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After spending the past 5 years advising hundreds of consultants on how to optimize their career and donations for impact, seeding EA workplace groups within McKinsey, BCG, Bain, and beyond, and supporting 30+ career transitions, the EA Consulting Network is evolving into Consultants for Impact. We’re excited to continue helping high-impact teams and consulting talent to find each other!

About Consultants for Impact

Since 2019, Consultants for Impact (formerly the Effective Altruism Consulting Network) has been dedicated to supporting current, former, and prospective consultants in strategically optimizing the social impact of their careers.

We do this by:

  • Prioritizing consultants who are highly committed to impact and are at career inflection points: We identify consultants who we believe are well-placed to have a high-impact career and support them with Career Conversations, introductions, retreats, and curated opportunities.
  • Inspiring significant action by amplifying those who led by example: We emphasize the importance of high-impact work to business consultants and amplify motivating stories of former consultants engaged in direct work to make less common impact-oriented career paths feel tangible and socially viable.
  • Connecting consultants to meaningful and analytically driven work: We strive to outcompete other consulting exit-career paths by connecting our members with career opportunities that are more value-aligned than typical business roles and more skill-aligned (problem-solving focused, analytical, fast-paced, etc.) than typical social impact oriented roles.

Why Focus on Consultants?

We believe that business and strategy consultants have an outsized potential for professional impact as a talent pool, as supported by:

  • Demand for Consulting Skills: We’ve heard from hiring managers at EA organizations that they are bottlenecked for talent with strong management, strategic, and operational capabilities (i.e. EA Community Survey (MCF 2023), 2019 Talent Gap Survey), skills that consultants disproportionately possess.
  • Pre-vetted Talent: Strategy consulting is a very competitive field, with a demanding process of business case interviews and sometimes additional tests of decision-making and general intelligence. Firms often have over 100 applicants per place and the largest firms expend significant resources in their recruitment processes.
  • Desire for Career Changes: The churn in consulting is comparatively high and as such many candidates are eager to identify their next career move after only one or two years in their role. Given the relatively short tenure of the average consultant, Consultants for Impact can leverage the steady stream of trained and talented folks, often a few years out of university, and support them in building longer career paths to impact.
  • Track Record of Consultants in EA: Many successful senior EAs are former consultants (ex. Habiba Banu, Rob Gledhill, Zach Robinson, Paige Henchen) and we’ve already seen our hypothesis validated by the 30+ consultants whose career transitions into high-impact roles we’ve supported.  

Evolution to Consultants for Impact

We are evolving into Consultants for Impact because we believe this new brand will better enable us to achieve our mission. Our new name gives us greater brand independence and control and provides a more professional presentation. It also enhances our capacity to accurately reflect the diverse philosophical frameworks (including, but not exclusively, Effective Altruism) that can benefit our work. We are excited about this transition and believe it will enable us to better support and inspire consultants dedicated to making a significant social impact.

Our Programs

Since hiring a full-time team member in 2022, we’ve focused on experimenting to find highly impactful and cost-effective programs to optimally support our talented audience in exploring their values and identifying their professional path to impact.

In 2024, based on promising early results and positive feedback, we are excited to continue:

  • Conducting 1-1 Career Conversations: We offer structured, one-on-one career plan development and support calls with current, former, and prospective consultants considering how to have a higher impact in their careers. These conversations often include relevant introductions post-call.
  • Hosting weekend-long retreats: Designed for current consultants actively exploring a pivot into higher-impact work, these retreats feature former consultant speakers, cause prioritization workshops, relationship building, and personalized career planning.
  • Providing curated talent referrals: For especially promising roles and organizations, we work with hiring managers to offer custom referrals and introductions to Consultants for Impact members who are most likely to fit.
  • Sending out our bi-weekly Job Blast: Our Job Blast features the top 10 high-impact roles we believe consultants could be an especially good fit for.
  • Advising leaders of value-aligned Workplace Groups: We coordinate and support impact-driven communities within top strategy and management consulting firms (e.g., McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Accenture) to launch initiatives and support each other’s career journeys.
  • Creating custom resources: We develop tailored materials such as giving guides and career reflection templates to help consultants navigate their journey towards higher-impact careers.

We’re excited to continue experimenting with our programming to find even better ways to support our consultants. Stay tuned, as we plan to pilot a new initiative later this year.

Our Progress

Since our founding, we have:

  • Provided 1-1 support to 500+ consultants through our Career Conversations program
  • Facilitated 1,500+ professional introductions for our members
  • Meaningfully supported 30+ of our members’ transitions into high-impact careers
  • Seeded and supported active workplace groups at 10 top consulting firms
  • Supported high-impact organizations in finding candidates for 70+ hiring rounds

We’re Excited to Support You!

For Consultants

As we transition to Consultants for Impact, we invite you to explore how you can optimize your career for greater social impact. Apply for a Career Conversation to receive tailored guidance and support. If you know other consultants passionate about making a difference, encourage them to check out our website and consider applying themselves.

For EA Org Team Leaders and Recruiters

If you are hiring, have a low bar for reaching out to us to find top-tier candidates. We provide curated talent referrals, connecting you with consultants who are not only highly skilled but also deeply committed to making a positive social impact. Check out our website to learn more about the types of work we think consultants can be especially useful.

