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Why Fletcher and Consulting?

Fletcher and ConsultingTwo Very Similar Worlds

Professor Christopher (Rusty) Tunnard, instructor of the Global Consulting Program, discusses the two important traits that all consultants and Fletcher students share.


Here's what some of our alumni have to say about the consulting program:

"This course is learning by doing."

"Fun course and very different from any of the other ones at Fletcher since it is so hands-on."

Real-World Experience

How does the Fletcher consulting course differentiate itself from other consulting programs?


Here's what some of our alumni have to say about the real-world experience gained from the program:

"THE real-life course at Fletcher."

"The course provides students with real-world experience which is very valuable when applying for jobs."

"This is not really a course but a job, in that all your work is practical (as opposed to academic). It reflects a realistic consulting project experience, which is the best way to learn about the field."

Due to the real-world approach of the course, student consultants often have the exciting opportunity to travel for their projects. These site visits and face-to-face meetings yield positive benefits to both student consultants and project sponsors. 

Fletcher students Jane Phelan and Lauren Liecau visiting the local tourism board in Riveria Maya, Mexico Fletcher students Hannah Schiff and Jeff Eisenbraun in Tanzania, meeting with Business Connexion to discuss innovations in mobile payments technology.  

Students from the 2012 teams traveled on behalf of their sponsors to Kazakhstan, Tanzania, Panama, Guatemala & Mexico!

Consulting Skills
How does the Fletcher consulting course help students learn real skills? 

Here's what some of our alumni have to say about learning real skills in the consulting course:

"This course provided the opportunity to practice very valuable business related skills."

"This was an excellent course that really taught me a number of new skills including teamwork, constructing a really good PowerPoint presentation, working with a client, and constructing a compelling storyline. I would strongly recommend this course to other students. It's one thing to propose ideas in an academic paper; it's quite another to try to get your ideas used by a real client."

"Great preparation class for future consultants. Actual project with a client is an irreplaceable experience for Fletcher students. Rusty [Tunnard] puts a great deal of effort into providing feedback on presentations, and truly puts his heart and soul into the class."

Student Testimonials
Jane Phelan Fletcher School Consultant Mayakoba Consulting Project 2012 Listen to a testimonial by Jane Phelan, MALD 2013, of her experience as a student consultant for the client Mayakoba.

"The consulting course was the best course I took at Fletcher. This course was more than just a consulting class. It was a way to help students structure their thinking when you are looking at an immense problem and don't know where to start. The skills and tools that students learn in this course can be applied to such a wide array of problems and situations."

- Jane Phelan, MALD 2013

"The course was critical to setting the direction of my career. My project confirmed interest in being a strategy/management consultant and the industry where I wanted to work.  This demanding course requires nearly all of the professional skills that students arrive with and teaches critical problem solving skills that immediately undergo trial by fire.  Professor Rusty Tunnard is extremely knowledgeable, but more importantly, is an incredible and demanding coach.  He swiftly transforms in students' eyes from "Professor Tunnard" to "Rusty" on account of his deep dedication to the students and their projects.  The course is unlike any at Fletcher and concludes with students, professors, and project sponsors who are delighted with the quality and depth of work produced in just the span of a semester." 

– Lauren Gloede, MIB 2012

"Through the course, I acquired several critical skills required to be successful in the work world.  The most valuable skill I learned was an overall system to structure and logically solve problems, helping clients understand their needs and delivering actionable recommendations to support their decision-making.  This has been invaluable, especially when interacting with senior executives who benefit from clear, well thought-out and convincing deliverables."

– Lasse Eisgruber, MALD 2012

Past Projects

Featured Clients: 

  • Mayakoba, a luxury resort development in the Yucatan
  • Teshkeel Media Group, creator of 'THE 99,' Islamic-themed comic books and characters

  For Pfizer China, a Fletcher team delivered a comprehensive strategic plan to guide inclusion of one of the company’s products in China’s national public-health program. After analyzing the strategies and multi-faceted stakeholder engagement plans the company had initiated in other worldwide markets, the team developed a plan to engage all the relevant stakeholders, including a map that clearly identified those constituencies, their interconnections, and channels to reach them.
Client: China Country Manager and his team 

For our long-time client, the Fletcher consulting group has helped the Japanese multinational understand the infrastructure opportunities in frontier markets, identify key players, and recommend partnering strategies.
Client: Director and General Manager
   In 2012, the consulting group worked with Chicago Bridge and Iron, one of the world’s prominent engineering, procurement, and construction companies, to identify and prioritize investment opportunities in the Caspian Region. This is our fourth project for CB&I.
Client: VP, Sales, Global Oil & Gas

Another real-world consulting engagement was a collaboration with MasterCard Worldwide to create a strategy to foster and propel financial inclusion in developing countries. 

Client: Vice Chairman
  For the OTF Group, one of the world’s leading consultancies on competitive growth, the Fletcher consulting team developed a strategy and management plan for the construction sector in Haiti, on the heels of the country’s devastating earthquake in early 2010. The strategy formed part of the Haiti Economic Recovery & Roadmap delivered to Haiti’s Presidential Commission on Competitiveness in August 2010.
Client: Managing Director

  The Fletcher consulting team developed a distribution and sales strategy for Teshkeel Media Group, helping him expand the launch of “The 99” (Islamic-themed comic books and characters) and related products into the Islamic world.
Client: Founder & CEO 
  For the Nike Foundation and the Girl Effect, the Fletcher consulting team conducted an assessment and identification of mobile technology and other solutions to   “unleash the girl effect” in developing countries by providing girls secure access to financial assets.
Client: General Manager, Global Initiatives
Another dynamic consulting project was to advise OHL Desarollos, a leading Spanish sustainable development company, on how to position and market Mayakoba, its luxury resort development in the Yucatan, to the US travel trade. 
Client: President & VP, Operations & Marketing
  The Fletcher consulting team created an international strategic marketing plan for private-pay-patients for the international marketing arm of Partners hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital). 
Client: Director, Partners International & Corporate Manager, International Business Development