What You Can Take Away from ICON? Experiences Shared by Former ICON UIUC Chapter President

My experiences at International Consulting Network was one of the most humbling, exciting, and great learning opportunities during my tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The practical use of real world VOIP software and enterprise cloud services such as Skype, Office 365, Glip, and the internal and external consulting group meetings on a weekly basis are mirror images of what I am doing today in my current position as Supplier Management Associate as part of Lenovo’s Future Leaders Program.

“The world is globalizing just as fast as it is accelerating in technology. ICON combines both of these industry trends in an academic, but professional setting.”

The fundamental learnings I took from ICON has accelerated my role in my job. The biggest value proposition from ICON that I will end on, is the support of the top executives and of course your main stakeholders: your team and consultants themselves. They support you every inch of the way, including how to become a better consultant, how to think differently, how to propose better processes, how to have professional etiquette, brevity, and professionalism with clients.

Working harmoniously together with my team, seeing them grow, having the the boards support, and seeing it all come together at the final deliverable to the client were some of the best times of my life. To this day, I have been applying the successes, as well as learning opportunities from the failures in my current job.

– Yuedong Tony Lu | Former UIUC Chapter President
Lenovo Future Leaders Program, Global Supplier Management