Consulting Magazine Professional Series: Future-Proofing Your Professional Career

2024 Rising Stars of the Profession Awards, Chicago April 11

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Arrival and Registration

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Keynote Presentation: Your Strategic Path to Leadership

Featured Speaker: John Norkus, Managing Director, Pricing & Commercial Excellence, KPMG

As a rising star, you are now or soon about to be presented with a significant number of choices on what’s next. Since there are many paths up the consulting mountain, knowing how to select what is best for you requires some careful consideration. Who you want to be and how will you get there? With some storytelling and humor, this session will challenge the audience to consider whether what got them to this point will launch them into the rest of their career. Together, we’ll inventory the professional and relationship tools necessary for the inevitable next phase -- and even set expectations for GenAI. Do you want to be a "master of your craft" or a "student of your profession?" Let’s find out together!

John Norkus is a Consulting Magazine Top 25 alumni and author of “Inside Management Consulting: What You Should Know When Hiring or Becoming a Consultant

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM | Panel Discussion: Building Your (Powerful) Personal Brand

Moderator: Audra Nichols, Chief Operating Officer, MBO Partners
Jenny Rae Le Roux, CEO, Management Consulted
Alberto Villarreal, Managing Director, Nepanoa
SueEllen Carroll, Managing Director, AArete

Explore the pivotal link between personal branding and your success as a consultant. Delve into the nuances of defining your brand, and insights into building your powerful personal brand that goes beyond surface-level tips. Join us to unravel the interplay of purpose, passion, and reality in building a distinctive personal brand, laying the foundation for sustained success and fulfillment.

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM | Roundtable Discussion: So You’re A Successful Young Professional - What Could Possibly Stop You Now?

Moderator: Brianna Leung, Principal, Red Bird Strategy, LLC

Building on the program’s foundational presentations Your Strategic Path to Leadership and Building Your (Powerful) Personal Brand, this peer-focused session will explore real-life challenges and optimal paths to help rocket your career to the next level. Brianna Leung will guide you and your consulting colleagues on how to uncover growth opportunities, deliver exceptional client experiences, inspire trust and loyalty and unlock your personal growth potential.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Program Ends | Pre Networking Break