Episode 77: Going Independent After Consulting at Big Firms—with Will Bachman 

In this Craft of Consulting podcast episode, I interview Will Bachman, co-founder and Managing Partner of Umbrex, a global community connecting top-tier independent management consultants with one another. As a former McKinsey alum, Will was named one of the “38 Power Players of Consulting” by Business Insider and is the host of the podcast Unleashed – How to Thrive as an Independent Professional.  

In this episode, he shares what Umbrex does and how it helps independent management consultants.  



Will Bachman

Will Bachman shares ways that Umbex benefits independent management consultants. In this podcast, we talk about: 

  • Leaving McKinsey to become an independent consultant 

  • Connecting independent professionals with one another through Umbrex 

  • Hosting professional development and social
    events for consultants 

  • Serving clients by helping them find the right independent management consultants for their projects  

  • Offering senior executive or other company leaders a community called Veritux 

  • Understanding the challenges new consultants face  

  • Rebuilding stale skills that are critical to consulting

  • Keeping relationships alive and reaching out 

  • Building skills for getting business and fostering collaborations 

  • Recognizing the impact of COVID on consulting 

  • Innovating through products, membership services, and rates 

  • Leveraging podcasts and newsletters to build consulting businesses 

  • Finding out something new every week as a good way to stay top-of-mind for clients and to keep learning  


More about Will: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willbachman/ 


More about Umbrex: https://www.umbrex.com 


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