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Vikram Kanodia
Pasadena, CA
PhD, Rice University
McKinsey & Co
Wipit, EMC
Roll Global
Independent Consultant
Ian Tidswell
Basel, Switzerland
PhD, Harvard
McKinsey & Co
een consulting GmbH
Paul Millerd
New York, NY
MBA, MIT Sloan
McKinsey & Co
Boston Consulting Group
General Electric
Vivo Strategies
Heather Natsch
San Francisco, CA
MBA, Berkeley
McKinsey & Co
Independent Consultant
Chad Yetka
Denver, CO
MBA, Chicago
McKinsey & Co
MDC Holdings
IdeAction Group
Markus Starke
Hamburg, Germany
MSc, University of Antwerp
McKinsey & Co
Schickler Media Consultants
Markus Starke Mgmt Consulting
Caroline R Taich
Cleveland, OH
MBA, Case Western Reserve
McKinsey & Co
JumpStart Inc
Kirtland Consulting LLC
Lisa Balaschak
Boston, MA
MBA, Wharton
Bain & Co
Pointer Group LLC

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McKinsey alum

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McKinsey alum

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McKinsey alum

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Bain alum

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David A. Fields, author of The Irresistible Consultant's Guide to Winning Clients

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Thought Leadership

How to Facilitate a Fantastic Event – Early Planning Questions

Posted Aug 16, 2019

In the second post of a series on facilitating successful corporate events, Aneta Key covers the topics you should consider at the very beginning of the planning process.

How to Gain Market Acceptance of Trade Marketing Initiatives

Posted Aug 15, 2019

Andre van Regenmortel shares an article that clarifies some of the basic and often overlooked misunderstandings between consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers and multi-brand retailers, from the perspective of the supplier.


Posted Aug 14, 2019

Dan Markovitz explains the benefits of experimentation to see what doesn’t work, so you can figure out what might work, and proves the point with the example of the US women’s national soccer team’s World Cup winning record.

Super-sized out of the Market

Posted Aug 13, 2019

Jason George explores the ouroboros effect in marketing and the contradiction of growth that began with the Happy Meal and ends with the recognition that small could be the new big.

Unleashed Podcast

Episode 194: Spish Rurak on how to successfully transition out of a top-tier consulting firm

08/12/2019 Our guest today is Zbigniew “Spish” Rurak, who has served as a career transition coach to several thousand management consultants as they left top-tier global firms. In this episode, Spish shares observations on how to best prepare to transition out of a big firm and how to manage a successful job search. Read full episode