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Brooke is a New Ventures solution leader based in Minneapolis. Read about her journey from generalist consultant to McKinsey associate partner in New Ventures.

Brooke, a New Ventures senior solution leader and associate partner, came to McKinsey after finishing her Ph.D. in international education at Stanford. After a few years as a generalist consultant, she was asked to lead one of our new client service lines in Asia:

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From DC to Seoul
Being an entrepreneur is at the core of what I love about McKinsey New Ventures; it’s what led me to this group and what keeps me here. When I was a senior engagement manager (I’d been at the firm about 3.5 years), my mentors created a huge opportunity for me: they asked me to lead OrgSolutions by McKinsey for Asia.

I knew little about the region, and had no strong relationships in place; but I was so deeply motivated by the trust the firm placed in me and excited by all the possibilities that I accepted the challenge,and moved from Washington, DC to Seoul. I spent more than three years in that role, and it was a career highlight for me.

Growth and development
Now, I lead global services for OrgSolutions, and our Americas client service team. I help to identify ways for us to grow and expand, and I help clients leverage our tools and services to achieve impact.

I own the OrgTools portfolio, which means I get to think through the entire product strategy, including technical design and development, and the go-to-market plan for multiple solutions. It’s like working in a startup with McKinsey’s culture, incredibly committed and accomplished people, and stability.

Paying my McKinsey mentorship forward
Outside of the office, I love spending time with my family, especially my wonderful children, Ava (2) and Alejandro (3). I love to run, and I’m having a great time exploring Minnesota, where we recently moved.

I also try to pay the fantastic mentorship I’ve received at McKinsey forward inside the firm and externally, as a board member of WomenVenture, an organization that supports female entrepreneurs.”

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About Brooke
Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Brooke is a senior solution leader and associate partner (now partner) with OrgSolutions by McKinsey, one of our firm's 50+ New Ventures startups. Before her current role, she was a generalist consultant at the firm. Brooke has a doctorate in international and comparative education from Stanford University; a master's in economics and Spanish from Standord University; and a bachelor's in economics and Spanish from the University of Virginia. 

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