Michael Riley '17 started his college career proving himself on the diamond as a baseball recruit at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. However, after experiencing recurring injuries, he pursued a new challenge and began to explore his interest in business and problem solving.
He interviewed professionals in fields like investment banking, wealth management, and management consulting and figured out that consulting peaked his interest the most. He reached out to two WCS alumni, Danny Reyes ’11 and Kevin Rodriguez ’16, who both work for Boston Consulting Group and they gave him honest perspectives on the industry and life as a consultant. "I began looking for students and faculty at my university that could help me accomplish my new 'Major League Dream' of working for one of the top consultancies in the world," said Riley, "but unfortunately there was a very small consulting presence at my university."
Realizing there was a gap that he could help fill, he decided to establish "Seton Hall Consulting Group," the first-ever consulting club on campus. The club had three main objectives: to develop students by introducing them to careers in consulting and to teach them how to successfully navigate the interview process; to connect Seton Hall students and consulting firms through information sessions, competitions, and networking events; and to make a social impact through pro bono consulting projects.
To help achieve the club's goals, he also started a chapter for Consult Your Community (consultyourcommunity.org), a national nonprofit organization with chapters at more than 20 universities like Columbia, Cornell, and UC Berkeley, to provide pro bono consulting services to small businesses and nonprofits in the community. So far, the chapter has secured three projects for next semester including two restaurants and a nonprofit organization. These projects will allow Michael and the team members to experience hands-on consulting work while making an impact in the lives of small business owners in the community.
"It has been incredible to see how much my life has changed, but I am excited to see where it will lead me," said Riley '17. "This summer, I will be interning at at PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) in New York. It is amazing to see what happens when you let go, trust God, and let him carry out his plan in your life."