Women's History Month 2024 (1)

Celebrating Women Leaders at AG Consulting Partners


AG Consulting Partners is proud of the diversity of its workforce, where women play a pivotal role by contributing their expertise, passion, and unique perspectives to drive the company’s success. In this article, we’ll highlight the stories of Erin Anderson, Partner and COO, and Brie Green, Director of Sales Operations. We’ll explore their personal journeys and career milestones and learn about the invaluable mentorship they’ve received and now pay forward. Their experiences provide insight into the challenges and triumphs of women in consulting, inspiring us to foster a culture of inclusivity, support, and advancement for all at AGCP and beyond.

Erin AndersonERIN ANDERSON, PARTNER & COO

What do you do for fun outside of consulting?

I’m passionate about spending time in nature and enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, skiing, hiking, and taking care of my collection of over 90 unique varieties of hydrangeas. When I’m indoors, I like to read and play retro Nintendo games.

What was your consulting career progression like?

I’ve worked in various industries during my professional journey to gain experience and find my niche. I started my career with a national trucking company, followed by two global investment firms, a now-defunct savings bank, and one of the world’s largest wineries. After recognizing a pattern of job transitions, I sought advice from a mentor who suggested that consulting might offer the variety I was looking for while maintaining stability with a single employer.

Taking this advice to heart, I transitioned to Accenture as a management consultant specializing in technology. After five years, I joined Microsoft before taking a hiatus to establish my own venture and provide operational support to another small business. However, I missed the dynamic consulting challenges and decided to return, leading me to AGCP.

At AGCP, I became our Chief Operating Officer and helped steer the company’s expansion from a small team to a robust workforce of over 100 employees. In this role, I’ve had the privilege of serving many clients, using my expertise to drive growth and success for our organization and those we serve.

Did you have memorable female leaders who uplifted and included you in your career? How did they do it?

I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with some remarkable female leaders throughout my career. However, three women leaders had a significant and memorable impact on me while working at Microsoft. They piloted a leadership program for the company and invited me to participate. The experience was truly life-changing.

After they left Microsoft, Cyndee, Jen, and Julie started their own coaching business, Empower Coaching. Cyndee Kraiger’s mentorship taught me that my introversion was my superpower. Jen Molloy set an amazing example of how a powerful woman shows up in the workplace – confident, compassionate, and unapologetically true to herself. Fun fact: Jen helped our firm build its Mission, Vision, and Values nearly ten years ago, and they still stand today!

Julie Schaller, who has since branched off on her own with Career Growth Coaching, has continued to play an instrumental role in my personal and career growth over the past 15 years. She has helped me navigate professional decisions, capitalize on my strengths, and taught me how to show up as the best version of myself. The many ways Julie has helped shape me into who I am today are too numerous to count.

How do you pay it forward and uplift other women in consulting?

I’m honored to serve as a mentor for our employees at AGCP. I’m passionate about acknowledging and addressing the challenges that women face in their client roles and positions. As a woman, I understand firsthand what it’s like to be undervalued in a role due to gender bias. As a mentor, I strive to create a safe and welcoming space where people can share their experiences and seek advice and support. I help empower others in their professional endeavors and create avenues to support their growth at our firm.

 

BRIE GREEN, DIRECTOR OF SALES OPERATIONS

What do you do for fun outside of consulting?

I love spending time with my young daughter and the rest of our family. Apart from our family time, I enjoy cooking and staying active. Recently, I’ve started exploring running as a new activity and I’m embracing the challenge. I also love traveling and hope to instill the same in my daughter!

What was your consulting career progression like?

I started working at KPMG as an intern while studying at the University of Washington. After graduating, I was offered a full-time position in IT Risk Advisory. My main responsibilities included conducting audits for companies on their IT processes and helping them set up their IT environment controls. I worked with a diverse range of companies and had the opportunity to travel frequently while learning about IT infrastructure.

After a few years, I decided to move to New York and take on a new role in CIO Advisory at KPMG. During my time in New York, I gained valuable experience in various areas such as digital transformation, IT program management, and Salesforce transformation.

Towards the end of my tenure at KPMG, I helped lead a program with over 300 people, where we focused on teaching teams how to sell as a firm rather than selling individually. After completing the project, I moved back to Seattle and started working at AGCP as a Senior Manager and Chief of Staff on a client project.

Did you have memorable female leaders who uplifted and included you in your career? How did they do it?

Two female leaders who have helped guide me in my career come to mind. I once worked with a female director at KPMG and asked her how I could stand out and be successful in consulting. Her advice was to never apologize unnecessarily and to rate myself highly on my evaluations. It’s common for women to use the word “sorry” too much and to rate themselves lower than their male counterparts. However, you’re more likely to rise through the ranks if you rate yourself higher. This advice was beneficial in my career.

While working in New York, I continuously raised my hand to own more, hoping to be recognized by leadership and get promoted. A female leader at the firm saw my good intentions and took a chance on me by giving me a leadership position within her cloud transformation workstream. Her guidance and confidence helped me successfully lead projects and ultimately won me that promotion.

How do you pay it forward and uplift other women in consulting?

I want to empower women to advocate for themselves with confidence. To illustrate, I’ve mentored several female junior consultants who were both nervous about requesting promotions. They believed they were not ready yet and had not demonstrated enough success. However, as their mentor, I could see that their performances and track records showed the exact opposite. I shared with them the advice I received long ago: don’t be afraid to rate yourself highly and recognize your worth, especially if you have the data to back it up. I wasn’t surprised when both of them were promoted, and I could see that it had a lasting impact on their self-perception and confidence in the workplace.

Thank you both for sharing your stories. We appreciate your leadership at AGCP.


At AG Consulting Partners, we believe in taking care of our people first to enable them to bring their best to every client project. Our employees embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and embody our core values: transparency, stewardship, and intention. Founded in 2009, and headquartered in the Greater Seattle area, AG Consulting Partners is recognized as one of Inc 5000 and Puget Sound Business Journal’s fastest growing private companies.

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