Giving back to and remaining engaged with the Kogod community is important to us because when we do, we experience individuals who are talented, dedicated, and curious about business.”
Joining the Factum Global Team
After sifting through applications, the Kogod in Practice team selected four students to lead a pro bono consulting project focused on supporting Factum Global’s business development strategy—Yash Singh, Kogod/MSF ’22; Charles Barthelemy, Kogod/BSA ’23; Sofia Manrique, Kogod/SIS ’23; and Lisa Francis, Kogod/MBA ’21.
“From the very first meeting with Francisco and Jeff, we immediately felt as though we were a part of their team,” said Singh. “We fed off their passion in developing creative and practical solutions that they could use right away to continue to grow their firm.”
Manrique was equally enthusiastic. In fact, her experience solidified her interest in ultimately pursuing a career in the management consulting industry.
“As part of the student team and in my direct interaction with Factum Global executives, I gained first-hand experience in a field I had been considering as one of my possible career paths after graduation,” Manrique said. “This experience taught me some of the intricacies of consulting, provided me with an opportunity to deal directly with a client, and confirmed that this is a field I am genuinely interested in pursuing long term.”
Through their business development research, the team identified several industries experiencing tremendous growth and a model for identifying future opportunities. In the end, the team produced a list of target companies ripe for global expansion.
I was greatly impressed by the students’ ability to gel so quickly as a team and deliver such a high-caliber deliverable in a matter of months.”
A Happy Client Is a Repeat Client
“I was greatly impressed by the students’ ability to gel so quickly as a team and deliver such a high-caliber deliverable in a matter of months,” said Smith. “We truly believed we were working with experienced consultants at many stages of the project. Francisco and I are proud to continue to partner with Kogod on this and other programs to help enrich the student experience.”
Added Petras, “Not only did students walk away with a sense of great accomplishment for the robust work product they delivered, but they have a true appreciation for all of the hard work that goes into growing a business and obtained real work experience in doing so.”
Although the project was only a semester long, Factum Global offered one of the team members an opportunity to stick around a while longer.
“Following our engagement, I was thrilled to be invited to continue my relationship with Factum Global as their newest business development associate, where I look forward to continuing to broaden the firm’s sales pipeline,” said Singh. “The late nights and long Zoom calls proved to be well worth it.”
Gomez and Smith look forward to continuing their professional relationship with their alma mater and working with the talented students at Kogod who are following the same educational path that they both took.
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