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Path to Strategy Consulting at AMEX

Incoming MBA class of 2024,

In preparation for a Path to Strategy or Consulting, we are hosting a feature of the American Express strategy group.

Below you will see the feature experience with AMEX via JumpStart that your submissions and responses will be part of the process to be considered for participation in their sessions and 1-1s during JumpStart.

Enterprise Strategy is the internal consulting division of American Express. We work directly with the CEO, the executive team, and senior leaders to provide thought leadership and an external perspective on the most important strategic priorities of the company.

Enterprise Strategy grows high-potential colleagues into future leaders at American Express. Our team members develop deep subject matter expertise and leadership skills in stretch roles that unlock their full potential, working collaboratively with senior leaders across the company. Subsequently, our team members transition to take on key leadership roles within the business.

During the JumpStart sessions, learn more about the company, context about careers, and recruiting guidance.

If you have not done so already, you will need to complete the Company interest survey AND register for the following Zoom session.

Space is limited, so sign up on the Zoom Links below to indicate plans to participate.

Company Interest Survey (including AMEX)


Topic: Strategy vs. Consulting Internship hosted by American Express

When: May 11, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Speakers at The Event

Jane Okpala

Jane Okpala is a Vice President in the Strategic Planning Group. Prior to that, she spent 5 years at Facebook, most recently as the Head of Developer Platform Investigations Operations, in which role she created, led, and scaled the team that detects, prevents, and remediates data misuse of the type at issue in Cambridge Analytica; she also held roles in product operations and led the women’s employee resource group. Previously, Jane worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a corporate lawyer at Cooley LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups on legal and business strategy across several industries.

Jane earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and attended the University of Georgia, where she was a Foundation Fellow, graduating summa cum laude with a B.B.A. in International Business, a B.A. in Spanish, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature. Jane serves as the co-chair of the YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley governance and nominating committee. In addition, she is a member of the Yale Law School Fund Board.

Zach Alter

Zach is a Senior Manager in Amex’s Enterprise Strategy Group. Zach has been with Amex for over a year, working on a broad spectrum of projects including everything from entertainment benefits to M&A to international market growth. Zach joined Amex from management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, Zach served consumer-facing clients on growth-oriented topics.

Joe Verde

Joe joins us from Amex’s Enterprise Strategy team where he has led several efforts related to spend digitization and emerging digital trends (COVID-19 impact to payments, AXP’s digital partnership strategy, AXP’s digital currency strategy, etc.), supported Amex in launching its first NFT, and recently worked to identify Amex’s next Resy-like acquisition. Prior to Amex, Joe was at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he led projects across 8 different industries and a wide range of topics. He holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from The George Washington University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Alyssa Smith (moderator)

Alyssa joined the Enterprise Strategy team in August 2020 after graduating from NYU Stern School of Business. Prior to American Express, Alyssa held various merchandising and buying roles, most recently at Gap Inc., where she drove multichannel retail strategies.