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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)
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    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)
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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Poorer than Their Parents? Flat or Falling Incomes in Advanced Economies
September 13, 2016

During this session, Senior Partner Richard Dobbs and Partner Anu Madgavkar will share their upcoming MGI research that addresses the growing issue of income inequality between generations in advanced economies. They’ll show how this is reflected in the growing cohort of people in developed countries "not advancing" and growing up poorer than their parents' generations, and how automation and artificial intelligence have played into this new trend. They will also explain the factors that previously helped subsequent generations grow up with the potential to be more prosperous than their parents, and what has shifted in today’s markets to put the next generation’s advancement - particularly those in low skill roles - at risk of earning lower incomes than their parents. Finally, Richard and Anu will discuss how this change could impact the broader economy and world labor markets. Read More..

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Upcoming Alumni Knowledge Video Webcast - Urban World: The Global Consumers to Watch
August 18, 2016

During this session, MGI Partner Jaana Remes, Partner Daniel Zipser and Anne Martinez will share insights from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, “Urban world: The global consumers to watch.” Incorporating supporting research from the Customer Management, Consumer, Retail, and China Practices – our presenters will share how demographic shifts and urbanization are transforming the consumer landscape. They will also share how three specific consumer segments – the retiring and elderly in developed economies, China’s working age population, and North America’s working age population – are set to generate half of all urban consumption growth through 2030. Finally, our presenters will discuss strategies to more effectively identify and engage with the most promising consumer segments to ensure success over the coming decades. Read More..

Max Meyer and Darryl Lau buck the trend with Getmii
June 24, 2016

Max and Darryl are the people behind Getmii, a social media app that creates small communities that offer each other assistance – essentially bringing back the age-old custom of helping out your neighbors. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of May 30, 2016
June 06, 2016

In this week’s 35 alumni headlines, S&P Global CFO Jack Callahan will join Yale University as Senior Vice President for Operations in August; seed-stage venture capital firm Romulus Capital, founded by Krishna Gupta and Neil Chheda, launches a USD 75 million fund; Vijay Iyengar joins biopharmaceutical company Incyte as head of global product strategy; Wendy Murdock is appointed to the board of La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; and many more. Read More..

With Show-Score, Tom Melcher's love of tech and theater unite
June 01, 2016

In the lead-up to the 2016 Tony Awards, the New York Observer recently featured Tom and his theater-review site, Show-Score, describing it as "the website theater fans have been waiting for." Read More..

Alumni News - Week of May 23, 2016
May 30, 2016

In this week’s 27 alumni headlines, SmarTone Telecommunications appoints Anna Yip as CEO; AXA appoints Nick Lane as CEO of AXA Japan and Wilm Langenbach as CEO of AXA Emerging Markets, EMEALA (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America); Inc. Magazine names CommonBond, co-founded by David Klein, to its inaugurual list of the 50 best small businesses to work for; and many more. Read More..

Alumni News - Week of May 16, 2016
May 23, 2016

In this week’s 51 alumni headlines, Yasmin Belo-Osagie is named to Fast Company's 2016 list of the Most Creative People in Business; Tariq Shaukat joins Google as President of Enterprise Sales; Geno Fernandez is appointed Chief Underwriting Officer of Zurich North America; Mohammad Naraghi is named CEO of Aenova; and many more. Read More..

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..

Alumni News - Week of May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016

In this week’s 44 alumni headlines, Mark Langer is named CEO of Hugo Boss; Fernando Musa is promoted to global CEO of Braskem; four alums are named to Business Insider’s list of the 40 “Coolest in UK Fintech”; Raj Shah is named managing partner of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) of the U.S. Department of Defense; UBS appoints Martin Blessing as its new head of Swiss operations; Marco Sesana is appointed CEO and General Manager of Generali Italia; Jen Wong, Time Inc.'s President of Digital, adds Product Development and Engineering to her responsibilities; Andrea Vittorelli joins JPMorgan as Global Insurance Chairman; and many more. 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..


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