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  • "There's no doubt I would not be doing what I do today without my McKinsey experience."
    Alison Watkins (AUS, MEL, XIA 89-99)
  • "It gave me hands-on insight on how to run a company. One of the training elements I really look back on was the one-week Engagement Leadership Workshop. I learned there that there are multiple aspects of leadership, and it was incredibly thought-provoking. Becoming a great leader involves the ability to juggle all these different aspects of leadership at the same time."
    Jørgen Knudstorp (COP 98-01)
  • "McKinsey trained me how to work with CEOs and senior leaders so they treat you and see you as a peer. I also learned business judgment, analytical, and problem-solving skills. At McKinsey, there is great apprenticeship and mentorship in learning how to lead a team."
    Rebecca Wei (SHA, HKO 99-10)
  • "While at the Firm, I made significant strides in areas like structured thinking, approaching problems analytically, and conveying a story well."
    Naveen Tewari (MUM, SVO 00-03)
  • "One of the things McKinsey helped teach me was how to make good decisions really fast because you often find yourself in situations where you have imperfect information but you need to act. My McKinsey skills have also been very important in how we think about the growth of IRONMAN as a brand."
    Andrew Messick (AMS, CHI 91-97)
  • "There's an intellectual debate and discussion happening that makes your time at McKinsey intellectually dynamic, powerful and invigorating in a way that should be cherished by people who live it every day."
    Luis Ubiñas (BOS, LAN, SFO 89-08)
  • "McKinsey was an incredible training ground that has been extremely helpful in starting and running Gogobot. One powerful thing I learned at McKinsey is the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them in very simple ways that are easy to understand."
    Travis Katz (SFO 01-03)
  • "The Firm's training in structured thinking and communications has been invaluable to me as I have gone through life post-McKinsey. McKinsey was also a great training ground for leadership in service — how to create a vision of something and work through others to make it happen."
    Wendy Becker (LON, SFO 93-08)
  • "My years at McKinsey were absolutely rewarding after seeing measurable impact on each engagement I worked on. I am fully convinced that McKinsey is the proven training ground for future business leaders, and it also provides a fun, rewarding, and exciting work environment that each McKinsey consultant can be proud to be part of every day."
    Emre Gürkan (ATB, ATL 05-05, 06-08)
  • "In every meeting with potential clients or investors, I use the skills I learned on presenting and telling a compelling story."
    Kathryn Minshew (NYO 08-10)
  • "At McKinsey we're really trained to think big . . . to not be afraid of the big problems, but actually to embrace them and dissect them, and try to figure out what to do about them."
    Jim Ayala (DAL, HKO, MAN, SIN 84-86, 88-03)
  • "Many of the core McKinsey skills and approaches have been invaluable in the growth and success of MetaPack: disaggregating problems, fact-based analysis, market studies, identifying the true source of sustained competitive advantage. It's all quintessential McKinsey and has been essential."
    Patrick Wall (LON 92-95)
  • "Gaining the ability to work quickly and diligently was key, as was people management, analytical thinking, and problem solving."
    Yasmin Belo-Osagie (LGS 12-14)
  • "I'm better able to communicate and persuade. I'm comfortable with individuals from many different levels of an organization. I problem-solve all day long. These skills were honed at McKinsey and are invaluable to me today."
    Ayr Muir (BOS 03-03, 04-08)
  • "We couldn’t have done this without our McKinsey training. Developing a clear proposition, learning how to communicate effectively with CEOs, crafting an argument, creating an economic model – all of these skills are firmly grounded in our McKinsey experience. My time at McKinsey has been the single most important time in my career."
    Ann Smith (CLE 00-05)
  • "McKinsey teaches you to be extremely comfortable with ambiguity and to adapt to new information extremely quickly, however time-pressured or high-stakes the situation."
    Alice Bentinck (LON 09-12) and Matt Clifford (LON 09-12)
  • "McKinsey not only has opened doors, but also greatly improved my problem-solving. You have to step away to realize just how much better everyone gets while they're at the Firm. It is really phenomenal."
    Bruce Constantine (TOR, BOS 04-12)
  • "Clearly the values, the meritocracy and the quality of the people are unique aspects of the Firm that you cannot find elsewhere in any sizeable organization. In addition, I found the diversity and relevance of the problems you deal with exciting and hard to find anywhere else."
    Mickey Huibregtsen (AMS 70-99)
  • "I originally saw working at McKinsey as a piece of the puzzle – something that would provide me with exposure to all aspects of business. I now see it as a frame for the puzzle. It’s provided me context for putting all the other pieces in place."
    Tim Carl (CLE 01-02)
  • "Spending time at McKinsey was one of the highlights of my life. It has influenced nearly every aspect of my management style – from how I think about solving problems to how I feel about treating the people in my company's care. "
    Tim Carl (CLE 01-02)
  • "We draw on our McKinsey experience every day. We use the presentation and communication skills we developed at McKinsey all the time."
    Dai Ellis (SFO, NYO 91-02) and Oliver Rothschild (NYO 08-08, 10-11)
  • "Understanding the motivations and bringing along elected officials in particular was a totally new experience for us, but was something that could be sorted through by using the same consensus building skills at McKinsey."
    Gautam Grover (CHI, KLA 05-09)
  • "[McKinsey] taught me the importance of taking the 30,000-foot view and at the same time taking the deep dive when required."
    Amisha Jain (LAN, SCA 08-11)
Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Lessons from CEO Transitions: What should your CEO do to be successful and how can you help?
June 15, 2016

