I was a M&A lawyer, working in Brazil and New York, before deciding to join McKinsey. A career change, a diverse background, unfamiliarity with consultancy life, a new city – it was not an easy decision. Fortunately, the outcomes have been much better than expected.
I still remember the day I received a call from a consultant inviting me to the inaugural dinner of McKinsey Black Network in Brazil. I found that both surprising and inspirational. Surprising because I had already accepted my offer, but I was months away from starting at the firm. Inspirational because it was amazing to see that the firm was engaged in promoting racial diversity. That night was a landmark in my life.
As good surprises are never enough, I was truly excited when I received the invitation for the Black Network New Hire Training in Atlanta, US. Having the opportunity to network and share experiences with the McKinsey black leadership, my peers and the group’s alumni was remarkable. The inspiring speeches and informal gatherings were only a few highlights of days devoted to meet people. These people all came from different countries, backgrounds and life experiences, but all had the same passion for developing black talent.
Now, less than one year after that dinner, I am the leader of our McKinsey Black Network in Brazil. We are leading the first conference focused on black students and young professionals in Brazil, to happen on November 10 in São Paulo. This event will bring together black executives and leading professionals from several industries and companies, and will be an opportunity for young people to connect, listen to success stories and meet companies and professionals dedicated to racial diversity. For those of you who’ll be in Brazil, hope to see you there; learn more on the Juntos website.