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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 - Sales Growth: New Insights and Strategies for a Digital World
June 29, 2016

During this session, Director Homayoun Hatami, Marketing & Sales Director of Knowledge Maria Valdivieso de Uster, and APno oprm ra Mahdavian will share findings from the second edition of "Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies from the World's Sales Leaders.” This new edition now incorporates more than 200 interviews with world-class B2B and B2C sales leaders, concrete real-world examples, and exclusive insights from top performers who consistently succeed in driving sales growth. Building on the first edition’s blueprint for achieving top-line sales growth, they will share how sales leaders can find untapped growth potential and how innovative sales strategies and new structural approaches can be adopted to drive and sustain future sales growth.

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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

During this session, Director Kurt Strovink, Partner Michael Birshan, and Associate Principal Thomas Meakin will share findings from the Strategy Practice’s latest research on the relationship between CEOs, strategic decisions, and corporate performance over time. Based on proprietary data from hundreds of CEO transitions, they will introduce several key drivers that impact long-term performance, such as the speed at which new CEOs take action, and being able to view issues and make decisions from an outsider’s perspective. They will also discuss other strategic levers that successful CEOs have found most useful, and what new CEOs, their senior executives, and board members can do to shape and support the efforts and success of transitioning leaders.

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Spotlight On: Michelle Jarrard
May 23, 2016

Michelle has chosen new directions many times in her life (“Following a ‘normal path’ has never been a thing for me,” she says). Over a 26-year career at the firm, she served in roles as varied as Chief of Staff to then-global managing director Ian Davis to Chief Human Resource Officer – serving so distinctively in that position that it inspired current managing director Dominic Barton to publish a cover-story article in Harvard Business Review challenging CEOs to redefine the CHRO role. Now, five months after leaving McKinsey and in a new role as managing director of a venture fund, Michelle reflects on why the Firm will always be “home.” Read More..

Juliana Armelin Champions Quality and Sustainability at her Coffee Farm in Brazil
May 20, 2016

Juliana owns and runs Terra Alta, an award-winning coffee farm in southeastern Brazil. In an interview for the Square Mile Coffee Roasters' blog, she talks about changing her career direction, the challenges of setting up a coffee farm from scratch, and what sets her product apart from others. Read More..

Sara Brand: A career blending science, business, gender equity, and . . . beer
May 10, 2016

Sara Brand recently spoke with the Austin Business Journal about her career journey. Following a doctorate in mechanical engineering and an executive role at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Sara founded Austin, Texas-based True Wealth Ventures to focus on women-led startups. In addition, she and her husband are co-founders of (512) Brewing Company, which produced 11,000 barrels of beer last year. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of May 2, 2016
May 09, 2016

In this week’s 53 headlines, Claudia Nemat is appointed to the board of Airbus Group; Natalia Izosimova is appointed to the board of Russian bank Promsvyazbank; Adil Zainulbhai joins Uber's new global policy advisory board; Daryl Lee, CEO of UM, a division of IPG Mediabrands, is named Ad Week's Executive of the Year; James Shelton will lead the education component of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Amazon's Hollywood chief Roy Price scores a landmark deal with Woody Allen; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of April 25, 2016
May 02, 2016

This week’s stories include: Jan De Witte will become CEO of Barco NV, effective October 1; Amazon names Doug Gurr as UK country manager; Katie Doyle joins Swanson Health Products as CEO; Chris Fuqua is promoted to an SVP role at Dunkin' Donuts; Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar is named Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in India; and more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of April 18, 2016
April 25, 2016

In this week’s 34 headlines, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, is included on Time Magazine’s 2016 list of the World’s 100 Most Influential People; Carnival Cruise Line appoints Kathy Mayor as Chief Marketing Officer; Nick Percy is promoted to Executive VP of the newly created Northern Europe unit at BBC Worldwide; former telecom executive Philipp Humm has an artist alter ego; and many more. 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..

Alumni News - Week of April 11, 2016
April 18, 2016

In this week's 39 headlines, Oleksandr Danylyuk is appointed Ukraine's finance minister; the British Council appoints Christopher Rodrigues as Chair; Pinar Abay, CEO of ING Turkey, is included on Fortune Turkey's 2016 list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business; Juliana Tyko Armelin, owner of Terra Alta coffee farms, wins the 25th annual Ernesto Illy Quality Award for espresso; and many more. 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..


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