Kx Advisors Spotlight: Dr. Matt Powers
Strictly Scientist to Star Consultant
Matt Powers, Kx Consultant, has always been fascinated by science. From teaching himself AP Biology in high school to spending his college years over a microscope, his intellectual curiosity is insatiable. Matt majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry during his time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After attaining his Bachelor of Science, he earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Georgia, focused on bacterial cell envelopes and antibiotic resistance
Matt’s desire to apply his scientific skillset to strategy work led him to Kx Advisors. At Kx, he’s able to leverage his expertise, working with our pharmaceutical clients on projects that call for deep understanding. Building upon on his doctorate work, Matt enjoys marrying his scientific skill with his growing business acumen to provide innovative solutions for clients.
Mixing Science and Business
One of Matt’s favorite things about Kx is working in an environment of diverse perspectives, whether collaborating with fellow Kx-perts or guiding clients. Along with most transitions in life, moving from academia to the business world comes with its own challenges. While Matt experienced a major shift in work speed when onboarding the team, he says, he’s “thankful to have had the support of seasoned consultants and leadership to help adapt to the fast-paced environment.”
Outside the office, Matt can be found putting his quick-thinking and strategy skills through a different kind of test— video game streaming. When he takes a step away from behind the computer screen, you can typically expect to find him spending time with his beloved dogs.
Interested in Healthcare Strategy Consulting?
Matt encourages those looking to get into healthcare consulting to take challenges in stride and work to understand the industry from a holistic perspective. He emphasizes that there will be a learning curve no matter what background you come from, and one must recognize there’s a lot to learn from others in the room. Have questions about our work or careers at Kx? Get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Kx Advisors Spotlight: Hays Bynum
Health Policy to Healthcare Business Strategy
Healthcare has always been part of Kx Advisors Consultant Hays Bynum’s life. With a parent in the medical field, healthcare was a frequent conversation topic at the dinner table. When the Affordable Care Act was enacted, Hays felt called to make a positive difference in the healthcare industry through policy.
After completing her Bachelor’s in Public Policy and a disciplinary degree in Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt University, Hays worked in corporate strategy for a healthcare and insurance company. This role ignited her interest in the business side of healthcare, leading her to pursue a role with Kx. She quickly felt at home in consulting, and once she solidified foundational skills, she was ready to try new project types, from mapping patient journeys to modeling pricing changes. Citing the varied set of project material as one of the highlights of her career with Kx, Hays says, “I was looking for something more rigorous, fast-paced, and diverse. Luckily, I found that with Kx.”
Opportunities to Shine With Kx
One of Hays’ favorite elements of being part of the Kx team is working directly with clients and senior leadership. She is able to do the hands-on work she enjoys, such as surveying and data analysis, and presenting her findings. In addition to the technical work that comes with being a consultant, Hays also appreciates having access to mentors and getting to mentor junior staff. She finds it particularly fulfilling to help new hires acclimate to Kx. One way Hays contributes to Kx’s culture is by being part of several committees, as well as leading Kx’s Charitable Giving Committee. Philanthropy has always been close to Hays’ heart and she spends time volunteering with National Children’s Hospital.
Outside of the office, Hays can be found running on the trails around Washington, DC, or indulging in her favorite snack—Girl Scout cookies. When Hays isn’t supporting young girls in business, she’s brushing up her healthcare knowledge and cooking new recipes.
Interested in Healthcare Strategy Consulting?
Hays encourages those looking to get into healthcare consulting to prioritize the questions that need to be solved. Consultants are naturally curious and interested in understanding the nuances of each challenge. However, focusing on answering the specific question the client is asking can make projects more manageable. Have questions about our work or careers at Kx? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kx Advisors Spotlight: Chris Waybill
A Career in Hands-On Strategy
Chris Waybill, Kx Advisors Principal, loves diving into the weeds of problems to build actionable solutions and lead by example. From building his own fireworks (and subsequently fire-resistant storm drains) as a child to studying mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University, Chris’ passion for hands-on problem-solving has always been clear. After graduation, he worked as a project engineer at an on-site power plant for a hospital impacted by Hurricane Sandy. His time in the field became a building block in his understanding of business operations and project management. Like many Kx teammates, Chris found himself ready for a career pivot into something more fast-paced and growth-oriented and set out to join a strategy consulting firm.
Professional Development With Kx
Chris joined Kaiser Associates as an Associate Consultant, working on projects across several practice areas. He quickly uncovered a passion for using his quantitative skillset to unearth deeper, more tangible results for healthcare clients. Combined with a newfound interest in developing strategic frameworks to structure highly ambiguous problems, he was a natural fit to align with Kx Advisors. Now a Principal, Chris works directly with clients and drives business development through the leadership team. Chris says he “truly values the opportunity to be a partner rather than just a vendor for our clients.” The positive impact of Kx’s recommendations for our clients feeds into Chris’ hands-on approach and is one of the driving forces that excites him to come to work every day.
When Chris isn’t working on healthcare projects from Boston, he can be found recording songs for Spotify, singing backup for famous singers like Hugh Jackman, or enjoying extra time with his favorite healthcare professional: his fiancée.
Interested in Healthcare Strategy Consulting?
Chris emphasizes that much of consulting is telling a story, but with compelling and contextualized data. For those looking to launch a career in consulting, he advises they “strive to become natural subject matter experts” by reading vigorously, subscribing to industry publications and newsletters, engaging in dialogue with thought leaders, or even writing their own blogs. Have questions about our work? Get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Kx Advisors Spotlight: Evelyn Tee
Turning Inspiration Into Action
The healthcare field attracts those eager to help others. Evelyn Tee, Kx Advisors Vice President, is no exception. Inspired by the medical team that cared for her grandmother and the holistic impact of quality healthcare, Evelyn decided to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.
