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Bermuda, mindfulness, and the small world of McKinsey

– Hi everyone,

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. We’ve spent the past few days exploring this amazing island—including snorkeling, hiking, visiting historic churches and forts, and experiencing some of the local cuisine. My parents and sisters were able to make the trip and the best part was having everyone together. I’ve attached a picture of me and my sisters from a day spent at sea where we saw more than 15 whales on their migration north.

With friends from Mexico City

It has been a busy winter for me at the firm between client work and transitioning to being a more senior engagement manager. I’ve continued to focus in the healthcare systems and services (HSS) space with my work balanced across both services (hospital systems) and payors (insurance providers). My current project takes us to new cities each week and has allowed me to have in-depth discussions with hospital leadership teams about local market dynamics and challenges. I was also able to attend my first HSS conference in Denver in February. Over two days, we shared updates and happenings across HSS (including new digital tools, capability areas—like our implementation group—and knowledge efforts). I was able to connect with many of my mentors and reconnect with former teammates and it was great to see how my practice colleagues have really come to be another part of my McKinsey family (in addition to my local office, and my start class).

Whale watching with my sisters in Bermuda

From an office perspective, I helped plan and lead an event on mindfulness in January as part of the Midwest Women’s Initiative. We had a special guest speaker and facilitator—Manish Chopra, a partner in our New York office who has written extensively on the topic and has brought helpful workshops and discussions to offices around the world. Manish hosted a lively event and we discussed tips and tricks for staying present and focused in our busy lives. We hosted this discussion via video conference across offices and it was great to see friendly faces in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Detroit and more from our room in Chicago!

Soon I’m off to Duke University (my alma mater) to host our annual spring women’s leadership event. I always love this event as we bring some of our dynamic McKinsey women leaders (and Duke alums!) and host freshman and sophomore students for an evening of dialogue and discussion (and a few role plays) focused on enhancing personal presence.

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great start to spring!

Best,

Mhoire

PS. I’m including one additional picture of a recent Friday in the office where I (literally) ran into my close friend and business school section mate Marco and his wife Dani—both of whom are members of our Mexico City office and were visiting for the day. Such a small world!

About the blogger

Mhoire
Engagement Manager

Mhoire

Mhoire began her McKinsey career as a Business Analyst in our Detroit office after graduating from Duke University with a BSE in biomedical engineering. Prior to taking an educational leave of absence to earn her MBA at Harvard Business School, she spent a year in our Washington, DC office as a Social Sector Fellow. She is now an Engagement Manager serving clients across a broad range of industries, most recently health care payor and providers. In her spare time, she's an avid tennis player and skier who also enjoys photography, travel, and time with friends and family.