Testimonial from Ashley Hamner, MBA 2013:
“When I first committed to Daniels Consulting Firm, I recall joining because it was something that I had some experience in from my undergraduate career and it would add some continuity for my resume while I was in my MBA program. I had no idea what project I would be a part of or what sort of research I would be doing, but the anticipation of an assignment that would challenge and nurture my critical thinking, research, presentation, and problem solving skills was very exciting. We began our project in September and presented our final deliverable in November. In that time frame, I had one of the most rewarding experiences of my graduate career-and now I realize of my professional career as well. Some of the brightest, most dependable, and passionate people I had ever worked with were on my project team with DCF. Seeing how seamlessly our team worked together toward a goal to help and add value to another business was truly inspiring. We complimented each others strengths and helped develop each other in our weaknesses, which to me is an indicator of what it means to be a truly functional group. By the end of our project, not only did I posses an incredible sense of pride in our final product as well as our team but also I had received an internship offer from the company that we had consulted! Months and several other consulting projects and experiences later, I have realized that DCF has done more for me than provide a rewarding experience during my MBA program. It has played a crucial role in igniting my passion for consulting work. Due in part to my highly rewarding experience in DCF, I have decided to pursue a career in consulting with some of the top consulting firms in the country. I can’t imagine any other way to express the gratitude I feel for my DCF experience than to say it has changed the direction of my lifelong career. Without this organization, I doubt that I would have encountered my passion for consulting and the confidence in my ability to pursue it as a lifelong vocation.”
Testimonial from David Purinton, MBA 2015:
“I was recently in an interview for a local consulting firm. As soon as they started rifling off questions, I fired back answers, many of which were predicated on my classes at DU. But then they asked me this one: “Tell us about a time when you were asked to do something you weren’t prepared for.” My mind immediately went to Daniels Consulting Firm — I was asked to be a Project Manager for a spring 2013 project. I immediately ran down the list of my incompetencies in my head: “1) I’ve never lead a team of people who are smarter than me; 2) I hadn’t yet been on a DCF project so I had no idea what I was supposed to do; 3) this was a high-profile project – board members, DU faculty and other professionals would all see the deliverables. What if I screwed it all up? What if my team couldn’t come up with something good? How much was a one-way ticket to Mexico?… running away seemed like it might be an easier option.” In my interview I told them that I was asked to be a Project Manager for a Daniels Consulting Firm project, though I wasn’t sure I was up to the challenge quite yet. I told them that I took the position anyway and that I managed DU graduate students on a project serving Denver’s oldest nonprofit organization. I told them that despite my hesitancies to take on the project, I did it and that the project was a huge success.
During the DCF project, I had four meetings with two of our Daniels’ top marketing professors and now know them on a first name basis. I was further introduced to the CEO of a consulting firm who met with my team and kept in contact with me throughout the project. Our client contacts turned out to be genuine and gracious, and asked me to come to a board meeting so I could share our team’s “incredible” deliverables. And, the board turned out to be equally gracious and repeatedly told me to stay in contact. Moreover, my team members rose to the occasion. We created tangible value for our client and received invaluable contacts – and experience – as a result.”