John Burt

John Burt

JumpStart Advisory Group

A native of Indiana, John T. Burt, Jr. received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Indiana University in 1998. Burt began his career within the finance component of Eli Lilly. He achieved career success and promotions within the company and received sponsorship to pursue an MBA in 2001.

Burt earned his degree from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2003. While at Duke, Burt served as an executive fellow of the Dean’s office and worked, simultaneously, as a consultant to a small business in the Durham community. During those two years, Burt co-authored a published article on executing an effective career search and mastering interview skills. He also won a national competition through the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) for his commentary on leadership.

After graduation, Burt worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a management-consulting firm focused on strategic business concerns. He returned to Eli Lilly in 2004 as a consultant focused on International Treasury and working capital strategy for Africa-Middle East and Asian Operations; creating an internal consulting unit for Lilly USA. In 2005, he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer for Lilly’s $2B diabetes business.

Prior to his current role at BCG in mid-2007, Mr. Burt was a co-founder of MBA JumpStart, a consulting firm focused on increasing minority presence in consulting and financial service industries. From 2004-present, MBA JumpStart ( has identified and educated more than 700 minority MBA professionals and undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in our targeted industries. MBA JumpStart has partnered with top-tier firms including but not limited to; JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Credit Suisse, Fidelity, Wellington, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, UBS, Accenture, Deloitte, McKinsey, Bain, Boston Consulting Group, Booz & Co., and others to fulfill their diversity strategies.

In late 2007, Burt joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a Director for Diversity recruiting and more recently assumed responsibility for professional development and affinity groups in North America. In 2010, Burt’s role expanded to include components of professional development and employee resource groups. Under Burt’s guidance, BCG launched several new initiatives resulting in work experiences, scholarships, and the most # of diversity hires within the firm over the last 10 years. In 2008, Fortune Magazine recognized BCG as the #3 company to work for in America and highlighted the firm’s improvement in the area of recruitment of minorities. In addition, Universum recognized BCG as having the ‘best on-campus recruitment” for minority students.

Burt is an adjunct professor of finance and business planning at Concordia University-Wisconsin, Marian College, and Indiana Tech. He has served as a debt reduction counselor at his church and a treasurer and board member for several local nonprofits. Burt is a member of the 100 Black Men of America, the National Black MBA Association, and NextGen Network, Inc (affiliated with ELC).

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