For Community Members

Help us spread the word about our rebrand to Consultants for Impact. If you know any consultants in your network, share our website and resources with them. Additionally, if you're chatting with someone in the ecosystem looking to hire, we’d appreciate you letting them know about our referral services.


We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped bring Consultants for Impact to where it is today. To the founding members of the Effective Altruism Consulting Network, your vision laid the foundation for our journey. 

We are grateful for the brand evolution support from Jane Julian, Kate Rodman, @Amber Dawn, @James Odene [User-Friendly], Jennifer Ipsen, Emily Dardaman, our strategic advisory board members Paige Henchen, @David Nash, @Anneke Pogarell, and Lauren, and our fiscal sponsor @Rethink Priorities

Thank you to the countless individuals who provided feedback and input throughout this process. Most importantly, we thank every consultant who has dedicated their career to the goal of making the world a better place. Your commitment inspires us and drives our mission forward. Together, we are poised to make an even greater impact.






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I think this is a great initiative, and the new website looks great! I do, however, want to raise something (even if I'm afraid to be seen as 'that guy' on the Forum):

We are evolving into Consultants for Impact because we believe this new brand will better enable us to achieve our mission. Our new name gives us greater brand independence and control and provides a more professional presentation. It also enhances our capacity to accurately reflect the diverse philosophical frameworks (including, but not exclusively, Effective Altruism) that can benefit our work. We are excited about this transition and believe it will enable us to better support and inspire consultants dedicated to making a significant social impact.

Maybe this is me over-reacting, but it seems to imply 'we used to have EA in our name, but now EA is a toxic brand, so we removed it to avoid negative association'. If instead it's just because the new is more professional / just a better name then disregard my comment, but it's not what you wrote in the post.

There are still EA fingerprints, in terms of people, associated orgs, values and even language all over the website, but almost no mention of EA or the phrase 'Effective Altruism' at all.[1] I also think Effective Altruism does/can/should accomodate a set of 'diverse philosophical frameworks' and can still call itself EA. 

My fear is that people who are still reasonably thought of as EA[2] start to dissassociate from it, leaving only the most hardcore/weird/core people to hold the brand in an evaporative cooling dynamic (there was on discussion on a now-sadly-deleted post about this where someone shared their reasons for leaving EA which to me seemed to fit this dynamic, my response is here) which damages the movement, the organisation, and its aims, and which is mostly unnecessary if driven by roughly the same set of moral values and empirical beliefs.

  1. ^

    I wouldn't necessarily call this misleading, but I think the people CFI is going for would probably be smart enough to figure out the connection with some googling

  2. ^

    Very much 'EA-in-ideas' not 'EA-got-funded-by-OpenPhil' or 'EA-went-to-the-right-parties' or 'EA-has-lots-of-Forum-karma'

Thank you both for taking the time to read through our post and engage with us on this milestone! You’ve raised important questions that I’m happy to speak to briefly here.

@JWS: EACN was founded as a community-building project for consultants whose primary goal was introducing them to EA ideas. Over the years we’ve evolved into a talent development organization with a theory of change centered around helping organizations find great hires and consultants find high-impact roles. “Consultants for Impact” represents who we are and what we do, and helps us establish a broader entry point for our audience. The new brand also provides greater flexibility in messaging, tone, and visual design, which we’ve found to be quite useful. 

@Bella: We expect to evolve our thinking over the next 12 months and are currently exploring integrating insights from, eg., Ikegai and Flow Theory – hoping to land somewhere a bit more pluralistic than we had been before. We resonate with this piece by Peter Wildeford on focusing on the ideas, and are likely to continue having significant overlap with 80k/Probably Good on cause prioritization and career choice recommendations, although we may diverge in the future. Consultants for Impact’s core guiding principles, which we don’t expect to change, are included here

One relevant question, I think, is "in practice, will Consultants For Impact discuss, center, or create programming around anything from the diverse philosophical frameworks specifically outside EA?"

Why not consultants for shrimpact?

It was a top contender!

Executive summary: The EA Consulting Network has rebranded as Consultants for Impact to better support consultants in optimizing their careers for social impact through programs like career conversations, retreats, job referrals, and workplace groups.

Key points:

  1. Consultants for Impact (formerly EA Consulting Network) helps consultants maximize their career impact through career advice, networking, and job opportunities.
  2. Consultants are an important talent pool due to their in-demand skills, pre-vetted abilities, and desire for career changes.
  3. The rebrand to Consultants for Impact allows greater brand independence and a more professional presentation to inspire consultants from diverse philosophical frameworks.
  4. Key programs include 1-1 career conversations, weekend retreats, curated job referrals, a bi-weekly job blast, advising workplace groups, and creating custom resources.
  5. Consultants for Impact has supported over 500 consultants, made 1500+ introductions, facilitated 30+ career transitions, and helped fill 70+ roles at high-impact organizations.
  6. Consultants, EA org team leaders, recruiters, and community members are encouraged to engage with Consultants for Impact to optimize talent matching and career impact.



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