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Lunchtime Sessions: Your next gig, Relationships vs Platforms

September 28, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunchtime Sessions: Finding your next gig, Relationships vs Platforms
Monday 28 September 12:30 – 13:45


Join fellow INSEAD alumni to share ideas, tactics and strategies on how to enjoy the benefits of our gig economy. Riding out the highs and the lows of the gig economy are key to coping, surviving and thriving. The lively discussion should be valuable to alumni seeking to build a work portfolio of consulting gigs, freelancing, and interim management.


Hear from James O’Day, an ex-BCG consultant, and who has been an independent consultant for the past few years. James will share his story, his approach to finding clients, building relationships and his experience on using platforms, with some advice on strategies for finding your next gig.


James O’Day (MBA 09D) is currently an independent consultant and an advisor to two ophthalmic health-tech startups based in Melbourne. In his independent consulting work, he often works with venture- or PE-backed companies helping them on new strategic/operating plans or new market entry and with a digital transformation focus.


Previously, James was Co-founder and COO of a London-based digital content marketing business, following eight years with BCG in Melbourne and London. During his time with BCG he undertook a secondment with Intuit in Silicon Valley and did his MBA at INSEAD in 2009.


Moderator: Rahima Valji (MBA 03D) has launched new products, businesses and innovation programmes across three continents as a strategic growth and innovation advisor to CEOs and leadership teams. She focuses on helping corporates and scaleups grow, through innovation, scaling and international expansion and by building strategic partnerships and relationships. She spent a recent gap year eating and cooking her way around the world, ending up as a guest chef in an Italian restaurant in Mozambique feeding CEOs, ambassadors and Italians! All of them are still alive.


About Lunchtime Sessions:
Launched in June 2020, the lunchtime sessions are a monthly forum for freelancers, independent consultants and job seekers to connect, exchange ideas, and support one another. What better sounding board than a fellow INSEAD alum? Sessions will generally have a speaker, followed by ample time for cross-promotion networking in small breakout groups to facilitate connection and conversation. Join us as a participant, speaker or moderator!


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