Note: Over the next months I’ll be posting interviews with a number of key members of the Cicero team here and on my LinkedIn account. Stay tuned!
What brought you to Cicero Group?
I came to Cicero straight from my undergraduate program in Economics and Business Management at BYU. I was interested in consulting and data analysis, and was attracted to Cicero because of its emphasis on work/life balance and its unique approach to research and data analytics.
What kind of projects are you working on right now?
I just finished up a market sizing project for the business development unit of a multinational medical device company. Our services included helping the client understand the size and workings of the market they expressed interest in entering. Apart from this I have been running the strategy and logistics for our fall recruiting season for candidates graduating from undergraduate and graduate programs at universities throughout the country.
What are you reading?
Truthfully I’m more of a podcast listener. It’s more efficient because I can listen while I drive. My favorite podcasts include HBR’s Ideacast and NPR’s Planet Money. Both get me thinking about trends in the industry and new fun ways to think of the world around me.
Now, what are you reading for fun?
I read on vacation. The last book I read was Airframe by Michael Crichton. I hadn’t read anything else by him other than the Jurassic Park series and I love a good mystery and action thriller.
What is the best part about working at Cicero?
My top two reasons for why I love Cicero have to do with the work and the people. The work is interesting, fun, and challenging. I honestly look forward to coming into work and thinking through hard problems. The people are smart, funny, and very kind. I truly feel at home here among friends. They teach me new things every day and push me to be better at what I do.
If you could help all your clients understand one principle or strategy, what would it be?
Problem solving begins by asking the right questions. Any business opportunity, be it a product launch, market entry, or cost-cutting initiative, is most successful when pressure tested against smart questions.