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Living the Dream - Matt Bartlett

Master of Business AdministrationMatt Skiing
May 2012

Sourcing Associate
A.T. Kearney Procurement & Analytic Solutions
Chicago, Illinois

Promoted to the associate level after 18 months at A.T. Kearney

Why did you choose the Krannert School of Management and Purdue University?
 In high school I loved math and science, but I also really enjoyed business. Krannert offered a nice blend of business strategy with an analytical approach to support decisions. I’ve found it to be very helpful in today’s business world – most decisions are driven by the numbers and underlying analysis.

Describe some of the people, courses, or experiences at Krannert that led to your success.
The people at Krannert and Purdue are what have gotten me where I am today. Mentors that I had from my freshman year on through my MBA, team members that I worked alongside, professors that made it a point to go beyond just lecturing on a topic, administrators and staff that offered me incredible opportunities to travel and meet thought leaders in today’s world – they all contributed to my development as a business professional.

There are not any courses in particular that I would point to, but the overall curriculum really helped to stretch my way of thinking and piece the puzzles of a business together. I felt the way professors taught the courses required critical thinking and problem solving in ways that are directly applicable to the real world and not just the sterile world of academia.

Case competitions are what really helped me identify consulting as the type of work I should get into. They gave me the ultimate opportunity to apply the constructs from class to real situations and scenarios facing businesses every day. These competitions gave me the opportunity to work in stressful, time-sensitive situations, think critically and strategize within a small team, and present information to large groups. All of this gave me the confidence that I could succeed in my current role as a consultant at A.T. Kearney.

When you think about Krannert and Purdue, what are the things that make it meaningful to you?
The friends I made along the way at Purdue. The people I met at Purdue have come to be my closest friends and have had the greatest impact on who I am today. The connections I made at Purdue have made it a very special place for me. 

What’s your favorite memory from your time as a Krannert/Purdue student?
Some of my fondest memories from Purdue happened at Harry’s. No denying it – it’s a Purdue staple, and many of the stories my friends share today all start with the sentence, “Remember that one night at Harry’s…”

Looking back at your days at Purdue, what might you do differently?
I’d have done more fountain runs. Such a fun tradition, and I only took advantage of it a handful of times. There are only so many times in your adult life where you can run fully-clothed through a fountain in the middle of the day and have people thinking “that’s awesome.”

What do you do outside of work to make an impact on society?
Since moving to Chicago I’ve joined Minds Matter, a non-profit organization helping underprivileged students go to college. I also participate in group charity events, including cooking at the Ronald McDonald House and packaging food at the Greater Chicago Food Repository.

I also give back to Purdue as a donor and member of President’s Council, as well as a Board Member for the Krannert School Alumni Association (KSAA).

How has your Krannert experience helped you make an impact on the world?
On the entire world? That remains to be seen. I do believe, though, that the mentoring I received through my years at Purdue has given me the “bug” to mentor and support others. In that way, I’d like to believe I’ve had an impact on some people’s lives by providing them guidance and support. I’ve joined the KSAA Board and President’s Council as an alum, and I continue to guide and mentor Purdue students, former classmates, and colleagues at A.T. Kearney.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I was part of a four-person team that traveled to Germany and won an international case competition where we competed against 23 teams representing over 30 nationalities. It was an incredible experience to represent Purdue at such an international event and showcase our capabilities on a global stage. Working with such a great group of guys in that environment – and winning – was a great achievement I won’t forget.