Corporate success and CEO success are deeply intertwined, and CEO transitions are particularly important to long-term organizational performance. To assess the drivers behind successful CEO outcomes, the Strategy Practice has compiled a proprietary database of hundreds of CEO transitions across sectors to identify the factors and strategic levers that shape CEO performance and success. During this webcast, Director Kurt Strovink, Partner Michael Birshan and Associate Principal Thomas Meakin will share why it is critical for a new CEO to get on a successful path quickly, how executives can offer support, and why CEO performance should be a priority for senior executives and board members.
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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast – The Future of Energy: A Reality Check for Renewable Energy and the Continued Reliance on Fossil Fuels
May 25, 2016

During this exclusive webcast, Director Scott Nyquist and Luciano Di Fiori, Vice President for Market Analytics for McKinsey's Energy Insights will discuss today's biggest energy trends and what's ahead for global energy markets, energy prices, supply and demand equations, and energy efficiency. They will explain why the oil and gas industry is destined for cyclicality, why oil isn’t running out anytime soon, and how a series of innovations have enabled the shale-gas boom. They will share their views on promising alternative and renewable energy sources, the growth of clean technologies, and the current barriers to adoption. They will also explore potential industry disruptors - such as new technologies, increased energy efficiency and related industry innovations. Finally, they will discuss factors that could affect or alter what is ahead for energy players, including: the supply of fossil fuels and other resources, energy consumption, conservation efforts, peak oil timing, the market for renewable energies, and the status of environmental regulations and greenhouse gas emissions. Read More..

Focus on Founders: Zameer Kassam and his unique fine jewelry business
April 22, 2016

Steeped in a love of fine jewelry since childhood, Zameer set out to create a new type of jewelry firm – one that works with the client to create a one-of-a-kind piece based on personal stories. Less than four years after launching the business, Zameer’s pieces have been touted by VOGUE and others as being the equal of iconic jewelry brands. He credits his time at McKinsey with teaching him the art of storytelling and “relentless client service,” both key success factors in his business. Read More..

Denielle Sachs and the High Art of Conservation Conversations
April 18, 2016

When it comes to environmental justice, Denielle supports advocacy in a big way – like, 375 feet tall kind of big! Denielle, who founded social impact consultancy The Tembo Group, supported the Oscar-nominated film "Racing Extinction" and was part of the team that projected media about endangered species on to the Empire State Building and the Vatican last year – which together garnered 6 billion impressions. She is now redesigning and helping lead the Blue Sphere Foundation, founded by one of the lead activists in the film, and ensuring the energy ignited by these events translates into real impact in the fight to safeguard the planet’s oceans. Read More..

Oren Peleg’s Cycle of Success
April 15, 2016

A recent article in The Telegraph offers insight into Oren Peleg’s approach to leadership and chronicles the journey that led him to his current position as the chief executive of Fitness First. Read More..

Spotlight On: Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership
April 11, 2016

“I'm the kind of person who's always thinking about how we can make things better,” says Sir Charlie, who has chaired the Partnership of the upscale UK retailer since 2007. The 19th-century brand may be iconic, but Sir Charlie is making sure that it’s constantly innovating – while also taking care of its people. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of April 4, 2016
April 11, 2016

In this week's 39 headlines, Raj Seshadri is appointed President, U.S. Issuers at MasterCard; Jeremy Hodara and Sacha Poignonnec's startup Africa Internet Group is valued at over $1 billion, making it Africa’s first tech unicorn; Tomoko Namba, Founder and Chairman at DeNA Co, is included on Forbes Asia 2016 list of 50 Power Businesswomen; Sam Woods is appointed Deputy Governor at the Bank of England and Chief Executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority (effective July 1); and many more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of March 28, 2016
April 04, 2016

In this week's 28 alumni headlines, Vivek Sankaran is promoted to President and COO, Frito-Lay North America; Maria João Borges Carioca Rodrigues is appointed CEO of Euronext Lisbon; Niels Christiansen is named Chairman of Denmark's Government Energy Commission; the Colombian government’s top rebel group negotiator Frank Pearl begins peace talks with guerrilla group the National Liberation Army (ELN); and many more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of March 21, 2016
March 28, 2016

In this week's 26 alumni headlines, 9 alumni are named to Forbes 2016 'Midas' list of top tech dealmakers; 5 alumnae are named to BuiltInNYC's list of top 50 female founders in NY; 3 alumni are named to Crain's New York's '40 Under 40'; Sheila Hooda is elected to Mutual of Omaha's board; Norbert Rollinger will succeed Friedrich Caspers as CEO of R+V Versicherung; Jens Schulte is named the new CFO of SCHOTT AG; and many more. Read More..

Focus on Founders: Phalgun Raju of DonorFind and expertDB on having an impact
March 23, 2016

Phalgun Raju divides her time between her startup studio Morph Ventures and her philanthropic projects run through Her goal? To make a difference and have an impact in the world. Read More..

Five alumni, one firm member named to World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Class of 2016
March 21, 2016

Alums from a variety of sectors and geographies -- as well as a current partner -- are among this year's class of Young Global Leaders (YGLs). Read More..

Alumni News - Week of March 14, 2016
March 21, 2016

In this week's 40 alumni headlines, five alumni are named to the World Economic Forum's 2016 class of Young Global Leaders; Karl Alleman will lead Egon Zehnder's U.S. practice; Simon Lowth will join BT as CFO in July; fitness app Endomondo co-founder Mette Lykke wins Computerworld’s IT Prize for brilliance in the Danish IT industry; Karen Moon is appointed Head of Consumer Services at Hyundai Capital America; and many more. Read More..


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