US APD Women’s Leadership Challenge

McKinsey passionately believes in developing outstanding female leaders. We do so every day, both internally and with our clients. We have published numerous acclaimed pieces that demonstrate the importance of women in leadership positions, including our long-running Women Matter series and the Centered Leadership project.

You are invited to take the next step of your leadership journey with us by participating in the US APD Women's Leadership Challenge (WLC). In this program (November 2016 through May 2017), we will help you:

  • Shape your own leadership style by playing to your strengths
  • Develop your communication style
  • Network with other highly talented women

What does the program include?

Jillian got to know us through last year's Women's Leadership Challenge recently completed her internship with our Washington DC office. Read more about her experience.

Professional development: Our leadership experts will present professional programming topics via video, and we will host in-person debrief sessions led by McKinsey women following each video session. These debrief sessions, held in our regional offices, will allow you to connect with peers in your geographical area and fine-tune your leadership style together throughout the year.

McKinsey Mentor: In addition to the professional programming and debrief sessions, you will be assigned a McKinsey Mentor to support you over the course of the program. Our Mentors will connect with you informally throughout the year and can help you think about a potential application to McKinsey for full-time opportunities in the future.

Interview invitation: If selected as a WLC participant, you are guaranteed a first-round interview* should you choose to apply to us after the program.

*Guaranteed interview for a full-time Associate role; 1L JD students may receive a first round Associate Internship interview if applicable

What are the eligibility requirements?

The program is open to US APD women (PhDs, JDs, postdocs, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows) at Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, University of Chicago, and Stanford who will complete their programs in 2018 and 2019.

How do I apply?

Please submit your application online by September 16, 2016.

The application process is simple and takes only a few minutes to complete. All applications will be reviewed and we will notify you of next steps within a few weeks of our application deadline. We will invite finalists to take an online assessment in late September; selected participants will be notified by mid-October. The program starts in November 2016 and runs through May 2017.