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IMCNE Dinner Meeting - April 12, 2010: Paths to Becoming a Consultant

April 12, 2010
5:30pm - 9:00pm

Foley Hoag
Emerging Enterprise Center
1000 Winter Street, 4th Floor
Waltham, MA

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Graduating students and professionals interested in changing careers are investigating starting management consulting careers, either on their own or at established firms. This event will bring a group of experienced consultants together who have entered the field from various paths to share their own stories and describe what work and life as a management consultant is really like. Content will be complementary and build upon the SPC’s "Consulting as a Career” seminar on March 1st and participants will gain insight on topics such as:
  • Why consider management consulting? What are the advantages and opportunities?
  • External and internal consulting paths and options
  • How to successfully transition to becoming a consultant
  • Practical advice on how to avoid common pitfalls, deal with challenges, and thrive in the new career
The evening will include networking and a light dinner prior to the start of the panel discussion and Q&A.

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Panelists will include...

Mark Campbell ( is an organizational consultant specializing in executive coaching. In addition to his consulting, Mark teaches two courses in communications to physicians and physician leaders at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to starting his consulting practice, M. J. Campbell Associates in 1994, Mark worked in human resource management for twenty-five years. A representative list of Mark's clients includes: Boston Scientific, Corporation, Covidien, Johnson & Johnson and University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mark is one of a limited number of individuals to receive Toastmasters International's highest award for professionalism in public speaking, The Accredited Speakers Award.

Bill von Achen, CMC ( is a business strategist, thinking partner and trusted advisor to business leaders and executives. Bill works exclusively with business owners and senior company executives on strategic planning, organizational design and management development issues. Bill brings to his consulting practice over twenty-five years of management experience gained at both privately held companies and at major corporations. Prior to founding Strategic Management Resources in 1994, Bill served as Chief Operating Officer at Dash, Straus and Goodhue, Inc. (now Intertek Testing Services), an engineering consulting firm that, during his tenure, was named three times to INC Magazine's list of the nation's 500 fastest growing companies. Bill serves on the Boards of a number of companies and non-profit organizations.

Bruce Katcher, Ph.D. ( is an industrial/organizational psychologist, consultant, author, and speaker.  He founded Discovery Surveys in 1993 and specializes in helping organizations improve the morale, motivation, and productivity of their employees.  Bruce received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1983 and has more than 25 years experience advising senior management.  He has consulted to more than 100 clients including Alcoa, Bankers Trust, Dunkin' Donuts, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Sodexho USA, Timberland, the Tata Group, Tufts University, and W.R. Grace.

Bruce is the author of An Insider's Guide to Building a Successful Consulting Practice (AMACOM, 2010).  He recently founded the Center for Independent Consulting (  The Center helps consultants to start and grow their consulting businesses. He served as president of The Society of Professional Consultants for four years and on the board of the New England Society of Applied Psychology for four years.

Karen Keefe is an internal management consultant and recently earned her Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation after studies at iPEC, the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. She has over 25 years of management coaching experience in high tech companies such as Digital Equipment Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and EMC Corporation, where she served as an internal consultant.  She has also worked as an external consultant for small to midsized companies such as Green Mountain Coffee roasters. Karen currently works at MathWorks as a Principle Organization Development Consultant focusing on management and leadership development along with organizational change efforts.


Pamela Campagna, IMCNE President, will moderate the panel discussion. Pam Campagna and her firm, BLUE SAGE Consulting (, work with organizations to optimize sales and market readiness to ensure success. Prior to founding BLUE SAGE in 1997, Pam held various roles in global sales operations, product management, channel development and business management at leading technology and services firms such as Lotus/IBM and FTP Software. She has also developed and delivered Marketing, Business Management and Communications, Sales, and Project Management courses at Boston College, Northeastern University, and Boston University. Pam has held numerous board and volunteer positions for civic, professional, and women’s organizations and is currently finishing her term as President of the New England chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants.
BLUE SAGE Consulting, Inc. is a Massachusetts Women-Owned Business certified by The State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA), an agency within the Department of Business and Technology that promotes the development of certified businesses.

Registration, Information, and Directions

5:30-6:30 Registration and Networking
6:30-7:00 Networking and Light Dinner
7:00-9:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A
Foley Hoag
Emerging Enterprise Center
1000 Winter Street, 4th Floor
Waltham, MA

Registration Fee

Advance Registration
(Until Mar 30)
(Mar 31 - April 7
Extended to April 10!)
Late, Walk-In
(Apr 11-Apr 12)













Members of Affiliate Organizations: Please use discount code "IMCNE-AFFIL" when requested in the registration process. You will be asked to confirm membership at the registration desk.

Students: Please use discount code "IMCNE-STDNT". You will be asked for a student ID card. Student members of IMC already have discount applied and may not use the discount code.

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Credit cards and advance payment by check will be accepted.

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