– Hello readers,
Happy 2016! Things have been busy and exciting on my front and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.
Energy strategy and a trip to Davos
I recently worked on a project to set up a commission comprised of global leaders who are committed to mitigating climate change while also supporting economic development. Members of the commission include political and business leaders such as a former president of Mexico and the CEOs of energy companies.
I closed out 2015 by working with a French energy company for three months in Paris. Our team supported the client’s high-level strategy on a wide range of topics, from e-commerce to sustainable cities. It was exciting to feel that we were helping them lay the groundwork for the future, and I am hoping to have the chance to work with them more soon!
In December and January, I spent some of my time working on a research project for a new non-profit company that is looking at how to convert CO2 to other materials such as concrete or plastic. I presented our work with my client at the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January. We had about 40-50 people in our audience, including some very senior leaders such as the chairman of a multinational oil company and a US senator. The event went very well—the audience was great and the client was very happy.
Now I am starting on a cool strategy project for a solar company. We have two additional proposals out with renewables companies, so I may spend a good chunk of the foreseeable future doing renewables work.
London office women’s initiative
As I think I’ve mentioned in the past, I help manage our women’s initiative for the London office. We are in the midst of planning a “women’s leadership day” with a focus on entrepreneurship and being your authentic self. I will be a panelist for one of the sessions, speaking on how to have a commanding presence while still being perceived well, since this can be a double-edged sword for women. I’m looking forward to the event, which will be a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues as well as invited female clients.
On a personal note, I have made a concerted effort to cut down on travel and spend a bit more time at home. I stayed here in London over the holidays, which was quite nice. My parents visited for Christmas, and then I had some time to get my flat in order, carry out “life admin,” and binge on Netflix before heading back to work. In late January, I threw a birthday party at a trendy bar in London. On weekends, I’ve been using my “Class Pass” to stay healthy by taking Pilates, barre and spinning classes, and I’ve just signed up for a German course—so here goes language number 5! ;)
I have been working very hard on building client relationships, focusing on getting to know individuals and forging long-term partnerships. Although I’ve really enjoyed being an engagement manager, I am looking forward to becoming an associate principal, the next step in my McKinsey path. I’ll keep you updated on when that happens!
Until next time,