6th 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. In recognition of their extraordinary efforts, Consulting magazine recognizes the 2012 Women Leaders in Consulting at a celebratory dinner and gala at the St. Regis Hotel in New York, Nov. 8.

“As the publication of the profession, Consulting is honored to recognize the women leaders in the profession and the firms they represent,” says Joe Kornik, Publisher & Editor in Chief of Consulting. “This is our sixth year recognizing the Women Leaders in Consulting. This year, we’ve received more than 400 nominations, and the quality and accomplishments of the winners get more impressive every year.”

Headlining the Consulting magazine Achievement Awards: Women Leaders in Consulting dinner is Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Phyllis Yale, a Senior Advisor Bain & Company. Yale joined Bain in 1982 in the firm’s Boston office and was elected partner just five years later. She founded Bain’s healthcare practice and launched the firm’s New York office.

The night’s other honorees represent the spectrum of consulting firms. They are:

  • Barbara Adachi, Deloitte Consulting, Leadership Award
  • Leslie Blair, Ernst & Young, Leadership Award
  • Laura Hay, KPMG, Leadership Award
  • Debora Morris, Accenture, Leadership Award
  • Theresa Brown, Capco, Client Service Award
  • Patricia Etzold, PwC, Client Service Award
  • Sharon Hodgson, IBM, Client Service Award
  • Kim Wagner, The Boston Consulting Group, Client Service Award
  • Holly Collins, Mercer, Future Leader Award
  • Nicola Russell, Slalom Consulting, Future Leader Award
  • Kristin Trahan Winford, Mesirow Financial Consulting, Future Leader Award

The dinner is open to anyone in the profession, but space is limited. Please contact Todd Dale at +1-603-357-8246 or email tdale@consultingmag.com for details.

This Year’s Awards Recipients:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Phyllis Yale
Senior Advisor, Bain & Company

Few advisors to CEOs have more stature, credentials or boardroom credibility than Phyllis Yale. She joined Bain in 1982 in the firm’s Boston office and was elected partner just five years later. Yale, who recently transitioned from a full-time senior partner role with Bain to a part-time role as senior advisor supporting other Bain partners, founded Bain’s healthcare practice and has been a leader in building it for 25 years. She has run Bain’s Boston office, the largest office in Bain’s 49-office worldwide system, as well as Bain’s operations in the Northeast. She helped launch Bain’s New York office and The Bridgespan Group, the not-for-profit spin-off which helps nonprofit and philanthropic leaders develop strategies and build organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. Over her career, Yale has led work with clients on issues including competitive strategy development, marketing strategy implementation, cost/quality management, and mergers and acquisitions. She works with health care organizations, including providers of the full continuum of care from academic medical centers to home healthcare.

Leadership Awards

Barbara Adachi
National Managing Director, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting

Barbara Adachi is the National Managing Director for Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting Practice. In this role, she sits on the Deloitte Consulting LLP Executive Committee and is responsible for business strategy, P&L and financial performance and operations, talent recruitment and development, and delivery of consulting services including HR transformation, talent strategy, workforce analytics and strategic change across the U.S. Adachi joined Deloitte in 1990, was promoted to Principal in 1995 and became the Western region leader in 2001. Adachi recently served as the National Managing Principal for Deloitte LLP’s award-winning Women’s Initiative (WIN) from 2007 to 2012. During her tenure, Deloitte LLP received its second Catalyst award in 2010, which honors organizations that have implemented innovative strategies and programs to advancing women. She also has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Business” by The San Francisco Business Times from 2003 through 2012.

Leslie Blair
Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

Leslie Blair serves as the West Sub Area Advisory Managing Partner in the Los Angeles office of Ernst & Young. She joined what was then Ernst & Whinney in 1989 and was named Partner in 1994. Over the following three years, she played an instrumental role in developing Ernst & Young’s consulting practice in Belgium, creating a technology entity that generated $70 million in annual revenue. In 2000, she moved to Cap Gemini, following the sale of Ernst & Young’s consulting practice to the French-based consulting firm. Prior to returning to E&Y in the fall of 2009 to lead the growth of our Advisory practice in the West, Blair served as a principal in the Deloitte Consulting Enterprise Applications and Technology Strategy practices. Blair currently serves as a member on the executive advisory board of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School in Chicago.

