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West Monroe is a progressive business and technology consulting firm that partners with dynamic organizations to reimagine, build, and operate their businesses at peak performance. Our team of more than 800 professionals is comprised of an uncommon blend of business consultants and deep technologists. This unique combination of expertise enables us to design, develop, implement, and run strategic business and technology solutions that yield a dramatic commercial impact on our clients’ profitability and performance.

Highlights from West Monroe Partners

  • Meet a Fairygodboss at West Monroe Partners

    Name

    Jodi Bednar

    Position

    Senior Manager, Energy & Utilities Chicago

    Jodi Bednar is a seasoned executive and consultant with a strong blend of business and technical acumen that enables her to deliver value for clients at any stage of transformation—from technology evaluation to network planning and design to implementation to operations management and ongoing network management.

    Jodi is an accomplished program and project leader with an extensive track record for successful transformation, including planning and deployment of complex networks. For example, she set up a project management office to oversee all aspects of a five-year strategic initiative to replace analog circuits for a large investor-owned utility. She worked with the client to establish the annual budget, operational steering committee, and program management office. She now manages the various work streams to ensure adherence with scope, schedules, and budgets.

    Jodi’s technical expertise includes extensive knowledge of both wired and wireless solutions. In particular, she has strong background in wired and wireless IP backhaul, licensed and sub-6 GHz microwave, and licensed and unlicensed point-to-multipoint and meshing technologies. She balances her technical perspective with broad industry experience in business process optimization, financial planning and budgeting, cost reduction and operational review, customer support, and sales management and optimization.

    Over the course of her career, Jodi has worked with an array of wireless communications companies (mobile and fixed), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), Internet service providers, manufacturing and technology organizations, and state and local government entities. She also has extensive experience with smart grid and smart city programs.

    Jodi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry Institute of Technology.

    When she is not busy with work, Jodi contributes as a volunteer to Chicago Cares and Food Tent.
  • Meet a Fairygodboss at West Monroe Partners

    Name

    Cindy Garrett

    Position

    Director, Customer Experience Chicago

    Cindy is an innovative, customer-focused operations executive with extensive contact center experience and a unique blend of business consulting and deep technology expertise.  She is skilled at driving change, developing competitive differentiation, and implementing cost-effective solutions while enhancing customer experience.  Over the course of her career, Cindy has held executive positions in administration, operations, and customer experience. Her professional achievements include leading large business and IT transformation efforts, optimizing customer experience, and developing and executing call center strategy.

    Cindy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Masters of Telecommunications degree from the University of Denver. She completed the American Health Insurance Plan’s Executive Leadership Program and earned the distinction of Certified Health Insurance Executive.

What Women Should Know about Working At West Monroe Partners

Our business consultants are driven by opportunities to contribute to your commercial success. We partner with you to help generate revenue, reduce costs and transform your thinking, operations, and capabilities. We are at our best when your objectives demand tightly managed efforts that make direct progress toward clear business purposes.

We are also deep technical experts. We are dedicated to building solutions that address the toughest technology and business challenges. We don't hawk laundry lists of technologies.  We prefer you measure our work on its significance—the impact we have on your business and the value we create.

Our teams are not siloed by skill-set, and more often than not, at the individual level we possess the right balance of business acumen and technical experts to drive change and produce real results.  Our multidisciplinary teams are highly skilled, work fluidly across diverse industries, requirements and technologies, and show early results in an iterative manner.  

We thrive in high pressure, high stakes environments and own the outcomes of our work.

Gender diversity statistics

  • Women in workforce 29%
  • Women holding senior management 19%
  • Women directors on board 17%

Programs, initiatives, groups

  • Unconscious bias training Yes
  • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting Yes

Flexible working

  • Remote working No
  • Part-time working No

Parental Leave

  • Paid maternity leave Yes, 6 weeks
  • Paid paternity leave Yes, 2 weeks
  • Adoptive paid leave Yes

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