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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)
Women's Leadership and Equality in the Workplace
December 13, 2016

During this session, Senior Partners Sandrine Devillard (Paris), Lareina Yee (San Francisco), and Managing Partner of North America Gary Pinkus (San Francisco) will share the latest findings from "Women in the Workplace, 2016," a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. Based on HR survey and pipeline data from over 130 companies employing 4.6 million people, as well as nearly 34,000 individual employee survey responses, the report provides an unparalleled view of experiences regarding gender, opportunity, and work-life issues. They will also discuss forthcoming insights from the Firm’s “2016 Women Matter” study, which is currently refining a comprehensive perspective about women in European companies across all seniority levels, including top leadership. Finally, our presenters will discuss their own personal experiences and what we can all do to continue ensuring gender equality, as well as the role of the private, public, and social sectors in supporting this more broadly. Read More..

Digital Finance for All: Powering Inclusive Growth in Emerging Economies
November 30, 2016

During this session, Partner Olivia White (San Francisco) and McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) Partner Susan Lund (Washington, D.C.) will discuss insights and findings from MGI's new report, "Digital Finance for All: Powering inclusive growth in emerging economies," which estimates that mobile-enabled digital finance could add $3.7 trillion to the GDP of emerging economies within a decade. In particular, they will discuss the three building blocks required to bring this to fruition: widespread mobile and digital infrastructure, a dynamic business environment for financial services, and digital finance products that meet the needs of individuals and small businesses in superior ways. They will also provide a perspective on the tremendous opportunities this could offer payments providers, banks, and fin-tech companies, as well as businesses in telecommunications, technology, and retail. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending October 9
October 26, 2016

C-suite appointments at Telefónica Brasil, Penn West, John Hancock, Discovery Communications, and Ascometal; American Banker's most powerful women in banking and Global Finance Magazine's notable execs in Treasury & Cash Management
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Frank Pearl Centered “Humanity” in Colombia Negotiations, Looks Forward to Peace
October 26, 2016

Frank grew up in Colombia, and after earning an MBA in Canada, returned to his home country as one of the first joiners of McKinsey’s office in Bogota. That choice eventually set him on the path to helping negotiate the in-process peace agreement between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Rodrigo (“Timochenko”) Londoño, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Globe & Mail recently profiled Frank’s work. Read More..

Delphine Arnault: Fashion in the Family
October 26, 2016

Delphine, EVP of Louis Vuitton, recently spoke with The Times (UK) about her experience growing up in a family whose name is synonymous with fashion, the niche she has carved for herself, and her multi-lensed perspective on the next generation. Read More..

Fred Swaniker: An Entrepreneurial Education for Everyone
October 26, 2016

More than 10 years ago, alum Fred Swaniker teamed with current senior partner Acha Leke and others to start the African Leadership Academy. Through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership training, Fred and his team have helped more than 900 students in more than 45 African countries receive a quality education and dramatically improve their livelihoods. In recognition of the International Day of the Girl, Fred celebrates the African Leadership Academy’s female graduates who are making a huge difference in their communities. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending October 2
October 17, 2016

C-suite roles at Bilfinger, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Association of International Educators, and Byggmax Group; and 11 alumni on India’s Economic Times’ 40 Under 40 list
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Alumni News - Week Ending September 25
October 11, 2016

Executive and board appointments at JCPenney, Millicom, Techcombank, Nordstrom, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, GE, Snyder's-Lance, and more.
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Focus on Founders: Lara Setrakian and News Deeply
October 11, 2016

Lara Setrakian, a former foreign correspondent for ABC News and Bloomberg TV, has created a number of single-topic, in-depth websites that focus on crises that can take a backseat to other headlines in the minute-to-minute, 24-hour cable news cycle. A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an alum of Fast Company’s ‘most creative people in business’ list, Lara aims to populate the Internet with intelligent, deep-diving content. Read More..

Alumni News - Week Ending September 18
September 20, 2016

Executive and board appointments at RWE AG, Time, Inc., Apple, Edelman, and more
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Alumni News - Week Ending September 11
September 19, 2016

C-suite appointments at Aetna, Manulife/John Hancock, Protein Bar, Activision Blizzard, and The Hartford; Vice Chairman of Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority; board of NPR
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Alumni News - Week Ending September 2
September 19, 2016

Forbes most powerful women and Pharma Exec’s emerging pharma leaders; CEOs of Auctionata | Paddle8 and Danish Crown’s Tulip; CMO at Nestlé Waters; Board of Louisiana-Pacific Corp Read More..


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