A Liberal Arts Feel with Business School Practical
Greg Baumer BS'08
Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company
“The BEPP department offered the ideal combination of the theoretical training and critical thinking of a liberal arts education with the practicality and application of a business school education.”
Greg Baumer wanted a course of study that offered a broader perspective and focused more on the “big picture”—something more similar to a liberal arts education.
He found the ideal program at Kelley’s Department of Business Economics and Public Policy (BEPP), where he studied economic consulting and public policy analysis, which he combined with a finance major. “The BEPP department offered the ideal combination of the theoretical training and critical thinking of a liberal arts education with the practicality and application of a business school education,” he says. “It was perfect.”
His line of study paid off: Baumer received an offer from McKinsey & Company and will start as a business analyst at the firm’s Chicago office this summer. “Receiving an offer from such a great firm is a tremendous blessing,” he says.
Baumer’s many undergraduate activities paved the way to his success. “I think the unique combination of business knowledge and critical thinking capabilities I developed through the BEPP curriculum proved valuable to the interview process.” He also credits his leadership experience with his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi; an internship with Huron Consulting Group; and “lots of case interview practice!”
Because Baumer feels at his best working with “intelligent, hardworking individuals” and enjoys being continually challenged, consulting was a perfect fit. “Teamwork is at the core of every consulting engagement, which greatly appeals to me,” he says. “Plus, I get bored easily and need to be continually learning to stay engaged. Consultants begin new projects every three to four months, resulting in a perpetual learning curve that will keep me interested throughout my tenure in the industry.”
Baumer is eager for the broad exposure to business he’ll get during the first few years of his career as he works on projects in a variety of industries across all business functions.
He’s also excited to move to Chicago and finally earn a paycheck—“I’m tired of the prototypical collegiate shoe-string budget”—and beginning what he thinks will be a fast-paced and exciting career in consulting. But what he’s most excited about? “To plan a wedding with and then marry my beautiful fiancée, Alison Steele!”
Favorite Kelley memory: “The highlight of my Kelley education was winning the PricewaterhouseCoopers xACT case competition when I was a junior. Our team won the competition here at IU and was then invited to the national finals at PwC’s offices in New York City. We were treated to a fabulous dinner and an entertaining Broadway show, along with a tour of the city. We also met several of PwC’s senior managers and partners, which was extremely interesting. It was a lot of fun!”
Favorite Bloomington restaurants: “Village Deli for breakfast, Dagwood’s for lunch, and Janko’s Little Zagreb for dinner!”
What I’ll miss most about Bloomington: “IU basketball games! My family has had season tickets since I was a child, and I’ve made it to nearly every game during my four years here in Bloomington. I’ll certainly do my best to return to Bloomington a few times next year to catch a couple of games.”