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»The Department of Defense Wants a New Mantra
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»Things Go Wrong
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»The Next Big Thing
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»JP Morgan and The Whale: A Parable
After a tumultuous period of banking hyper-regulation after 2008, no one would have suspected in 2012 that JP Morgan, the world’s largest bank, had ineffective controls in place that left the company flat-footed when its “rogue” trader had taken untenable, long-term positions on Credit Default Swaps.
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»The Three Rules
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Women in Consulting
- 7th Annual Women Leaders in Consulting Awards Dinner
»7th Annual Women Leaders in Consulting Awards Dinner
Even though women make up just about a quarter of the consulting profession, their collective impact is exponentially larger. Every day, all across the consulting profession, women are breaking barriers and blazing trails. Consulting
is honored to recognize these 12 women leaders of the profession and the firms they represent. This is our seventh year recognizing the Women Leaders in Consulting. We received more than 400 nominations, and the quality of the nominations, and the accomplishments of the winners, gets more impressive every year.
In recognition of their extraordinary efforts, Consulting
magazine will recognize the Women Leaders in Consulting at a celebratory dinner and gala at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, Nov. 7, 2013.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Antonella Mei-Pochtler, The Boston Consulting Group
- Leadership Award: Linda Imonti, KPMG
- Leadership Award: Melissa Kibler Knoll, Mesirow Financial Consulting
- Leadership Award: Barbara Rothenstein, Protiviti
- Leadership Award: Vicki Shillington, North Highland
- Client Service Award: Cheryl Fitch, Aon Hewitt
- Client Service Award: Jillian Griffiths, PwC
- Client Service Award: Becky Roof, AlixPartners
- Client Service Award: Kelly Tousi, ZS Associates
- Future Leader Award: Michelle Gauchat, Deloitte Consulting
- Future Leader Award: Kaylin Kugler, Capco
- Future Leader Award: Thear Suzuki, EY
The dinner is open to anyone in the profession, but space is limited. If you’re interested in joining us at the forefront of the women leaders in the consulting movement, please call Todd Dale at +1.212.563.6131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting Awards, you associate your brand with excellence. If you’re interested in the opportunity to attract the attention of some of today’s top consultants with your cutting-edge solutions, please call Todd Dale at +1.212.563.6131 or email email@example.com
This Year’s Awards Recipients:
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Boston Consulting Group
Antonella Mei-Pochtler, a Senior Partner based in Vienna, Austria, is one of BCG’s most senior female leaders and one of Europe’s most high-profile business women. She has held numerous leadership roles within the firm, including serving on the Executive Committee and the European Management Team. For many years, she headed BCG's Global Marketing Committee and now leads the firm’s Media and Branding practices globally. In addition, she has played a key role in transforming the firm's marketing strategy, including the launch of bcgperspectives.com, its publishing platform. For well over a decade, she has organized the “Brand Club,” the top branding and media-focused conference for CEOs in Germany. In addition, she is co-creator of Europe's 500 - Entrepreneurs for Growth, the European association of fast-growing companies. In 2008, Consulting magazine named her one of the “Top 25” most influential consultants.
Linda Imonti is the Chicago/West Region Advisory Leader and National Business Intelligence Leader for KPMG. Imonti has 26 years of experience helping organization develop innovative strategic plans and leading the efforts to turn these business strategies into operational practice. Her areas of focus include: financial management & operations, alignment of enabling technologies, shared services/outsourcing, business intelligence/BPM, performance improvement, and CRM. Imonti’s breadth and depth of business and IT knowledge and experience coupled with her broad industry background in the corporate, entrepreneurial and consulting arenas provides Linda with an adept perspective and her primary focus is aligning technology with business needs.
Melissa Kibler Knoll
Mesirow Financial Consulting
Melissa Kibler Knoll is Senior Managing Director at Mesirow Financial Consulting and has more than 23 years of experience providing restructuring, litigation, forensic, valuation, and related services. Her industry experience includes financial services, municipalities, retail, automotive, manufacturing and distribution, steel, healthcare, real estate/construction, telecommunications, natural resources, aviation, energy, media and entertainment, and other industries. Knoll has provided accounting and financial advisory services to debtors, secured lenders, unsecured creditors and other parties in bankruptcies, restructurings, turnarounds, and related litigation. Her experience includes addressing a variety of financial, accounting, valuation, operational, liquidity, and leverage issues in formal proceedings under Chapter 11, out-of-court workouts, receiverships/trusteeships, and other related forums.
