Managing Consultant Susan Potter speaks at MBA Leaders Breakfast

February 09, 2011

Susan Potter is in the human resources and corporate talent business, and Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, she spoke to an interested group of Georgetown University graduate students at the McDonough School of Business Leaders Breakfast.

The Towers Watson executive extended advice to 15 Georgetown MBA and undergraduate students regarding employment opportunities, the how-to’s of consulting, and why she continues to enjoy working with some of Washington, D.C.’s top firms and companies.

“I  love consulting because of the variety; I don’t think I’ve done the same project twice,”  Potter said during the hour-long presentation, which included a 40-minute question-and-answer session. “A same project is never the same project.”

As a managing consultant at Towers Watson, she told the breakfast group about her career and challenged those attending to utilize their full capacities for learning.

“One of the most interesting things about being a managing consultant in our office is that you really are an HR person,” Potter said about an essential part of her job description that also includes forming teams to assist Towers Watson clients. “Half my job is dealing with people with people issues.  We have 250 people in our office, so we get a lot of people issues.

“Seventy percent of your learning is going to be on the job, but you will also pull pieces of learning from all your classes,” Potter added about acquiring knowledge after the classroom. “Your skills will grow over time, and it is important to challenge yourself. Learning is a day-to-day process.”