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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Ye

Farewell Spring 2024

Welcome to YUCG’s Semester Wrapped!


Spring 2024 was an exhilarating time of growth, innovation, and impact. Here is a snapshot of our journey through the semester.


 

Updates for Spring 2024


The Organization

Established in 2010, the Yale Undergraduate Consulting Group (YUCG) is Yale’s premier student-run consulting organization, renowned for delivering top-notch insights to major global companies. Each semester, we form teams of the most driven and intellectually curious students to tackle international challenges. In Spring 2024, we achieved many new objectives through teamwork and all our members’ hard work.


Our Status

This semester YUCG gained 501(c)(3) status, a milestone that underscores our commitment to giving back and enhanced transparency. We plan on using 100% of our revenue to further member development and training to provide more elevated consulting. This new nonprofit status solidifies our commitment to completing at least one pro bono project per semester, such as our previous collaboration with the city of New Haven and our project with Habitat for Humanity this semester. This status not only enhances our credibility but also opens new avenues for funding and collaboration with other nonprofits.


Our Clients

Our Spring 2024 client portfolio was composed of nonprofits as well as Fortune 500 companies. Project highlights from the spring semester include an 80% client retention rate from Fall 2023 and a special focus on environmental consulting.


  • Total Projects: 6

  • Fortune 100 Clients: 2

  • Nonprofit Projects: 2

  • International Clients: 1


This semester, one of our teams traveled abroad to Istanbul, Turkey for a week to deliver their final presentation, marking one of the longest flights and trips YUCG has taken yet. This project, taken alongside the other projects this semester, reflects YUCG’s commitment to continuously extend our high-impact solutions to new industries and regions of the globe. Delivering our insights internationally reinforced our reputation as a dynamic and reliable consulting group, capable of addressing complex challenges and delivering excellence no matter where our projects take us. 


 

Events


Club Wide Dinner

After accepting the newest class of analysts, we said a warm welcome through a formal club-wide dinner. Members across our club came together for an evening of warmth, laughter, and delicious food. From lively conversations to shared anecdotes, the atmosphere was brimming with camaraderie and connection.



YUCG x Bain Office Visit

In April, YUCG members visited Bain & Company’s New York City office, bridging the gap between campus consulting experiences and professional practice. The visit offered a firsthand look at the inner workings of a leading consultancy firm and insights into working at Bain. We are grateful to Bain & Company for hosting and look forward to future opportunities with them.



YUCG x BCG Office Visit

In April, our team members also had the privilege of visiting Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) New York City office, providing a critical look into consulting in the real world. Gaining an up-close view of the operations at a top consultancy firm and being able to interact with those in the BCG work environment served as an exciting experience. We greatly appreciated the chance to tour their office and hope to be able to visit them again soon.



Study Breaks

Besides working hard on their cases, YUCG members also took time to attend multiple study breaks and social hours hosted this semester. With good vibes, good company, and certainly good food, we saw YUCG members get together and study for finals.



Formal

The Formal event proved to be a night of fun, offering consultants a rare opportunity to unwind and dance the night away to their favorite songs. With about 120 invites sent out, the venue was buzzing with excitement as old friends caught up and introduced new friends. It was definitely an unforgettable night for all.



 

Members


Internal Committees

This semester’s achievements would not have been possible without our five diverse internal committees, some as large as the Client Affairs team, boasting over 25 members. Most notably, the Public Affairs committee was formed, marking the expansion of the capacities of the administration of the organization.


Recruitment

We welcomed 15 new analysts to YUCG this semester. Our 68 active members have diverse backgrounds and experiences, representing 35 unique majors and certificates and 13 countries. We hope to continue adding to this vibrant community and are excited to see how our new analysts continue contributing to the organization in future semesters.


Senior Send-Off

This spring, we said goodbye to seven seniors who have been integral to YUCG’s success:


  • Alan Gao, SP ’20

  • Amelie Lo, SP ’22

  • David Jiang, FA ’19

  • Howard Li, FA ’19

  • Johannes Kretzler, SP ’21

  • Mai Chen, FA ’21

  • Matthew Chen, FA ’21


We also had a special send-off for Ryan Kim, FA ’23, who will be serving in the military. His dedication and contributions have left a lasting impact, and we are excited to welcome him back soon!


 

Looking Ahead

For next semester, we have exciting collaborations lined up with industry leaders, and we hope to continue building on our successes to make a bigger impact. Follow us on Instagram @yucgyale to stay updated on the latest consulting events, application deadlines, and recruitment timelines for upcoming events and opportunities to join YUCG.


Thank you for being a part of our incredible journey. We cannot wait to see what the next semester holds!

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