Barbara Rothenstein is Senior Vice President, Global Finance & Field Operations for Protiviti where she oversees the firm’s global finance function, various field operations and business processes. In addition to leading the finance team, she focuses on streamlining business processes; acquisition integration; real estate/office planning and management; quality risk management (QRM) processes; and serving as Protiviti's liaison to parent company Robert Half for information technology matters. Rothenstein has been with Protiviti since its founding in 2002 and is based in its New York office. She began her career as a performing arts administrator and later joined the audit staff of Arthur Andersen.
With over 20 years consulting experience with companies such as Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Deloitte, Vicki Shillington leads North Highlands Global Human Capital practice. She has worked closely with Leadership Teams of Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 companies to change the way their organizations think, feel and do to drive business results. Shillington sits on the Board for a leading IT industry skills framework. Having been a key part of the People team who set up the London office for North Highland, she lives and breathes the experiences that have enabled them to be in the Top 10 companies to work for over numerous years.
Client Service Awards
Cheryl Fitch is an Executive Vice President based in Aon Hewitt's Orlando Office. In her role, she is responsible for ensuring world-class delivery for large Fortune 500 Benefits Outsourcing clients. This includes client service and satisfaction, quality of delivery and the development of 2,700 colleagues across North America and India. Fitch leads a team of Client Service consultants aligned to complex HR delivery engagements across a suite of talent, retirement and health solutions. Her responsibilities include matching Aon Hewitt's capabilities to clients' business objectives and ensuring world-class client service. She has been with Aon Hewitt for more than 20 years and has held multiple leadership roles in operations, customer service, client management and general management.
Jillian Griffiths is a Partner in PwC’s Deals Practice based in New York. With broad international experience in leading diverse cross-functional deal teams, Griffiths provides her clients with comprehensive analysis of deal alternatives and innovative approaches to minimizing transaction risk, expediting closing and optimizing structures and outcomes. Griffiths offers an uncommon depth of understanding of the due diligence process from start to finish, and she is highly respected for her keen ability to identify and quantify the impact of financial and business issues on purchase price and investor return. Her experience has included over 150 transactions, across most industries from manufacturing and distribution to retail and services.
Becky A. Roof, Managing Director at AlixPartners in New York, brings a unique perspective to her operational turnaround and crisis management engagements. With 30 years of experience, Her credentials consist of a blend of corporate and consulting expertise. Roof’s tenure as VP and CFO of a Houston-based oilfield services company provided her with an enhanced perspective of the corporate and operating issues faced by management. She also possesses an extensive global consulting background in providing interim and crisis management for troubled and underperforming companies in a broad array of industries. She joined the firm in 1998. Prior to joining AlixPartners, Roof was with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young.
Kelly Tousi is a Principal at ZS Associates with 25 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries. During her time at ZS, she has helped companies in the diagnostics, medical device and healthcare supply chain industries improve their sales and marketing strategy and execution. Tousi also serves as a leader of ZS’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Her experience spans a broad range of strategic issues, which includes market opportunity assessment, sales strategy, value-based selling, sales effectiveness and competency modeling and performance measurement. As a part of this work, she has helped organizations transform their sales organizations, and develop, as well as deepen, their sales competencies.
Future Leader Awards
Michelle Gauchat is a manager in the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting. Her eight years of consulting experience is focused in the banking industry—with a specialty in treasury services—and includes operational excellence improvements, post-merger acquisitions, and global transformational programs. Gauchat’s many contributions to Deloitte Consulting extend beyond client service. She is a recruiting champion for its Business Analyst Program, leverages diversity and inclusion programs to help build its Financial Services industry community, and is an active member of its Manager Advisory Council. Prior to joining Deloitte, she spent two years with First National Bank of Omaha.
Kaylin Kugler is a Principal Consultant at Capco and a leader in the mortgage practice and women’s network, Women@Capco. She specializes is in client delivery with a focus in retail lending. She has over seven years of financial services consulting experience and has helped clients optimize operations, assess technologies, define future state for business strategies, and develop programs for managing quality with a focus on risk and regulatory compliance. Kugler has also led business and technology transformation initiatives for industry leading financial services companies. Prior to joining Capco, Kugler began her career in managerial consulting at BearingPoint and PwC, where she was part of the Financial Services practice.
Thear Suzuki is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP in Advisory Services, based in Dallas and has 17 years of experience leading and delivering large and complex IT Transformation programs. Suzuki leads EY’s IT Transformation Practice for the Southwest Region where she provides IT advisory services to Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries, including Financial Services, Health, Public Service, Consumer Products, and Telecommunications and High-Tech. She also serves on the EY Americas Advisory Women’s Leadership Steering Committee, a task force focused on the retention and advancement of women. She also serves as an Executive Sponsor for the Dallas Pan-Asian Professional Network.