Ms. Insightful Panda
I’m an Economics graduate from a prestigious institute in India – Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. I graduated in the Top 10% of my class with an overall score of 87.5%. I currently work at ZS Associates India as a Strategy Insights and Planning Associate Consultant for the past ~4 yrs (with one promotion).
Undergrad School: Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University
Undergrad Major: Economics
Age: 25, Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Other Degree/Certification: Strategic Management -Introduction to Corporate and Business Strategy, Industry Analysis, M&A from London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) Summer School; Taken a course in Marketing Analytics from UVA Darden (Coursera, but this was sponsored by my company so I got the Darden certificate as well, with the highest grade) and a course from Dale Carnegie on Effective client communications
School Name: London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) Summer School
Extracurriculars: Volunteered for 2 years at National Service Scheme (NSS); Taught English, Mathematics and Science to underprivileged children and women; A majority of these students were family members of school staff (peons, cooks etc.); Head of "Beyond the Classroom" Club in the Economics Department at university - worked to foster learning beyond textbooks; Arranged several field visits (for a student body of 100+) to institutions and organizations ties to economics in some way or the other e.g. visit to Parliament in session, NITI Aayog (this is a governmental think-tank in India), Part of a dance team for 2 popular Bollywood choreographs - learnt Bollywood and Jazz dance forms and performed in a group for an audience of 500+; Recently started learning how to play guitar, My family loves to travel so I've been to 19 countries up till now (if you count The Vatican as a separate country!). Definitely aware / have experienced many different cultures.
Title: Strategy Insights & Planning Associate Consultant
Company: Fortune 500
Length of Employment: 4 yrs
Big Life Wins:
Facilitated a go/no-go decision for a huge pharmaceutical firm’s novel antibiotic drug that promised to reform the landscape of antibiotic resistance in the world. It is a moral dilemma when you have two conflicting things to consider: the client’s balance sheet or your ethical responsibility to improve the world’s standing on health.
Post MBA Goal:
I’d want to continue within consulting – ideally MBB. I am also very open to strategy roles in FMCG or Tech companies (Facebook, Apple), especially since “Strategy Insights & Planning” is my forte!