Laura Hay
Principal, KPMG

Laura Hay, who joined KPMG in 1993, is a Principal in KPMG’s Insurance Practice where she serves as the National Sector Leader for Insurance. She is also a member of KPMG’s Board of Directors and a member of the KPMG Foundation Board. Prior to joining the firm, she spent eight years at a large mutual life insurance company. Hay has more than 28 years of professional experience in the insurance industry focused on audit, advisory and actuarial services including global U.S. GAAP and IFRS conversions, Solvency II and ERM assessments. Meanwhile, Hay has lead the business information review of several global and U.S.-based life insurers where her work involved future state visioning of the internal reporting for management’s purposes, a comprehensive review of the current state of the analyses around earnings by source and actuarial-specific internal reporting, gap analyses and development of next steps and plans for implementation of future state.

Debora Morris
Global Lead, Integrated Service Delivery, Accenture

Debora Morris is Accenture’s Global Lead for Integrated Service Delivery, which falls within the Human Services industry in the firm’s Health & Public Service operating group. She also is Accenture’s client account lead for an eligibility system modernization project in Kansas. Morris joined Accenture in 2005 and has more than 25 years of experience designing, implementing, evaluating and managing federal, state, and county government programs specializing in welfare, workforce and long-term care. She started her human services career as a rural caseworker. She was a Legislative Director for the Chair of the Texas House Human Services Committee and was Deputy Commissioner for Planning Evaluation and Project Management at the Texas Department of Human Services. Throughout her career, Morris has been guided by her belief that through innovation in business processes and the commitment and dedication inherent in public service, government organizations can achieve levels in customer service that rival the private sector.
Client Service Awards

Theresa Brown
Managing Principal, Capco

Theresa Brown is a Managing Principal at Capco in the Capital Markets consulting practice. Brown has 17 years’ experience providing enterprise, cross-firm and industry-level program, portfolio and project management design and delivery of large scale initiatives. She is an accomplished business leader with proven strategy development, business process management, technology integration, vendor and large team management in the Capital Markets, Banking and Technology domains. Brown has managed a number of large multi-million dollar and cross-firm initiatives, including program managing the launch of the Canadian Fixed Income Central Counterparty Clearing (CCP), the implementation of a major North American Alternative Trading System (ATS), the build and launch of the U.S. Rates Desk for a North American broker/dealer, and the enterprise integration testing for the post-merger integration of two U.S. banks. Prior to joining Capco, Theresa was Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services of BCE Emergis’ eBusiness division.

Patricia Etzold
Advisory Services Partner, PwC

Patricia Etzold is a Partner in PwC’s Forensic Services practice. She provides specialized advisory services to boards of directors, audit committees, and internal and external counsel of multi-national companies. She specializes in leading international forensic financial fraud and corruption investigations and remediation programs. She has assisted the Department of Justice in its prosecution of certain matters and has assisted companies’ counsel response to informal and formal Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice inquiries. Etzold brings over 30 years of accounting and global business experience to her clients and is a regular speaker on forensic financial investigative and remedial topics. She leads the Securities Litigation group at PwC and is a co-editor of the firm’s annual study on the topic. Additionally, Etzold is PwC’s Partner Chair for the Women’s Network in New York, PwC’s Partner Chair for the Advisory Women’s Group in New York, and PwC’s Partner Chair for Forensics Women.

