In 2021, let’s reflect on how being remote has shifted work for women in consulting. Join us this panel discussion to hear from those closest to this situation, and to have a lively audience dialogue on how we can help our companies realize the benefits Covid may have brought women in consulting, and how this change can help retain some of our best female talent within the industry.
Those in consulting who were used to flight travel Monday through Thursday to the client site suddenly found themselves at home (or in their local company office) and seeing their clients remotely on Skype or Teams. While not ideal, the benefits were reduced expenses billed to the client with airfare, hotel charges, meals, etc., not to mention increase time at home and with family. Could not having be out of town the majority of the week be a benefit to women (and others) in the consulting field? Perhaps remote work every week could reduce the weekly stress of travel and enable attainable paths to Partner or promotion?
Stacia Nelson, Pivot Strategies
Stacia Nelson founded Pivot Strategies in 2015 on the heels of serving corporate roles in Public Relations, Communications and Government Affairs. Her passion is to provide communications and change support to the world’s most admired brands. Her superpower is creating clarity. Stacia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Psychology and Spanish from Hamline University and a Master of Public Policy in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. In 2019, after years of change communications work, she became Prosci certified.
Stacia led the Crisis and Corporate Communications Team for Target Corporation where she was responsible for the company’s preparedness and response to reputation and crisis situations and corporate brand partnerships. Prior to Target, Stacia led the Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships team at Cambria and was the Director of Education & Workforce Development and Healthcare Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. She has worked in IT, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and politics covering topics ranging from global security, crisis management, recalls, sourcing, sustainability, government relations, new product launches, brand marketing and strategic partnerships.
Maura Halbach, Clerestory
Senior Vice President
Since the firm began two decades ago, Maura has been a cultural standard-bearer and developer of consultants. Maura has led transformative client engagements in the manufacturing, financial services, property management, and healthcare industries. Maura has contributed to Clerestory’s change methodology EMBEDSM and helps clients develop a greater capacity for change. She consistently drives sustainable results in operations excellence, organization design, and technology implementation. Clients value Maura’s ability to unite an organizations’ employees around a shared vision to develop internal change agents. She is highly effective at creating enthusiastic participation and meaningful collaboration.
Jess Finn, PwC
Consumer Markets Vertical People Leader
Jess Finn is the Advisory Consumer Markets People Leader at PwC. Jess has been with PwC for 12 years. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and 2 kids. PwC has been fully virtual for almost a year now. Prior to covid, Jess traveled nationwide on a regular basis. She is an avid reader of memoir and fiction, volunteers with the Charlotte Humane Society, and loves to ride her Peloton. Keeping consultants grounded at home has been a formidable obstacle the past year, and PwC has worked hard to change the way we work to accommodate the travel restrictions.
Robyn Sabsevitz, WESCO International, Sr. Director OCM, IT/Digital Commercialization, Enablement, & Support
Robyn Sabsevitz has 15+ years of experience in areas such as Agile, project, program and adoption/organizational change management. Over the course of her career she worked for consulting firms such as Accenture, BearingPoint, Proudfoot and Envision. Robyn helps business partners successfully lead their people and manage their business while implementing change initiatives. She specializes in the commercialization, enablement, and support of digital products and solutions, along with leading transformation initiatives, globally. Robyn has implemented new solutions and operating models globally in several industries including Pharma, Manufacturing, Gas and Electric, Retail, Consumer Products, and Distribution. She is a mom of two girls, Jillian and Zoe. She recently moved to Jacksonville, FL.