In reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19, Movemeon developed an initiative titled ‘Consultants Against COVID-19‘. This initiative comprises of 400+ highly skilled consultants and ex-consultants willing and ready to provide their services for free to support any charities, public sector and other not for profit organisations in need during the crisis. Headed up by Jack Fitch and Clare Tsangari (who are also volunteering their support for free) they are matchmaking the best skills to key roles and creating awareness through a dedicated LinkedIn channel.
40+ consultants have currently been placed with a variety of public health organisations, charities and government at the national level. This is Yevgeniy’s journey to supporting Golf In Society, a social enterprise focused on making golf accessible to more families across the UK, including the first-ever Dementia and Parkinson’s golf clubs.
Where did you start your career/where are you going?
I spent two years after my MBA as a consultant at BCG tackling cases in a wide variety of industries and topics. After BCG I spent three years at Herff Jones (a PE-owned CPG firm) creating and implementing overall strategy. Because the company was in the midst of a transformation, my role was basically whatever needed to get done. For my next role, I am looking to do Strategy & Operations in an entrepreneurial environment, with a specific focus on tech and PE portfolio companies.
What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?
All of a sudden I had a lot of free time, and I wanted to do something positive with it. I felt that my ex-consultant skills would be where I could help the most.
What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?
In many ways, it is similar to what I have done before. Golf In Society feels like a start-up that wants to grow further. My role is helping them understand their vision, and more importantly how they want to accomplish it in the future. My gain has and will be the experience of helping to create new structures, and in the long run, hopefully putting together a detailed plan.
How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?
I live in New York so the pandemic has affected both my personal and work life. Personally I lost my maternal grandfather Leonid Naymark to COVID. Professionally it has extended my search for the next opportunity, however, I view this as a positive, as I was able to truly assess where I want to go, and am now focusing on opportunities with a long-term fit.
What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?
I am doing a lot more outdoor activities. I am fortunate that there are a lot of amazing hiking trails within one hour drive of New York. Like everyone else, I have also done a bunch of virtual calls with friends all over the world. The great thing about virtual calls is you can have people on no matter where they are physically, of course, time zones do make coordinating just a bit of a challenge.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?
This is still probably a while away, but I am looking forward to getting back to travelling. I love travelling, and also have a startup called Destination Social, with a goal of creating social travel experiences. Of course, both of these things have been put on pause due to the current pandemic.
Whether you’re on the front lines of fighting the virus or not, Consultants Against COVID-19 are helping companies with full-time support down to one-off expertise. Please contact freehelp@movemeon
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