A natural problem solver with a mind wired for strategic analysis, Evelyn zeroed-in on the business side of healthcare. She earned an MBA in Operations and Marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after completing her BA in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences (MMSS), Economics, and International Studies from Northwestern University.
Exceptional Interpersonal Relations With Kx
Once she was an established healthcare consultant with a large firm, she set her sights on making a shift to a mid-size firm as she enjoyed the close team bonds that come from working with smaller project team sizes. Evelyn is especially passionate about women succeeding in the workplace and launched Women@Kx. Women@Kx is a chance to have an open dialogue and space for female employees to address issues that may be gender-specific or just talk about topics that pertain to women, such as being a working mom.
Outside of the office, Evelyn can be found training in Krav Maga, a military self-defense training system. As a frequent traveler, Evelyn likes embracing adventures of life at every turn. When she isn’t traveling, taking care of her three children, or training in the martial arts, she enjoys working in our DC office.
Interested In Healthcare Strategy Consulting?
Evelyn encourages those looking to get into healthcare consulting to take a people-centric approach to interviewing. Many firms have intelligent people, but she particularly aligns with Kx’s value of bringing your most authentic self to work. Evelyn says, “everyone comes to the table as equals” and it is the people she works with, Kx-ers, teammates, and clients, that that makes her most excited to come to work every day. While there will be a learning curve, especially the first year of consulting, picking the right people and mentors to guide you will make all the difference. Have questions about our work? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kx Advisors Spotlight: Brett Larson
From Chemistry To Healthcare Consulting
What do chemistry students and strategy consultants have in common? Those interested in either field solve problems by analyzing both the big picture and the small details. Brett Larson, Kx Advisors Principal, is a prime example of the overlap between the disciplines. After pursuing his Bachelor’s in Chemistry at Amherst College, he delved into medical research, helping establish a trauma physiology research lab at the University of Vermont and presenting his findings alongside medical doctors. He launched his career on his deep analytical skillset and interest in strategy. Like many of his Kx colleagues, Brett Larson shifted his interests from the clinical to the business side of the healthcare industry.
Delivering First-Class Strategy with Kx
As a strategy consultant and researcher in the healthcare industry, Brett was ready for a career move that would both utilize his critical-thinking approach and build upon his strong managerial skills. His work at Kx supporting pharma and medical device clients requires him to draw from his inquisitive background. Brett turns market findings into actionable recommendations for clients and drives success as a leader within the firm. Brett says, “Mentoring junior consultants is highly motivating and fulfilling. My goal is always to share my knowledge and approach to problem-solving. I want to make sure my teammates have space to work through their own unique process to solve our client’s business challenges.”
Outside of the office, Brett, an avid skier, can be found hitting the slopes. He also spends time volunteering through a local homeless services organization and serves on their Board of Directors. When he isn’t traveling, he enjoys working in our Boston office or teleworking with his two favorite officemates: his black labs!
Interested In Healthcare Strategy Consulting?
Brett encourages those looking to get into healthcare consulting to weigh as much value on the corporate culture as much as the specific role. Many healthcare consulting companies will have access to data sets and resources, but Brett believes that Kx Advisors’ people are what makes our healthcare consulting firm exceptional, saying, “Having colleagues you can count on through challenges and inspire you to push your intellect will make all the difference.” Have questions about our work? Get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Kx Advisors Spotlight: Jenna Riffell
The Journey from Patient to Healthcare Thought Leader
Some people find their interest in healthcare and science by reading books or watching documentaries. Dr. Jenna Riffell, Kx Vice President, had a hands-on experience that sparked her passion. At fourteen, doctors discovered that she had a detached retina—a medical condition that is rare in young people and can lead to blindness. She was immediately attracted to the complexities of healthcare and the impact it can have on patients’ lives.
She studied Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia, graduating with combined honors. Jenna continued on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a focus on cancer drug development. In Jenna’s postdoctoral fellowship, she partnered with a pharma company at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital. There, Jenna developed an interest in translating research innovation into patient care.
Transitioning to Healthcare Growth Strategy with Kx
As a natural problem-solver with a knack for strategy, consulting was a strong fit for Jenna. When asked why she joined Kx, Jenna says, “working at a boutique consulting firm allows me to see the impact I make, both for my clients and internally. Contributing to my clients’ successes is what makes me most excited to come to work each day.” Additionally, Kx utilizes her project management skills and scientific background, especially her expertise in experimental data and drug development. Jenna brings her expertise to both client work and thought leadership, including Kx’s annual Hot Indications paper focused on pharma R&D trends. Jenna’s creativity, analytical rigor, and communication skills make her an enormously valued employee and partner for our clients.
As a leader of the transatlantic team, Jenna emphasizes the impact of Kx’s culture, both in London and virtually. She mentions that one of the best things about Kx is that “working with such a close-knit team that challenges me and encourages me to deliver my best.” She currently enjoys seeing more of her international colleagues’ faces on video in 2020 and spending more of her downtime practicing classical piano.
Interested In Healthcare Consulting?
Jenna encourages fellow academics interested in consulting to be prepared for a learning curve. As she transitioned into the field, Kx’s value on individual contributions empowered Jenna to share her innovative ideas. Jenna enjoys the entrepreneurial spirit fostered by Kx and the ability to make a difference in our clients’ healthcare projects. Have questions about our work? Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.