year, IMC USA introduced a certificate program for MBA students to educate them
about the profession of management consulting. Today I’m interviewing Jon Seidel,
National Chair of our Academic Affair Committee.
me a little bit about yourself: where you live, what your practice focus is,
something interesting about yourself.
Jon: I live in Oakland, CA; I’m married and have
two grown sons (one a software/hardware engineer and the other in law school).
My practice is focused on software development and IT management. Something
interesting(?)...I love to play games: cards, board games; practice taiji; love
to watch soccer (I learned about the game by coaching my son!
me about how long you have belonged to IMC and what you have gained from being
first started attending IMC/NorCal meetings around 1990; attended my first
Confab 1993 and became a CMC in 2002. I gained some really valuable, long-term
connections. I have also been able to give back to the community, most notably
by running the Oakland ABC for several years. And actually got some good
business through these connections.
recently been appointed as chair of Academic Affairs. This committee is
responsible for building and sustaining relationships with Universities and to
manage our curriculum for the Certificate in Management Consulting. Your
committee is also responsible for connecting to MBA students and creating
relationships between our chapters and consulting "clubs” at various
Universities. You also have a University Task Force comprised of IMC members
who create and sustain relationships with Universities to incorporate the
Certificate into their MBA curriculum. Tell me about what your committee has
accomplished during the last two years.
Jon: It’s only fair to point out that Manola
Robison and several other IMC members started this initiative. Universities including Willamette University,
and the University of Colorado Boulder are offering the Certificate in
Management Consulting in their Executive Development programs and
to MBA students. We are in negotiation with other universities,
including several international institutions – our Institute has strong
recognition in the international community. The certificate programs are based
on IMC USA’s management consulting Competency Framework, with several course
components taught by CMC’s. We have also created or connected student clubs to
our professional chapters to help students learn more about the management
consulting profession. All in all, the Academic Affairs program is helping to
1) Advance the management consulting profession and 2) Gain recognition for the
IMC and the CMC mark. It’s a terrific program and I’m excited and honored to be
part of this initiative.
me about your near term plans for your work within IMC USA.
Jon: In the short term, we’re looking to
finalize agreements with some new universities and get those underway. We’ve
just had another institution ask to work with us! With this increase in
opportunities, we’re carefully evaluating our expansion plans to protect
against a loss of "exclusivity” by our existing partners. It’s a good challenge
to have. We also have a goodly number of universities "kicking the tires”
and we need to work toward qualifying them and focus on the most
heard that you are seeking new members of your committee. Tell me about the
nature of the committee to serve and what kinds of skills are most needed.
Jon: We need a "point person;” someone with a
solid, high-level connection at an educational institution would be of great
help, especially if it could lead to another candidate institution. However, we
also need people who are well-organized and can support the process – answering
questions, creating and providing materials and information as needed, and
following up to achieve closure on the outstanding efforts. At this point,
there are numerous initiatives somewhere in the pipeline that need a critical
assessment. We also need to maintain the currency of our teaching and marketing
Loraine: Is there anything else
that you’d like our audience to know?
Jon: In my opinion, this is the single most
exciting initiative to come out of IMC USA and has immense potential for us and
for the profession. We need to make this happen now and now is the time to get
me how our readers can learn more about you and your committee.
Jon: I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 510-530-6314. You can find basic information on the IMC USA website: www.imcusa.org,
click "Prof. Learning” and then "Academic Programs” for a quick overview and
information about the three currently-active programs.
you’ve been thinking about serving on a national committee – now would be a great
time to let us now. And remember that many of our board members served on
national committees or in a leadership role in their own chapter. You can
recommend yourself or another member for service by contacting the chair of our
nominating committee, David Norman (David.Norman@imcusa.org).
you don’t have to wait to be asked to serve – make your new year’s resolution
to increase the value of your affiliation with IMC by serving.
tuned to my blog to "meet” our other national committee chairs.