What can one say about our first Ris- ing Stars of the Profession: 35 Un- der 35? Well, as it
turns out, plenty. And we let them
do just that over the next 20 pages.
Check out their inspiring stories and
their accomplishments. Read their
quotes: What do they have to say?
More times than not, they deflect
praise and instead opt to credit those around them—their co-workers, their team, their mentors,
their clients. Since they won’t say
it, we will. The award winners, and
plenty of their colleagues in Generation Y, are eager and well educated. They know what they want,
and are not about to settle. They
don’t like the status quo; in fact,
they have no problem challenging it. They are not afraid to take
chances. They expect their jobs
to be fulfilling. They expect to be
fulfilled. If they’re not, they’ll move
on. The “work hard, play hard”
mantra was practically invented for
them. They are philanthropic; they
believe the work they do each day
should lead to more than a paycheck. In some cases, much more.
They are determined. In simplest
terms, they want to change the
world—or at least leave it in much
better shape than how they found
it. They are, in a word, redefining
the consulting profession.