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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 - Women in the Economy, the Workplace - and at McKinsey
December 02, 2015

While all forms of inequality have social and economic implications, a new MGI report highlights how successfully addressing gender inequality could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. During this session, leaders of the MGI research and several other Firm diversity initiatives will discuss the latest findings from the report - including the key interventions and efforts required by the private, public, and social sector to achieve greater gender equity, as well as the massive economic benefits of success. The presenters will also discuss the high level results and insights from the recent “Women in the Workplace” survey, as well as what the Firm is doing to increase gender diversity within McKinsey and beyond, including a public pledge to the UN’s HeForShe campaign and the 30% Club. Read More..

Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Enhancing Board Engagement to Drive Long-Term Value
October 27, 2015

Today's Boards are faced with broader expectations and responsibilities than ever before, and directors are increasingly being asked to spend more time on value-creating activities, instead of focusing on more traditional governance responsibilities. However, many board members are not prepared to serve in such a capacity, as they do not have a comprehensive understanding of the organization, how it creates value, or its overall strategy. During this session, Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice experts will share the results of a 2015 McKinsey Quarterly board governance survey and explain the changing nature of board responsibilities, expectations, and effectiveness. They will also discuss how to guide board members towards more proactive and engaged roles by ensuring they have the time, context, and authority to make strategic decisions that help build long-term value. Read More..

Focus on Founders: Stephanie Burke and Veritas Health
September 22, 2015

Stephanie is the co-founder of Veritas Health, a publisher of a network of health-related Web sites that provide educational information about chronic musculoskeletal issues. She attributes the company’s success – it is the highest trafficked musculoskeletal site in the world, surpassing even WedMD and Mayo Clinic – to its commitment to "put the patients first." Read More..

Alumni News - Week of September 14, 2015
September 21, 2015

In this week's 19 alumni headlines, Smith Holland is named President and CEO of Crayola; Derek Bouchard-Hall is named CEO of USA Cycling; Gordon Orr joins the board of Lenovo; Emily Lawson is named Chief People Officer at Kingfisher plc; 13 alumni are included in the Evening Standard's List of 1,000 Most Influential People in London; and more. Read More..

Alumni headlines
Alumni Headlines - August 2015
September 21, 2015

August's 78 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Antonio Simoes is promoted at HSBC to Chief Executive, Europe; Scott Beardsley is the new Dean of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business; several alumni-led companies are named to Inc.'s list of the fastest-growing private companies; Birgit Bohle and Manuel Rehkopf take new senior executive roles at Deutsche Bahn; Julie Morel is appointed an advisor to the French Minister of Economy; Perttu Louhiluoto is named President, Services at Metso; Juan Uro joins the National Basketball Association (NBA) as EVP, Finance and Strategy; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of August's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Roy Price, Head of Amazon Studios: "Everything a Hollywood Agent Is Not"
September 17, 2015

Roy brings his passion for social change to his leadership of Amazon's original content division. Colleagues and collaborators praise his level of business transparency as well as his interest and involvement in the creative process. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of September 7, 2015
September 14, 2015

In this week's 26 alumni headlines, Kristof Terryn is named CEO of General Insurance at Zurich; Scott Durchslag is named President and CEO of Angie's List; Nancy Killefer joins the board of Cardinal Health; Eva Berg-Winters is named Head of UK Claims at Hiscox; and much more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 31, 2015
September 07, 2015

In this week’s 21 alumni headlines, Serge Brunschwig, CEO of Christian Dior Couture, is also named President of Dior Homme; Peter Feldhaus joins ThyssenKrupp as Head of Strategy; Marla Malcolm Beck joins the board of The Children's Place; Jürg Weber is named CEO of SIX Payment Services; Kleiner Perkins promotes Wen Hsieh to Managing Member; and more. Read More..

Focus on founders
Focus on Founders: Special Video Edition
September 03, 2015

We're proud of the entrepreneurial spirit of our alumni. A new video highlights five entrepreneurs who are having impact in their fields, and tells a compelling story of how their careers at McKinsey helped them to become successful. Read More..

Alumni headlines
Alumni Headlines - July 2015
August 31, 2015

July's 78 alumni stories feature a number of achievements and prominent appointments, including: Robert Rosiello joins Valeant Pharmaceuticals as CFO; Maxime Saada is named CEO of Canal+ Group; Helen Buck will join Palmer & Harvey as COO; Laxman Narasimhan is promoted to CEO, Latin America at PepsiCo; David Song is named CEO of Nike Korea; Diane Smith-Gander will be appointed Chair of Tourism Australia; Betsy Bohlen is named COO of the Chicago Archdiocese; Marcia Morales-Jaffe joins PayPal as Chief Human Resources Officer; Anjali Bansal is named a Managing Director at TPG Growth; and many more. Please click 'Read More' for an overview of all of July's alumni headlines, organized by industry. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 24, 2015
August 31, 2015

In this week’s 19 alumni headlines, William Hague is named a member of the UK’s House of Lords; Birgit Bohle and Manuel Rehkopf take new senior executive roles at Deutsche Bahn; Julie Morel is appointed Advisor to the French Minister of Economy; Sumit Jamuar is named CEO of SBICAP UK; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of August 17, 2015
August 24, 2015

In this week’s 18 alumni headlines, Regina Groves is named CEO of REVA Medical; Perttu Louhiluoto is named President, Services at Metso; J.D. Hickey is named CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Michael Stewart is appointed to ICAEW’s board; Sue Hooper joins the board of Rank Group as a non-executive director; and more. Read More..


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