Past PBG Events

LEK coffee chats and casing workshop

Date: March 27, 2017
Coffee chats: 3-5pm
Casing workshop: 5:30pm
Location: TBA!

Please join PBG alum Adam Siebert from L.E.K. Consulting’s New York office for coffee chats (3-5pm) followed by a case interview workshop (5:30pm)! We hope PhD students will take this opportunity to learn more about the recruitment process and how to prepare for case studies. Pizza will be served at the casing workshop.

Coffee chats with Adam will be limited to 2-3 PBG members per 30 minute session. Sign ups can be located at the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16nIz3OIY0nFbzgcx-zO3aECV2IA8Es2J8tHULXVIaIc/edit?usp=sharing

Adam Siebert, Ph.D. is a Consultant based in the New York office of L.E.K. Consulting. Adam started his career as a Life Sciences Specialist when he joined L.E.K. in September 2013. 

During his time at L.E.K. Adam has focused on Life Science cases, with a particular affinity for drug development and portfolio optimization. He has work on pharmaceutical and MedTech M&A transaction support, formulated growth strategies for F500 companies, and provided comprehensive due diligence on a variety of assets.

Prior to joining L.E.K., Adam earned his Ph.D. and worked in the technology transfer office at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology and Physiology from the University of Pennsylvania and B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College. In his free time, Adam enjoys cycling, travelling and photography.

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Consulting recruitment overview with Co-President Toby

Date: March 29

Location: TBA

For those of you considering recruiting for a job in consulting, or if you’ve already started the process, come grab lunch with PBG Co-President Toby AuWerter at noon on 3/29 (Huntsman Hall, room TBD). Having gone through the process (twice!) and survived coming out the other side, he’ll give an informal talk about high level recruiting strategy followed by Q&A. Topics covered will include what consulting firms are generally looking for in candidates; the goal of networking; the structure of interviews; tips on interview prep; and more.

If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here. Depending on interest, we may need to cap the number of attendees, so put your name down as soon as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Toby directly (auwerter@wharton.upenn.edu). Thanks!

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Women in Consulting Panel

Interested in consulting but unsure where to start? Join us for our “Women in Consulting panel” at 2:00 pm on March 31 (Friday) 

At this panel, Penn alumni that are currently working in management consulting will share their experience as women in their business field. They will also share some general advice on how to transition from graduate school to consulting. This is a terrific opportunity open to all graduate students and postdocs (both men and women) from all programs at Penn.

Where: Jon M. Huntsman Hall Room 75

When: March 31, 2pm

List of participants:

Sonia Passer, PhD, is a Project Leader in BCG’s Philadelphia office. Prior to BCG Sonia got her PhD at Penn in the Pharmacology Graduate Group, where she studied genome-wide transcriptional regulation of adipocytes in Mitch Lazar’s lab. Since joining BCG she has worked primarily in healthcare, helping pharma clients in a number of areas including strategy and commercial. Sonia also acts as BCG’s Recruiting Director for all Penn Advanced Degree Candidates (PhDs, MDs, JDs) for the Spring/Summer 2017 application cycle.

Bernadette Bourjolly, PhD, is a consultant with ZS Associates and a member of ZS’ Value and Access practice. Bernadette mainly focuses on supporting oncology clients, and her experience at ZS included helping companies assess product opportunities, develop early commercialization strategies or evaluate local and global market access and pricing models.

Bernadette obtained a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Université Paul Sabatier (France) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania

Helen Chen, PhD, is a University of Pennsylvania alum in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics before joining Deloitte Consulting in Fall 2016. During her graduate career, Helen investigated how insulin controls hepatic albumin production using a wide range of genetic and biochemical tools. She is looking forward to leveraging her scientific background and skills she acquired during graduate school to pursue consulting opportunities in Health Care and Life Sciences industry.

Jerri Wang, PhD, is a PBG alumni and currently Associate at McKinsey. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Penn; during this time, she was extensively involved in consulting clubs at Penn, including serving as VP of Consulting at PBG. Her work at McKinsey has primarily focused on the pharma industry

Resume and Summer Consulting Workshop

This event is first in a series of workshops to prepare PBG members for the short summer consulting programs geared towards advanced degree candidates.

This workshop will give an overview of the summer consulting programs (such as McKinsey Insight and Bridge to BCG) that are offered specifically for PhDs, postdocs, MDs, and JDs, and will cover strategies to tailor your resume for consulting.

We encourage you to attend if you are might be interested in applying to summer programs in April 2017 or for full-time in July 2017.

Thursday, February 16 5.30-6.30pm
Lynch Lecture Hall

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Flagship Venture Labs Annual Fellowship Program Info Session

Please join us for a conversation with scientist –entrepreneur Erica Weinstein an associate within Flagship Venture labs about Flagship’s method of creating world-class companies and to learn more about our annual fellowship program.

