Panel Discussion: Careers in Consulting

by Beyond Academia at UCSB

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Fri, Apr 15, 2022

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM PDT (GMT-7)

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What do consultants do? In brief they advise. They use their niche experience, industry understanding and problem solving to offer advice on specific company problems. During this panel they will share how they got into this field, what their job looks like on a daily basis and offer advice on how to become a consultant.


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Paul Rivera (he/him)


Optimax International Consulting

Paul specializes in international development and strategic planning for governments and businesses worldwide as founder and president of Optimax International Consulting. With professional experience in 26 countries, Paul provides strategic guidance to Ambassadors, corporate entities, startup and social enterprises, technical experts, and government ministries. Paul earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Southern California and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

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Patrick Knoth (he/him)

Senior Strategy & Operations Manager, Citi Bike


Patrick owns operations strategy, planning, analytics, and execution for Citi Bike in New York City. Prior to Citi Bike, Patrick was a Consultant at BCG, where he concentrated on fashion, luxury, public sector, and operations work. Patrick earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2016 and worked for several years as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

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