A leadership development project and travel on my terms

– I have a lot of updates since my last post! On the client front, I have been working with a local client on a very inspiring project.

My first six months in London

– In my last post, I shared my plans for my third year as a BA: a 12-month transfer to London to do six months of public and private... sector client work, and six months with the McKinsey Global Institute, our economic research branch.

A big decision about my path at McKinsey

– I hope you’ve had a good few months. I have some big news on my front, which is that I have taken a new role at McKinsey.... I have to rewind a bit to tell you the full story.

Joining McKinsey full-time after a summer internship

– Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog. I’m excited to share my McKinsey experiences with you and hope I give you some insight... into what it’s like to change careers and become a consultant here.

My first semester at INSEAD

– Hello from INSEAD’s Singapore campus! I’m excited to share a couple of updates with you while I’m on educational... leave.

Returning to work and a trip to Disney

– Hey everyone, it has been a whirlwind since I returned from maternity leave in July. The kiddos are almost a year old, and I can't... even believe it. It has been a fun return to work, including bringing the twins with me!

Busy client work and Austin City Limits

– I’ve had a busy and exciting few months with client work. I had a couple of long-term situations as the “CD”... (content director) for teams.

A pro-bono project in Africa

– Hi everyone! Last time I wrote, I was getting ready for some travels to St. Petersburg and also to Italy. Upon returning from... Italy, I signed on to do a really cool project.

McKinsey Implementation Day and going L2

– Hi everyone. In my last post I shared my involvement in launching Women in McKinsey (WiMI) Implementation group. Since then, we’ve... had a few virtual sessions, and just a few weeks ago we had our first WiMI in-person event.

A mostly women team, a big move, and a gender diversity project

– Wow…so much has happened in 6 months—it’s hard to know where to begin!

Healthcare work, a pro-bono project, and my third year as a BA

– Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely summer. I have a few interesting work (and life!) updates on my end.

Temporarily leaving McKinsey to earn my MBA

– Hi everyone! I wanted to write one more update before I depart for INSEAD to realize my dream of earning my MBA. I am so incredibly... excited for this next adventure.

Deciding how to spend my third year as a BA

– Hello again from Washington, DC! It’s been a great few months since my last post. In addition to exploring several new client... settings, I finalized my plans for my third year as a BA with the firm.

From a promotion to a vacation and everything in between

– Hi everyone. I’ll start off with my most exciting news: I was recently designated to the Associate Partner (AP) role! This... is the role immediately preceding the partner role, and it’s a big step forward.

Exploring opportunities in pharma and traveling the world

– I have had a super interesting couple of months. Last time I wrote, I was getting ready to take some time off after my project... in January.

Progress with my local program

– Writing this blog post is my last work item before I head off to meet my family for a long weekend. I just wrapped up a meeting... with a client with an interesting history, which I’ll get to in a moment.

An update from Next Generation Women Leaders

– I’m back with an update on our Next Generation Women Leaders event! After months of planning and promoting, we were thrilled... that thousands of talented women applied to attend the event.

A crazy few months topped off with awesome travel

– Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy few months for me. As you know, I switched from the traditional consultant role to a knowledge... expert role a while back. 

Launching a McKinsey Implementation women's group

– Hi everyone, I’m excited to share a few things with you today! As you know, I am part of McKinsey Implementation (MI), the group... that works on-site with clients to help them execute and sustain transformational changes.

Bermuda, mindfulness, and the small world of McKinsey

– Hello from sunny Bermuda! As I write this, I am wrapping up a week of vacation with my family and feel fortunate to have had this... time to rest and recharge a bit.

From the Midwest to the West Coast

– Right after my last post, I signed on for a second phase of my client engagement, which took me through the end of the year. Most... of the team changed for the second phase, but it was still a really fun group of people and we continued to lead and support our client through a new approach to certain activities.

Pursuing my passion for public sector healthcare work

– Hello readers! I'm so excited to be writing my first-ever blog post (well, first unless you count my tragic attempt at food blogging... a few years ago that ground to a halt when I realized I am useless at photography).

Innovation, our firm's global reach, and some pics of beautiful Sydney

– I hope that 2016 is off to a great start for you. Things with me have been busy but good. On the client front, I’ve been doing... quite a few interesting pieces of work recently.

Transitioning to an Associate Partner role

– Well, I heard plenty of people say it, but I can officially confirm that time seems to go faster when you have a kid! I can’t... believe it has already been nearly a year since my last blog post, when I had just returned to work from maternity leave.

Achieving my "triple crown" bucket list dream

– Travel is definitely one of the most discussed aspects of consulting life—I probably get the most questions about travel from... candidates, though I even get them from colleagues.

Welcoming our twins, Clara and Jack

– Last month, Emily and I became the parents of our twin children, Clara and Jack. We have always wanted children, and been trying... on and off for the past year.

Energy work and a trip to Davos

– Happy 2016! Things have been busy and exciting on my front and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.

After Australia and Africa, a project at home

– In my first post I shared that I was staffed in Africa. I have to say it was really cool. I absolutely loved experiencing the... cultural differences between Africa and home.

Exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in Taiwan

– I hope you all had a good end to 2015. I wrapped up an engagement with a banking client and have been doing a lot of client development... since then, which has been interesting.

