Katie

Associate, Boston

Why did you choose to join Analysis Group?
When I first joined Analysis Group as an analyst, I was attracted primarily to the wide diversity of cases one could be involved in across the firm’s many practice areas. I loved that I could learn about healthcare, finance, energy, and other sectors, and that these experiences would help inform what I might want to do for the rest of my career.

After two years at the MIT Sloan School of Management, I rejoined Analysis Group as an associate because I realized that, after serving as an intern at a different company during graduate school, Analysis Group’s culture is truly unique and special. The intellectual curiosity of my colleagues, the quantitative rigor that we apply to the problems that we get to solve, and the amount of investment that Analysis Group makes in its people were all huge draws for me to return.
What types of cases do you work on?
I consider myself a true generalist in that I have had experiences in every practice area in my time as an analyst and as an associate. I love that we have the freedom to explore topics across all disciplines, as well as the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people both in Boston and across the firm's other offices. Currently I tend to do about 50% of my work in energy litigation or regulatory matters, and split the rest of my time between commercial litigation cases and non-litigation strategy work, including in sports, chemicals, energy, and healthcare.
Have you worked with any affiliates/experts? What was that experience like?
I have been fortunate to have worked very closely with several internal experts as well as several academic affiliates. I am continuously impressed that, despite their deep knowledge of their respective fields from their decades of research, so many of the affiliates that I have interacted with embrace the AG collaborative way, meaning they are willing to explain their approach and the theory behind it, and their contributions and insights are incredibly impressive. Additionally, they dig into the cases, like engaging with their AG team, and have the same integrity and standards that we have here.
Have you had any surprises or breakthroughs since joining AG?
I continue to be amazed at the diversity of problems that we are able to solve at AG. I think of myself as someone with a solid foundation in economics, and I have acquired additional learning across disciplines like energy and finance. However, when I think of the diversity of the cases that I have worked on and the variety of analytical and qualitative problems that I have faced, it’s astounding to me both what we are able to learn in a short amount of time and how that can quickly translate to solving problems for our clients.
What do you think about the firm’s collaborative culture?
It is one of the main reasons I decided to come back to Analysis Group after graduate school. There isn’t any competition among peers. Everyone from the senior partners to the newest analyst is willing to help one another. As an MBA, sometimes it’s helpful to pick an economics Ph.D.’s brain about how they would tackle a certain problem. Even people who aren’t directly involved in your project are willing to sit down with you and talk through issues at a high level. Similarly, some of our most technically gifted people are the analysts. If I run into a coding challenge or think that there is a more efficient way to do something, I can ping them and quickly get 10 replies. Our open, collaborative culture makes everyone better because we are in a natural learning environment where people are encouraged to share their good ideas.
How do you find a suitable work/life balance?
I love to play all kinds of sports. I played basketball and softball in college, and have participated on many Analysis Group sports teams, including basketball, softball, and soccer. On my own I have joined competitive women’s basketball leagues in Boston, become an avid kayaker, and run two marathons in the last couple of years. I’ve also stayed close with my basketball alums from Bates College, my undergraduate school. We recently helped to establish an endowed scholarship fund in honor of our retired basketball coach, Jim Murphy. Ironically, he was how I first became acquainted with Analysis Group. Thinking I might be a good fit with the firm, he connected me with Bruce Stangle, a Bates alumnus and former trustee, and one of the founders of Analysis Group. So in addition to having college basketball play such an influential role in my life, it also led me to my career.
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