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NY Chapter – Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Consulting Profession, Thursday, Novembe

Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of the Consulting Profession

Thursday, November 1, 2012

 This event is the fourth in a series covering different professions and will feature panelists from three different leading consulting firms. Two of the three panelists and the moderator are Yale graduates. The concept is to have a diverse panel of consultants, all of whom will provide candid views of their profession.

The panel discussion will be held simultaneously in New York City and at Yale, with one panelist and the moderator at Yale and two panelists in New York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a webinar (audio only) for those who cannot attend in person.

TimeNovember 1, 2012 from4:30 pm to5:30 pm EST (The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from5:30 pmto6 pmto answer additional questions.)

Locations and Webinar:

New York Location: Conference Room at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, NYC

Yale Location: Room 117, William Harkness Hall,100 Wall Street (The Yale location may be subject to change, but registered attendees will be notified in advance.)

Webinar: Conference call

Please register for just one venue (NYC, New Haven or the Audio Webinar)


Mark B. Fuller, Strategic Advisor, Former Chairman and CEO, Monitor Group (Harvard College BA, Harvard Law School JD,HarvardBusinessSchool MBA)

Karen Gordon, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (Yale College BA, Harvard Business School MBA)

Steven Kauderer, Partner, Bain & Company (Vassar College BA, Yale School of Management MBA)

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners LLC (Yale College BA,NYUBusinessSchool MS,HarvardBusinessSchool MBA)


  1. Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?

  2. How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?

  3. What are the myths versus the realities?

  4. What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?

  5. What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?

  6. If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?


Mark B. Fuller

Mark Fuller is Strategic Advisor to Monitor Group and Executive Director of Monitor Horizons, the company’s research and development unit.  Mark previously served as Founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monitor from 1983 to 2011.  During his tenure, Monitor, a global consulting and principal investing firm, grew to employ more than 1,500 staff in twenty-seven offices located in eighteen countries.

Mark formerly served as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he taught courses in strategy formulation, implementation, and industry and competitive analysis.

Mark graduated from Harvard College where he received a BA degree in history with High Honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He later received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Harvard Law School, both with Honors.

Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon is a Senior Partner and Managing Director with The Boston Consulting Group. She graduated from Yale College (BR 1991) with a degree in History and was a publisher of the Yale Daily News.

She went on to work in brand management at Proctor & Gamble before she went to Harvard Business School where she received her MBA in 1996. She has been at The Boston Consulting Group for the last 16 years and has three sons.

Steven Kauderer

Steven is a partner in the New York office of Bain & Company in the financial services practice. Steve has 20 years of experience in consulting. Prior to joining Bain & Company, Steven was a Managing Director with Oliver Wyman. The focus of most of his consulting career has been in the insurance industry.

Steve graduated from Vassar with a BA in American Culture and received an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Peter Young (Moderator)

Mr. Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings. Under his leadership, Young & Partners has established and maintained its position as a leader in the industry. Young & Partners was founded in 1996 and is lead by a group of Managing Directors, all of whom were previously heads of their industry groups at major firms such as Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Dresner Bank, Schroders, and Salomon Brothers.

Prior to 1996, Mr. Young was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers for ten years.  Mr. Young has been an investment banker serving the chemical and pharma industries for twenty six years assisting a wide variety of chemical and life science companies on a global basis with regard to mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital raising.

Early in his career while with Bain & Co., Mr. Young provided strategic advice to major chemical and life science companies. He was also a senior member of J.H. Whitney & Co. the venture capital firm.

Mr. Young received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified  Public Accountants.  Mr. Young is a board member of Société de Chimie Industrielle, a chemical and pharmaceutical industry association and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine.

Our previous career panels, legal, investment banking, and medical, were featured on March 29, April 23 and October 9, respectively.  The remaining series for 2012-13 will cover a number of professions, including education, entrepreneurship and a repeat of investment banking and legal.  We will post the details of these panels as they become available.

This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including Yale Undergraduate Career Services, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association ofNew York(YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).

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