Sharon Hodgson
Partner, IBM Global Business Services

Sharon Hodgson helped form and currently leads IBM’s Business Analytics and Optimization practice in North America, where she oversees more than a 1,000 consultants and helps the world’s brightest companies make better, faster decisions to meet their business challenges with a greater level of intelligence—using business analytics. In her consulting career, Sharon has led the delivery of large, complex transformation programs at clients, including Nestle, Merck, Pitney Bowes and FMC. These programs involved directing the activities of 300 to 1,000 client team members to fundamentally change how their companies operate and use information, to deliver several hundreds of million dollars in overall benefits. Earlier this year, IBM announced new services and software to reduce fraud, manage financial performance and predict customer behavior. Called Smarter Analytics Signature Solutions, the capabilities are based on experiences drawn from more than 20,000 analytics client engagements.

Kim Wagner
Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

Kim Wagner, a New York-based Senior Partner of The Boston Consulting Group, serves on the global leadership teams of two of BCG’s key practices: Global Advantage (Globalization) and Operations. She also leads its growing work in Global Agribusiness and New Product Development. She has helped lead some of BCG’s largest and most important accounts (both corporate and social impact) and has client relationships spanning over a decade. Her clients include the top executives of large companies across a range of industries—from biopharma and agribusiness to industrial and consumer goods. Wagner, a PhD, advises them on business development, innovation, productivity, sourcing, sustainability and globalization. Her experience is particularly deep in product development, strategy, and process/organizational redesign. She joined BCG in 1994. Outside of BCG, Wagner serves on several boards for not-for-profit organizations with agricultural, sustainability and educational missions, including Junior Achievement of New York and the Cornell University Council.

Future Leader Awards

Holly Collins
Partner, Mercer

Holly Collins is a Partner with Mercer’s Health & Benefit Practice in Newport Beach, California. She joined the firm 11 years ago and has over fifteen years of experience in the employee health & benefit field. Collins specializes in strategic benefit plan program development for complex organizations. She provides a full range of consulting services, covering all aspects of employee benefits to Mercer’s clients. Collins recently led and participated in the development and implementation of Mercer’s Healthcare Industry vertical, which focuses on the unique issues facing healthcare organizations. She is a frequent presenter for Mercer in its efforts to educate clients on important employee benefit issues. In addition to her client responsibilities, Collins is the Office Leader for the Newport Beach and San Diego offices. Less than one year after taking on this role, she gained the support of an experienced leadership team and has positioned the offices for growth.

Nicola Russell
Director of Talent Management, Slalom Consulting

Nicola Russell is Slalom Consulting’s Director of Talent Management, a group which develops and grows employees across Slalom through learning and development, career management, leadership, performance, and employee systems. She has over 12 years of consulting experience working with clients to align and integrate business and people initiatives, and has managed employee development and talent management solutions in both internal and consulting roles. Russell also leads a Talent Advisory Council across Slalom’s 11 offices and represents the national viewpoint on the firm’s diversity initiatives. A strong believer that people are a company’s greatest asset in the marketplace, she is passionate about employee engagement and development, learning strategy and analysis, curriculum architecture and design, leadership development, and human performance improvement. Russell began her career in organizational effectiveness consulting with Triaxia Partners, and prior to joining Slalom held leadership roles at Starbucks Coffee Company and The Home Depot.

Kristin Trahan Winford
Chief Operating Officer, Mesirow Financial Consulting

Kristin Trahan Winford is Chief Operating Officer of Mesirow Financial Consulting where she leads all aspects of Mesirow’s business unit operations. She focuses specifically on the people management and operating strategy of the firm, including strategic planning and budgeting, finance and accounting, risk management and governance, marketing and communications, compensation strategy, human capital acquisition and development, organizational design and effectiveness, information technology and administrative operations. Winford has extensive experience providing strategic operations and performance improvement services to internal and external clients. In addition, Winford also led the development and launch of Mesirow’s international joint venture, BTG Mesirow Financial Consulting where she plays an integral role in setting the strategic initiatives of the global entity as well as the operational aspects of the business. Prior to Mesirow, Winford was national operations director for the national Corporate Recovery and Transaction Services practices at KPMG. She also spent several years at Accenture.