John Sibbald, an Engagement Manager based in Boston, made Consulting Magazine’s 2023 list of Rising Stars of the Profession. The Rising Stars of the Profession awards are for those aged 36 and under who are shaking up the industry in impactful ways and redefining the consulting profession.
John received the award for Rising Star in Excellence in Leadership. Ilana Hechter, Partner in the People & Organization practice, says “John’s leadership style is rooted in empathy, understanding, and a deep commitment to helping team members reach their full potential.” His focus remains on coaching others and giving them the resources and knowledge they need to be successful.
Of his biggest projects wins, John has designed and launched a new organization to improve patient quality and safety in the world’s leading health system, defined the strategy for a satellite TV company to continue profitability in a cable-cutting world, and upskilled hundreds of thousands of employees on learning to improve operating efficiency.
John is the Global Co-Lead of PrOWd, the LGBTQ+ Network at Oliver Wyman. In this role, he has focused his leadership efforts on raising awareness and driving empathy around diversity of gender identity. Key initiatives include a network re-brand from GLOW to PrOWd, a pronouns campaign, and setting up a panel on gender non-conformity and the trans experience.
John organizes an annual charity auction in the Boston office that over the past two years has raised $60,000 for local non-profit groups supporting LGBTQ+ causes, community, including supporting queer youth, advocating for LGBTQ+-inclusive government policy, and providing resources and support for victims of sexual assault. John is often called on as a guest speaker as well, educating and engaging attendees on active allyship, burnout prevention for the LGBTQ+ community, and creating LGBTQ+ safe spaces in the workplace.
John also continues to share his skills and experience with his alma mater where he mentors and provides guidance to students as they look to make the jump to the business world.
Gordon Rudow, Chief Learning Officer, says: “I knew immediately that this was a young person with extraordinary talent. He was confident and composed in leading the work and would eagerly push himself to the edges of his comfort zone with his analysis, creative problem solving and in his presentation of the work to the senior team.”