ASCENT Summer 2024 
The Consulting Skills Bootcamp - Virtual

ASCENT equips you with the tools and skills used by the world's top management consultants to solve any  problem.

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What's included?

Aug 6 - Oct 8
9:00 am to 12:30 pm EDT

10 weeks
- 3.5 hrs/module per week
- 30 min/wk  Independent Work

- Virtual
- Multi Sector

# Participants
- 8 Min.
- 20 Max.

  • 30 hours live instruction
  • 5 hours individual study
  • 5 hours peer coaching
  • Over 40 templates, workbooks, quizzes & graded assignments

Ten Live 3.5-hour Sessions

Each of ASCENT's 10 modules includes a 3.5-hour instructor-led session, as well as quizzes and activities to be completed by participants at their own pace.

Tools You Can Use Right Away

Your time and energy are precious and in short supply - we get it. Every module is packed with tools and templates that you can begin using right away, everyday.

Course Breakdown

Benefits of this course

Peer Learning

We are all built to live, work and learn in community. Our cohort-based courses help you build lasting skills AND relationships.    

Expert instruction

Our instructors are former strategy consultants selected for their breadth of global experience and ability to connect with participants. 

No Fluffy Stuff

Snappy presentations, fun activities, interactive workbooks, reflections, quizzes, templates and class discussions ensure lessons stick.

Set and achieve goals

We ensure our students' success by helping them set the ambitious but achievable goals, and putting them on the path to get there.
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Meet our instructors!

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Ginu is Talentrade’s Founder and CEO. She has over 15 years of management consulting and international development experience working for organisations including Aon Hewitt, Positive PlaNet, Accenture, and Dalberg. She has advised corporate, non-profit and government clients across four continents in over a dozen countries in areas such as growth strategy, learning and development, impact evaluation, organisation design, and advocacy. Ginu believes that the most effective solutions to both business and social challenges are developed when people with diverse perspectives, skills and experience start collaborating. She has worked on a range of innovative cross-sector projects globally.

Ginu Chacko

Sonia is an HR and Business Transformation executive who brings a unique skill set across consulting and industry with over 25 years of experience. She spent twenty years at Accenture, six of those as a Partner in Accenture’s Talent & Organizational Performance management consulting practice, specializing in delivering transformative change. She then transitioned to Weston Foods, where she gained a breadth of HR and Transformation experience across corporate and manufacturing functions, organization/network restructuring, talent strategy, HR operations, M&A and divestitures. Her passion is driving meaningful, quantum change through an organization.

Sonia Alaimo

Rohit is the Director of Customer Support and Vendor Management at Matterport leading these functions for EMEA and APAC. Prior to joining Matterport in Singapore, Rohit was responsible for driving great customer experience for Pixel and Google Store customers in APAC at Google. He has also worked on driving customer care for products and solutions being developed for new internet users in emerging markets.

Before joining Google in 2016, Rohit was a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He has also worked with Telstra Operations team and was a Technology consultant with Infosys. Rohit has an MBA from the University of Oxford, UK.

Rohit Shawarikar

Tamara is the Managing Director of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) and Executive Director of the Bilateral Assistance and Capacity Building for Central Banks Programme at the Graduate Institute, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She previous was a Senior Consulting Manager at Dalberg Advisors in Switzerland, and a Consultant at Mckinsey and Company in Spain. 

Tamara Pironnet

Jim is the COO for Dutch engineering group Nepocon. Prior to this role, Jim was a Strategic Program Manager at VolkerWessels, a leading Dutch infrastructure and construction services company. There, he helped lead programmes in areas including mergers and acquisitions, internal organisational strategy, and operational improvements. Previously, Jim worked for McKinsey & Company in the Netherlands where he worked primarily on strategic and operational projects for a variety of companies. 

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What Our Students Have To Say...

I cannot recommend Talentrade's ASCENT training enough, it has equipped me with an extra boost of confidence, self awareness as well as a diverse range of tools, frameworks and approaches to take my personal and professional development to the next level at a pivotal time in my career"

Policy Advisor,
Dept. for Culture, Media and Sport,
“I have been sharing the tools and concepts I've been learning each week with the team I lead, and they are all interested to know more about what I've been doing and learning from this program

VP Finance,
Everyone should do this course. I will use many of these frameworks in my work (and personal life!) on a daily basis . We intend to have our entire team do this course"

Director, Youth Employment,
Mercy Corps,

Frequently asked questions

How long will I have access to the course platform and materials?

Once you have completed all the course requirements and received your course certificate, you will have access to the course platform and videos for 6 months from the start of your cohort. You will also have access for 12 months following your course start date for the ASCENT Learning Circles, our communities dedicated to continuous learning and cross-sector networking.

How can I stay in touch with my cohort peers or others in the Talentrade learning community?

After the ASCENT 10 live sessions are complete, you will have one year of access to the ASCENT Learning Circles.

What happens if I miss one of the 10 live sessions?

To receive the course certificate, you must attend at least 70% of the live sessions, and you must attend session 10. If for some unforeseen reason you are not able to attend either 70% of live sessions and/or the final session, you have the option to rebook onto another cohort at a different time (this cohort rebooking is only available once, after which you will not be able to receive your certificate or a refund of course fees).

Who are the creators and facilitators of the course?

The course creators are listed on our 'About Us' page. ASCENT facilitators are a mix of former strategy consultants from the top global consulting firms, or accredited Talentrade facilitators who have completed our Train-the-Trainer certification. Individual instructors will be listed before the start of the cohort sessions.

Are the courses all virtual or are there in-person options available?

We run a mix of virtual and in-person courses, and can work with client organisations who are interested in sponsoring or hosting in-person cohorts. If you are interested in sponsoring or hosting cohorts at your organisation or within your city, please contact us at

Who is the ASCENT program designed for?

ASCENT is for professionals, with a minimum of one year to two years of full time work experience,  who want to tackle problems systematically and strategically, and improve their analytical, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills. The unique set of frameworks and hands-on tools covered in this course are also highly beneficial for mid to senior managers who want to not only inspire but also practically lead their teams to high performance.

Will I receive a course certificate?

Yes! Once you have submitted the quizzes and assignments and received a passing grade, and if you have attended at least 70% of the live sessions (including the final session), you will receive a course certificate that can be added to your list of digital credentials.

Can my organisation run ASCENT cohorts consisting of only our own employees? 

ASCENT pricing for corporate and government participants includes the one-to-one subsidisation of participants from not-for-profit organisations and micro/small businesses. While we do offer the option for internally run (in house) cohorts, pricing will be higher per participant since it will offset the cost to run cohorts for individuals from not-for-profits and underrepresented groups. This reflects our commitment to supporting and upskilling those organisations and individuals who otherwise would lack access.