Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of Boutique Consulting – October 29, 2019

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“Yale Career Panels: A Candid View of Boutique ConsultingOctober 29, 2019”

This event is the thirty-third in a series covering different professions. The concept is to have a panel of people with different experiences provide candid views of various careers that Yale students and alumni pursue, particularly those with myths. Our panelists represent different perspectives on boutique consulting and all are Yale alumni. Although we have had Yale Career Panels on consulting in the past, this is the first to cover boutique consulting that differs, in many respects, from the more general, larger consulting firms.

The panel discussion will be conducted in New York City and will be broadcast via an interactive streaming video system. Yale students and alumni are welcome to come to the New York City location or watch and ask questions via the interactive streaming video system. In New York, there will be an opportunity to speak with the panelists and to network for 30 to 45 minutes after the panel.

The organizers of these Yale Career Panels are Julie Sohn, Trish Takemoto, and Peter Young.

Time: Tuesday, October 29 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

Locations and Webinar:

New York Location: Conference Room at Young & Partners, 535 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, New York

Webinar: Streaming video


Please register for just one venue (New York or the Webinar)


  • What is different about boutique consulting versus general consulting at the larger firms?

  • Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?

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

  • What are the myths versus the realities?

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

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

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


Rob Henske, Partner, Roland Berger (Yale BS, Harvard MBA)

Vidur Sehgal, Vice President, EY-Parthenon (Yale BA, University of Chicago MBA)

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, CEO and President, Young & Partners (Yale BA, NYU MS, Harvard MBA)


Rob Henske

Rob is currently a Partner at Roland Berger in Boston where he where he is involved in corporate strategy, focusing on the chemical industry. Prior to joining Roland Berger, Rob was a Vice President at Charles River Associates from 2002 to 2012. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at Arthur D. Little from 1984 to 2002. His first job after graduating from Yale was with Olin Corporation where he was a process and product engineer. Rob earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Vidur Sehgal

Vidur Sehgal is a Vice President in the New York office of EY-Parthenon. He primarily serves the firm’s private equity clients, with a focus on buy-side diligences on targets in the consumer / retail and technology sectors. Besides client service, Vidur is also actively involved in EY-Parthenon’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts aimed at increasing representation and retention of underrepresented minority groups in the firm. Currently in New York, Vidur has also worked in EY-Parthenon’s San Francisco and London offices. Prior to EY-Parthenon, Vidur was an economic consultant at Analysis Group in Washington, DC, where he advised government agencies and private corporations on economic matters (damages, settlements, etc.) pertaining to commercial litigation.

Vidur holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Peter Young (Moderator and Organizer)

Peter Young is the CEO and President of Young & Partners, a leading boutique strategy and investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client projects, transactions and financings.

Prior to founding Young & Partners, Peter was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers, a private equity investor with J.H. Whitney & Co., and a strategy consultant with Bain & Company serving life science and chemical companies.

Peter 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.

Previous Panels and Upcoming Events

Previous panels have covered architecture, artificial intelligence, music, film and drama, internet and data services, entrepreneurism, medical (four times), legal (four times), finance and investing, investment banking (three times), investing, journalism and publishing, consulting (three times), education, government service, medical devices, non-profit organizations, R&D, real estate, start-ups, and a comparison of investing/investment banking/consulting. Twenty-nine of these career panels were recorded and can be viewed at The series for the 2019 – 2020 academic year will include boutique consulting and non-candidate political careers in the fall, and product management and medical careers in the spring.

In 2016, we started a series called, “Yale Career Fireside Chats.” This new series spotlights issues and opportunities which may be encountered during your professional career. So far, our chats have covered “Managing Major Career Changes,” “Serving on Boards,” “The Art of Networking”, “Cybersecurity”, and “The Art of Successful Interviewing.” They were recorded and can also be viewed at

The Series Sponsors

This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including the Yale Office of Career Strategy, the Yale Alumni Association (YAA), the Yale School of Management, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY),, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).

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