Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Consulting

La Follette professor Susan Yackee and MPA student Sam Matteson got a firsthand look at the process of building a public university from scratch during a weeklong trip to Kazakhstan in October.

Consulting in the public sector is the topic of a seminar on Friday, October 10, at noon in the school conference room. Phil Kangas, a partner with consulting firm Grant Thornton LLP, will speak about career opportunities.

Sam Matteson came to policy analysis by way of studying music at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and then transferring to the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point to earn his degree in psychology.

For Scott Wood, graduate school has been about opportunities — and making the most of them. In doing so, the second-year La Follette School student has become an expert on Wisconsin's economy and employment prospects, and on domestic violence conviction rates in Milwaukee.

Based on the number of business cards swapped, hands shaken and questions asked, the first "La Follette in D.C." program was an outstanding success in bringing students to the U.S. capital to meet alumni and employers.
September 10, 2012

Gates manages risks

La Follette School alum Robin Gates sees his career as a management consultant—and life in general—as a series of calculated risks, leading to the reward of making a difference through public service. Taking risks and continuing to improve are vital, Gates says.

"Policy and a Pint," the La Follette School of Public Affairs after-work speaker and networking series, is set to kick off Thursday, September 13, at Brocach, 7 West Main Street in Madison, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Jan O'Neill has returned to the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus 25 years after she graduated from the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs. The longtime quality improvement consultant and 1986 alum joined the Population Health Institute in August as a community engagement specialist.

A few years out of college, Bickey Rimal found his professional interests shifting from chemistry to public policy, and he decided to pursue formal training at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

The 1989 grad is back in the public sector after an eight-year stint in the private sector leading the Future of Child Welfare Initiative as a senior policy advisor to the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. He started in the position in June 2010.

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