A trip to our southernmost continent

– Hi everyone, and happy new year! I’m starting this blog post with an update on an exciting trip I took over the holidays. I didn’t... use much of my vacation in 2014, so I enjoyed all of the days I rolled over into 2015 by taking some fantastic journeys, including spending Christmas in Germany with my family, followed by an amazing eight-day trip to Antarctica.

Next Generation Women Leaders

– I want to start by telling you about a really exciting project I’m working on: I am on the core organizing team for McKinsey’s... 2016 Next Generation Women Leaders (NGWL) event for women in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

The adventures of an Implementation Coach

– Last month, Emily and I became the parents of our twin children, Clara and Jack. We have always wanted children, and been trying... on and off for the past year.

The email from a stranger that changed my life

– Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! I am a business analyst in our Santiago, Chile office.

An amazing week at the One Young World summit in Bangkok

– Hello all! I’m excited to start my blog by describing one of the more unbelievable experiences I’ve had at McKinsey: representing... the firm at a global leadership summit in Bangkok called One Young World.

Same clients, different functional area

– While I've spent most of my career in consumer goods, I usually work on revenue growth projects. I was intrigued by the possibility... of approaching the same clients from a different functional area.

A winding path to McKinsey

– Welcome to my blog—I’m looking forward to sharing a bit about my life at McKinsey. And I’m excited to be the first blogger from... our Australian office!

My first year at McKinsey

– Welcome to my blog! I joined McKinsey as a fellow in September 2014, immediately after completing my master’s degree in industrial... engineering and management in the Netherlands.

Moving to a knowledge expert role

– First, as of Jan 1 of this year, I transitioned from the Engagement Manager role to a knowledge expert role. You can learn more... about our knowledge network online, but in short, I now work (almost as a contractor) with various clients and client teams from all over the world, while also building our firm’s knowledge in procurement.

Transitioning to an Engagement Manager role

– As I sit down to write this post, I am realizing we are already in November—I can’t believe how time has flown since my last update... in January! I’m gearing up for the start of my favorite time of year … the holidays.

Joining McKinsey as an experienced hire

– Hi everyone! I look forward to sharing my adventures with you. A little about me: I studied finance in university—my program had... actually a partnership with CFA Institute. My first job after graduating was with a large brokerage house.

Moving from Australia to the US and joining McKinsey

– I'm excited to be joining my fellow colleagues as a blogger on this site. While I don't claim to possess any form of genius literary... skills, I hope that these little snippets can provide an honest, different, and hopefully entertaining perspective into my life at McKinsey.

Experimenting with a remote client service model

– As you may recall from my last post, I have switched to a program with (mostly) local clients. However, I recently experimented... with a remote client service model for a Shanghai-based client looking to explore opportunities in the consumer space, which fit quite well with my consumer background.

The Times Top 50 Places to Work for Women

– The last few weeks have been super busy and interesting, so I thought I'd blog about them as perhaps an extreme example of consulting... life.

A key to happiness: Looking forward

– Happy spring! I hope that these last few months have been good ones for you. I’ve had a few big changes since my last update.

Returning to work after maternity leave

– I can honestly say I am not the same person I was when I wrote my last blog entry. This is my first week back to work following... six months of maternity leave.

Making tradeoffs for a dream project

– I'm at a turning point in my McKinsey career. When I started at the firm, I was truly ambivalent—never indifferent—about becoming... a partner. My first year was pretty rocky, and the learning curve was steep.

Returning to McKinsey after two years at business school

– It’s been a while since I’ve written—over two years!—as I just returned to McKinsey after taking educational leave to pursue my... MBA.

A fast-paced project in Austria with a great team

– Well it's 6:30am on a Monday, and I'm in London's City Airport for my weekly commute to Austria for an eight-week strategy engagement.

Getting married to Emily

– Greetings from Hotlanta! The city does live up to its name; we've been regularly experiencing weather in the 90s, which is just... roasting to me. Here's what's happened in the past few months.

Contributing to a report that prompted a tweet from President Obama!

– A lot has happened since I last blogged. The report that I worked on during my secondment (a McKinsey-sponsored externship) launched... and was a great success, with about 1,500 news articles.

From workshops to skunkworks

– My streak of no international travel came to an end in April. In the last couple months I have been to San Francisco to work with... our Stanford-based research team, Switzerland for a World Business Council on Sustainable Development conference, Stockholm to work with the Stockholm Environment Institute, and most recently Barcelona for the McKinsey London office retreat!

Making it work … my way

– If you've read my prior blog entries, you know that I'm the mother of two young children. Balancing work and parenthood is different... for everyone.

Learn, network, repeat

– It has certainly been a while since my last update! I'm at the Atlanta airport on my way home to San Francisco, and I'm sitting... here feeling both happy and sad.

Engaging in a formal -- but friendly -- internal competition

– I do not have a tattoo—not because I didn't go through periods of time when I wanted one, but because I could never decide on... the one thing I wanted on my body for the rest of my life.

The Polar Vortex and working in an OTB parlor

– Greetings from Washington, DC! It's been a whirlwind since I last wrote. I'm getting married in June to my fiancee Emily, who... just joined McKinsey! Plus, I've already wrapped up two client engagements, and am now starting my third of the year.