innovative technologies that could eventually be disruptive. Through the experience, I worked with an entirely German BCG team and was the point of contact with the materials division on the German client side. I joined BCG for the ability to travel, and on this case I was able to learn about a new culture from a business perspective while spending my weekends in places like Paris and Amsterdam.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: To make the job sustainable, I had to learn how to "turn it off." I felt in graduate school that I could always be working—at night and on the weekends—but now I have learned how to separate my work from the time I am at home. It's about understanding that there will always be more to do but also learning that you can prioritize what needs to happen today ahead of what could wait a few more hours or days. By learning how to shift my focus completely and be present in the moment, I can really enjoy the time that I have with my family and my friends.