Job Title: Senior Consultant, Strategy Practice
Company: Point B
Mentor Since: Fall 2016
Will Mentor: Graduate Students
I am currently a Senior Consultant working under our Strategy Practice (though I also work on a variety of projects, including large scale Program/Project management, Marketing, Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management and Knowledge Management). I also teach courses on Big Picture Thinking and SharePoint.
Point B, Inc. helps organizations form, execute, and thrive. With capabilities including Management Consulting, Venture Investment and Advisory, and Property Development, our integrated businesses provide value to the organizations and communities we serve. Our consulting group helps clients develop strategic insights and translate them into impact. Our clients look to us for industry and functional expertise combined with our ability to execute. Our capital group provides deep venture advisory expertise, leveraging Point B’s broad network and the horsepower to drive portfolio companies’ growth and success. Our property development group helps owners and developers realize their visions with results that are on budget, on time, and on brand. The firm, which is 100% employee-owned, was named one of the Top 2 “Best Firms to Work For” in the nation by Consulting magazine, and is regularly honored as an exceptional place to work.
Point B - 9 years (Sr Consultant)
Magnolia Audio Video/Best Buy - 13 years (Director of Strategy & Innovation, Director of Human Resources/Communication)
M.A. International Relations, Johns Hopkins/SAIS (Bologna/Washington DC)B.A. History, University of Washington (Seattle)
Mentoring Objectives & Scope
Like any good thought partnership, the best coaching/mentoring sessions are those where both sides benefit. Part of our meeting is learning from each other, and using that to build out a good plan for you. When I meet with people about their career, I like to challenge thinking beyond the traditional boundaries of work history and industry expertise. What are you capable of achieving? How can you differentiate yourself from other applicants? How can you convey the "value" you will bring to a hiring manager? Several experiences come to mind that have shaped my own coaching style: 1) As a consultant, I am constantly recasting myself and reselling my experience and wisdom; 2) My HR background has provided me with many opportunities to coach employees and provide frank and relevant advice; 3) As someone who has way over thought my own career path, fought through two bouts of unemployment, and who has benefitted from others words of wisdom, I love having the opportunity to "pay it forward" and share what I learned. My only expectation is what I call "serious purpose": take the opportunity to work together seriously and view our meetings as preparation for your inevitable interaction with your future company.
When and where do you hold meetings with your students?
Coffee shop or wherever convenient.
On my LinkedIn profile you will find an article about my own career path journey from a few years back that was published in Fortune magazine. It might be interesting background information (assuming it is still cached out on the web).