Webinar: Independent Consulting: Is it a Viable Career Path for You? (... and How to Succeed If It Is!)

Date and Time
Wednesday, April 24, 2024
12:00pm— 1:00pm
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Danna Daughtry - Club Administrator

Career Development Webinar Series

Panel Discussion Featuring:

  • Jasmin Patel, WG’00, President, a-connect
  • Sarah Frew, WG’11, Managing Partner, Go Far Advisors
  • Tolga Vural, WG’96, Partner, Strategy, Aegean Associates 

Moderated By:

Michael Rovinsky, WG’86, President, Integrity Consulting Group

Many of us have considered starting our own consulting firm and some of us have hung out a consulting shingle for short periods of time and/or during periods of transition, but fewer of us have actually made the leap (of faith) to formally (or informally) open up shop. Nevertheless, under the right circumstances and with adequate support, establishing your own consulting firm or becoming an independent consultant can be a highly rewarding career path.

In this panel discussion, we will hear from four Wharton alum who have successfully taken this road less traveled about the circumstances under which they embarked on the journey, critical success factors, lessons learned along the way, and options to support and enhance your efforts, i.e., you don’t have to “go it alone” to be a successful independent consultant.

Fees and Registration:

  • Participation is free to Dues Paying Members of the WHCMAA and Current WHCM Program Students Only. 
  • Others are welcome to participate for a $25 fee.

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Jasmin_Patel_headshot.jpgJasmin Patel, WG'00, has been building a-connect over the last 10 years after a successful career in various roles in life sciences, starting as a scientist, working as a consultant with McKinsey, leading commercial operations as COO at Novartis, and serving as Managing Director, Senior Advisor, and Venture Partner at several health care and life science venture capital funds. a-connect is a unique consultancy that partners with leading life science companies around the world to deliver transformative, long-lasting results by creating specialized project teams from its network of highly talented and experienced Independent Consultants with the right mix of capabilities tailored to meet each client’s needs and requirements

Sarah_Frew_Headshot_2024_(002).jpgSarah Frew, WG'11, became an independent consultant in 2015, founding and serving as Managing Partner of Go Far Advisors after a long and winding career that started after she earned her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from MIT. She spent the early 2000’s working on the role of biotech and biopharma in emerging markets, including spending time at a global health think tank in Toronto. She then served as Director, Commercial and Business Development for a small, Philadelphia-area company, TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, that went public in 2013. After spending a year as Director, Corporate Contracts and Alliances at the Penn Center for Innovation, where she met many cutting-edge researchers, Sarah started consulting for many of them who reached out to her for assistance as an independent consultant and founded Go Far Advisors as her business grew through word of mouth and her extensive network.

Tolga.jpgTolga Vural, WG'96, founded Aegean Associates, a growth-focused management consulting firm, in 2012, after a long and successful career as a growth strategist in management and advisory capacities in a range of industries in and for a variety of companies including Oliver Wyman, Booz Allen, Deloitte/Braxton, RELX Group/LexisNexis, Publicis Groupe/Digitas, and Heidrick & Struggles/Decision Strategies International.  Aegean partners with clients across industries, including life sciences and pharmaceuticals, in the development and execution of results-driven strategy, sales and marketing, communications, organizational development, and change management initiatives. Aegean leverages independent consultants in many of its projects and also partners with other consultancies in the delivery of its client engagements.

Michael_R_1.JPGMichael Rovinsky, WG'86, founded Integrity Consulting Group, a boutique healthcare consulting firm specializing in strategic, business, and regulatory planning; ambulatory medical facility planning and development; hospital/physician alignment; and partnership development, in 1998. Previously, he had worked at two of the then Big-8 accounting/consulting firms, Ernst & Whinney and KPMG Peat Marwick, and three small to mid-sized consulting firms. Michael has taken a few detours from Integrity Consulting Group over the years, serving as Executive Director of Strategic Planning for a national, fully integrated, payer/provider company; Director for another mid-sized consulting firm; and Associate Principal for a healthcare architecture and design firm, but he always finds his way back to Integrity Consulting Group.

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