Flagship Ventures was founded to conceive and develop next generation life-science companies, based on a premise that innovation and entrepreneurship could be conducted systematically.

Flagship Ventures’ distinctive capability rests in Flagship VentureLabs, where technology invention and entrepreneurship are performed in concert by a team of world-class innovators and professional entrepreneurs.

Within VentureLabs we have an annual fellows program where we host between 16-24 recently graduated or soon to graduate PhD’s, post docs, MD’s and MBA’s to learn our way of entrepreneuring.

For additional information about the speaker and the fellowship program, refer to the attached documents: Dr. Erica Weinstein ,2017 Fellows Brochure , 2017 Fellows Job Description

November 28, 5:30pm in JMHH (Jon M. Huntsman Hall) classroom 340

**Pizza and Soda will be provided**

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Alternative Career Panel: Nov 11th, 3pm, JMHH Room 270

Interested in a career outside of academia, but unsure where to look? Join us for our “Alternative Career Exploration panel” where 3 panelists who hold PhDs but work outside of academia will share their experiences. They will also share some general advice on how to transition from graduate school to their alternative career path. This is a terrific opportunity open to all graduate students and postdocs from all programs at Penn. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, November 11 3-4pm
Jon M. Huntsman Hall (JMHH) Room 270

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Workshop: Consulting 101 

Looking for alternative career options? Think you might have an interest in business? Come learn more about consulting as a potential career path at Consulting 101!

  • When: September 27, 2016 at 7pm
  • Where: Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building 1941 (231 S. 34th St. Philadelphia PA). The building is located on 34th and Spruce directly across from both the hospital and Irvine Auditorium — just look for all the bikes parked in front of the building! Students can use their Penn card at the main entrance, and then follow the signs to the auditorium.
  • Dinner will be provided!

Co-sponsored by Penn Graduate Consulting Club and PBG Healthcare Consulting

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PBG Presents: Business Concepts for Case Interviews (4/7)

This workshop hosted by future consultants will focus on business concepts required for case interviews, and will also discuss several other consulting-related topics including how to write cover letters. Additionally, we will conduct an interactive case interview to help familiarize you with the actual interview process.

The workshop will be really helpful for those of you who are applying to the summer consulting programs and/or considering applying to consulting firms in the future.

Who: Scott Ugras and Federica Sgariglia
When: Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 PM
Where: Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building 1941 (231 S. 34th St. Philadelphia PA). The building is located on 34th and Spruce directly across from both the hospital and Irvine Auditorium — just look for all the bikes parked in front of the building. Students can use their Penn card at the main entrance, and then follow the signs to the auditorium.

Scott Ugras is a PBG Co-President and a 6th year PhD Candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He will join McKinsey & Company as an Associate after graduating this summer.

Federica Sgariglia is VP of Social at PBG and a postdoc at CHOP. She will join Clarion Healthcare as an associate consultant this fall. 

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PBG Healthcare Consulting and PGWISE present: Joint Spring Happy Hour! (4/5)

Interested in learning more about alternative careers? Have heard of consulting but unsure where to start? During this event, you will hear more about PBG and PGWISE career development initiatives. PBG alumni who are currently working as consultants, as well as PBG members who will join consulting firms after graduation will be available to talk about the recruiting process, interview preparation, and why they chose consulting. This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about alternative careers in an informal setting. Drink tickets will be available for all the participants (at least one free drink ticket per attendant).

When: April 5th, 6-8PM

Where: Harvest Seasonal Grill, private room on the second floor (200 S. 40th street).

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PBG Presents: Future Consultants Panel (3/23)

Are you interested in learning about the consulting application process from soon-to-be-consultants? Join us for our offeree panel with graduating students who have accepted offers from consulting firms and will start this fall. Don’t miss this terrific opportunity where current and future applicants can learn more about consulting jobs and the application process.

Who: Nikhil H. Seshan, Saam Alikhani, Helen Chen, Mei Yan Lee (click here for the panelists’ bios)
When: Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 PM
Where: Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building 1941 (231 S. 34th St. Philadelphia PA). The building is located on 34th and Spruce directly across from both the hospital and Irvine Auditorium — just look for all the bikes parked in front of the building! Students can use their Penn card at the main entrance, and then follow the signs to the auditorium.

Please arrive a few minutes early.

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PBG Presents: Consulting Case and Fit Interviews Workshop (3/15)

This workshop hosted by future consultants will focus on fit and case interview questions, particularly for the upcoming summer programs. We will discuss the kinds of fit and case questions to expect, how to approach each question, and how best to prepare for these interviews. We will also conduct a mock interview so you can get a sense of what the actual interview will be like.

This workshop will be really helpful for those of you who are applying to the summer consulting programs, but also for anyone who is considering applying to consulting firms some time in the future.

Who: Scott Ugras and Federica Sgariglia
When: Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 PM
Where: Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room G50

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