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Transitioning to an Associate Partner role

– Hi everyone,

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. My son Connor is now 18 months old, and there is no shortage of excitement in my life right now: between enjoying every moment with my bouncy toddler to maintaining a very busy work schedule, I am never bored!

My McKinsey path

You may have noticed a new title on my page. This past fall, I was excited to be designated as an Associate Partner (AP). This is the role immediately preceding the Partner role at the firm, although in many ways APs are treated as integral members of the overall partnership teams of offices and practices. I was even able to attend my first leadership strategy session in Denver last month. I feel lucky to be part of an incredible partnership team here on the West Coast. It’s pretty crazy to think that I started my McKinsey career as a Business Analyst straight out of college…again, time flies!

Following my passion in client work

Over the past year I have continued to serve incredible healthcare clients across provider systems (mostly hospitals and post-acute care providers). Our teams have been doing some very innovative thinking around workforce planning—figuring out how to build and retain a strong healthcare team of hospital and system leaders, nurses, technicians, other clinical staff, and support staff. As with any workplace culture, the strength of the overall team is more important than the strengths of any one individual.

On another note, I have also spent some time working with local start-ups in and around San Francisco to ensure new technology and important opportunities are not missed by my clients (or me!). It has been eye-opening—and fun—to try to stay on top of ever-changing technological advances. There is a lot of amazing potential for healthcare products and services, it is an honor to be part of the evolution.

Making it work

Our model at McKinsey has typically been four days at the client site and Fridays in the office. So, if your client is not “local” (within commuting distance of your home office), you generally spend four days there before coming home for three days. As an AP, however, I work with multiple teams, and those teams may not all be in the same city, so I have to consider where I am needed most…and of course I want to spend as much time with my son as possible! I am working hard on focusing on meaningful travel for all of my teams, making sure that we are only traveling to the client site when we can see our clients in person and add value to our relationships and work. We are using technology (laptop video conferencing, cell phones connected to office phones, “chat” features, secure document sharing, and more) to our advantage while still building incredible relationships.

A VERY rare moment, sitting down and having wine in Napa with Chris

On the home front, my family is doing well. Chris and I are celebrating our five year wedding anniversary this week. Our son, Connor, continues to grow quickly and has become a strong and happy little boy who loves baseball and trains. Now we just have to get him on skis so we can enjoy the incredible season they are having up at Lake Tahoe.

Best wishes,

Meredith

About the blogger

Meredith
Associate Partner

Meredith

Meredith began her McKinsey career as a Business Analyst after graduating from Dartmouth College and Thayer School of Engineering with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. She took an educational leave of absence to earn her MBA at Tuck and returned to our San Francisco office full-time in 2012. Now an Associate Partner, she mainly serves healthcare payor and provider clients, as well as various not-for-profit clients in global health. Outside of work, Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler son, snowboarding, cooking, hiking, golfing, and traveling.