“At Diamond, we solve complex issues for industry-leading corporations by working in small interdisciplinary teams across business, technology and operations. The great thing about EMTM is I now have all three dimensions of expertise.”
Jamie Gunsior, EMTM’06
Partner and Vice President
Diamond Management & Technology Consultants
Jamie Gunsior, EMTM’06
With an undergraduate degree in commerce and information systems from the University of Virginia, Jamie accepted a consulting position at what was then known as Price Waterhouse. Focusing on systems integration, he rose up through the ranks in the company. After several years, Jamie found himself gravitating more to technology strategy questions, but he wasn’t necessarily prepared to successfully consult with clients about the bigger issues. “At that point I knew I would have to distinguish myself from the scores of other Big 5 consultants out there with additional credentials.”
Jamie began his search looking at business and technology programs along the East Coast. He found that EMTM’s core curriculum, and its range of elective classes running the gamut across technologies, suited his goals. The commute from his home in Washington, D.C. fit logistically into his workweek and business travel schedule. What sealed the deal for Jamie was his visit to campus, when he ran into an old classmate from college who was then an EMTM student. “This was a good, trusted friend and I knew we had similar goals and ambitions. From what he said about the program I knew I was making the right choice.”
Shortly after starting the program, Jamie moved to the healthcare practice at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (formerly DiamondCluster), a consulting firm whose focus closely matches EMTM’s, and he found it was a great fit. “At Diamond, we solve complex issues for industry-leading corporations by working in small interdisciplinary teams across business, technology and operations. The great thing about EMTM is I now have all three dimensions of expertise.”
Jamie found the instruction at EMTM to be pragmatic, and he continues to apply learned skills such as statistics, decision models and game theory to his work. “Right now I’m working with the CIO at a company with a workforce of over 3,000. The goal is to match labor supply to project demand through a custom solution that involves regression and cluster analysis. These are methods that I learned at EMTM and I’m helping the company achieve savings of several million dollars per year.”
Through his EMTM peers working in healthcare Jamie gained valuable insight about the drug discovery process, intellectual property and operations in the industry that now informs his consulting work.
Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of his professors and fellow students, Jamie elected to do an independent study with two other students in preparation to launch an independent venture. The three students traveled to the Middle East and met with senior representatives from foreign governments, banks, and private equity firms. “Though we ultimately chose not to go forward with the initiative due to opportunities at our (then) current employers, it was one of the best experiences I ever had.” Jamie and his classmates still intend to pursue the project in the coming years.
Meanwhile, a year after graduating, Jamie was made partner at his firm where he now consults with C-level executives at Fortune 100 healthcare firms. “The program, and the work I did with fellow students, had a lot to do with my job change and promotion. I now get pulled into discussions across various projects because I have a very broad perspective. The value of EMTM is not just a stats class or an organization behavior class it’s about context, and how this knowledge is applied. For me, it’s been a full transformation.”