Diversity Connect - Europe

November 20 – 21, 2020

McKinsey passionately believes in developing outstanding leaders and promoting diversity, both at our firm and in the world at large. We have created and sponsored many programs, and are proud to launch Diversity Connect - Europe to support talented individuals who may be currently underrepresented in leadership roles.

Diversity Connect - Europe will bring together individuals from across Europe who self-identify as having an African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, Middle Eastern, North African, Turkish or mixed heritage.

Attendees will enjoy two days of inspirational virtual talks, workshops, discussions, and networking. Topics will include leadership, problem solving, and an overview of McKinsey’s research on Diversity & Inclusion.

Virtual Event Details


November 20 – 21, 2020

We are looking to get to individuals based in Europe who:

  • self-identify as having an African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, Middle Eastern, North African, Turkish or mixed heritage.
  • are pursuing an Undergraduate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree OR are a professional with fewer than eight years of work experience

You should apply if you:

  • exhibit strong leadership capabilities
  • work effectively with groups of people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences
  • have an ambitious, curious, and analytical mindset
  • have a proven record of leadership in an academic or professional setting
  • enjoy problem solving and creative thinking

How to apply

To be considered for Diversity Connect - Europe, we ask that you submit the following:

  • Your resumé in English, which should include details of your education and grades, work experience, and extracurricular activities and achievements.
  • A cover letter (optional), one page maximum, in English, which should include an experience where you demonstrated leadership and fostered effective team work with a diverse group of people. This diversity could include people with different areas of expertise, background, education, culture or nationalities, ethnicity, gender, orientations, personalities, or work experience.
  • Office location or business function preference

This event is non-evaluative. It is an opportunity for you to get to know us and learn more about working at McKinsey.

Our research I What to expect

How can businesses win through diversity and inclusion? Our new report, Diversity Wins: Why Inclusion Matters, explores how businesses can learn from the actions that diverse leaders are taking, and why it’s so important to consider inclusion. 

Looking at 15 countries and more than 1000 companies, we found that those with diverse executive teams are more likely to outperform others financially, while those with poor representation are missing out. Hiring diverse talent isn’t enough - it’s the experience they have in the workplace that shapes whether they remain and thrive.

On the first day of the event, Lungile Makhanya, an associate in our London office who contributed to the report, will join us for a Q&A.

On the second day, we will hold a workshop about confidence. Confidence is important if you want to live life on your terms – no matter what you’re after. Learn that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence, and that vulnerability might just be the key to building confidence.

Application process

During the Diversity Connect - Europe application process, you will be asked to complete a short online form.

When completing this form, you will choose up to three office locations or business functions to review your application and consider selecting you. We advise you to make your selections based on geographic or industry ties—that is, you have studied or lived in the country, or you have work experience in the business function or industry. You should also be fluent in the local language.

Our colleagues in this office or business function will review your application and, should you be successful in the selection process, sponsor your participation for the virtual event.

In early November, we will get in touch with you regarding the outcome of your application.

Visit our FAQ page for more details.

We are no longer accepting applications for Diversity Connect - Europe

Diversity Connect - Europe is intended for individuals who live in Europe and self-identify as having an African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, Middle Eastern, North African, Turkish or mixed heritage.

Diversity Connect - Europe is just one of our many programs to help individuals get to know McKinsey better. Follow the Real Life at McKinsey Facebook page and subscribe to our Careers blog for more information about our people and upcoming events and initiatives.


"I was pleasantly surprised that despite the virtual format of the event I attended, the speakers ensured that participants were connected and engaged, and not just passive recipients of information. In my view, connection isn't measured by how many people are in a room, but rather how many people have shown up and are willing to share something personal about themselves and co-create something meaningful together.” – feedback from a 2020 McKinsey virtual event participant 
“The fact we engaged so seamlessly online turned out to have immense benefits and has made me more open to how online engagement, if done well and with the right attitude, can have a great impact. If as much attention to detail, connection and energy are put into how we engage online as in- person, I am confident we can gain traction in our many virtual communities and change the narrative about working online together!”  – feedback from a 2020 McKinsey virtual event participant