Mercer's Cindy Gentry chosen as a 2018 Woman Leader in Consulting

26 October 2018

Mercer Senior Partner and Client Manager Cindy Gentry was among those honored in this year’s edition of Consulting magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting, being chosen in the category of Excellence in Client Service. The annual award recognizes the top female executives that have made a significant impact in the consulting industry.

Based in Mercer’s San Francisco office, Gentry has racked up more than 30 years of consulting experience in the areas of client-focused human resources and process improvement. In almost 17 years with Mercer, Gentry has led numerous international retirement and benefits projects, working with large multinational healthcare and tech companies. She has further experience in the areas of executive compensation, HR transformation, investment consulting, talent management, and mergers & acquisitions, among others.

Before joining Mercer, Gentry was President of healthcare consulting firm eHealth Concepts for two years. Prior to that, she spent seven years as a Vice President in the Labor & Trust division of health insurance company Health Net, and six years as a Director of Sales at Blue Shield of California. Gentry started her career as a consultant in the healthcare practice of KPMG. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.Mercer's Cindy Gentry chosen as a 2018 Woman Leader in ConsultingIn addition to being honored as one of Consulting magazine’s 2018 Women Leaders in Consulting, Gentry was previously named one of Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching. Gentry has also served as lead advisor on Mercer’s research on gender diversity in the workplace – ‘When Women Thrive.’

"We are thrilled that Cindy has been recognized with this award," said Julio Portalatin, Mercer President and CEO. "Cindy has made a significant impact in strengthening Mercer’s business by consistently delivering innovative and superior solutions to clients. This award is well-deserved and we congratulate Cindy for her many achievements.”

Mercer’s West Market CEO Macaire Pace added, “Cindy’s singular focus on her clients drives her deep commitment to service excellence. She is a role model at Mercer, a joy to work with, and an inspiration to everyone in the consulting profession.”

Other consultants honored in the Client Service category at this year’s awards include: Jodi Bednar, Director, West Monroe Partners; Jessica Jarvis, Principal, ZS; and Pam McDonald, Principal, Impact Advisors. Meanwhile, BCG’s Chief Financial Officer, Debbie Simpson, will be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award.

The awards for the 2018 Women Leaders in Consulting will be given out at the 12th annual gala awards dinner at The Palace in New York City on November 8th.


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Liberty Advisor Group named a 2019 Best Place to Work in Chicago

19 April 2019

Management consultancy Liberty Advisor Group was among the companies named to the 2019 Best Places to Work in Chicago. The ranking was published by Crain’s Chicago Business and administered by Best Companies Group.

Based in Chicago, Liberty provides consulting services in the areas of business and technology strategy, mergers and acquisitions, transformation and assurance, business threat intelligence, and data and analytics. Founded in 2008, the company has worked on over 300 M&A deals and delivered over $1 billion in operating income improvement. Liberty’s diverse clientele has included Fortune 500 companies and major oil & gas and manufacturing firms.

The firm’s lean team of 63 strategists, technologists, and entrepreneurs ultimately focus on helping organizations accelerate growth, drive operational efficiency, and reduce risk.Liberty Advisor Group named a 2019 Best Place to Work in ChicagoThe boutique consultancy has now been named one the Best Places to Work in Chicago, reaching number 68 in the rankings. To build the 100-company ranking, Best Companies Group first evaluated each company’s policies, practices, and demographics, and then analyzed employee surveys reflecting workplace experiences and attitudes. Over 14,000 Chicago-area employees responded to the survey.

"This recognition further confirms that Liberty Advisor Group truly is an excellent place to work, with our unique team of senior, results-focused consultants working to solve clients' toughest business and IT problems," Jay Norman, CEO, Liberty Advisor Group, said. "Thanks to Crain's Chicago Business for this honor, and to everyone at Liberty for exemplifying our core values of inquiry, resolve, candor, integrity, courage, community and entrepreneurship."

Boutique staffing companies Engtal and City Staffing topped the list, coming in first and second place, respectively. Other consulting firms that made the grade were Burwood Group (#5), 10th Magnitude (#9), Pariveda Solutions (#13), Integrated Project Management (#16), West Monroe Partners (#24), and Accenture (#38).

Among its other achievements, Liberty is also a Great Place to Work-Certified organization, and was named the #35 Fastest Growing Firm by Consulting Magazine in 2018 – achieving a 112% growth rate between 2014 and 2017.