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Discovering how capable I am

Meet Winny, classical pianist, former contestant on Indonesian Idol, and indoor cyclist enthusiast. Read why she’s energized to work at McKinsey.

We sat down with Winny, an associate now based in New York and originally from Jakarta, to learn about her passions, sources of inspiration and more.

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What woman impacted your life the most?

My mother. She is the epitome of contemporary femininity and one of the most well-rounded people I have ever met. She pushes me to live up to my potential and to be kind yet fierce. Leading by example, she shows me it is possible to be an amazing wife and mother, professional (she is a banker-turned-fashion designer), competitive singer, and athlete.

What do you like most about working at McKinsey?

The people, the complexity of the problems we are trying to solve, and our values. It is humbling to work with brilliant people, from diverse backgrounds. It is rewarding to help our clients solve difficult issues. I am very energized to work at a firm that adheres to its values, always.

What did you want to be while growing up (you can’t say a consultant)?

I wanted to be a professional singer and pianist. My mom always encouraged and supported me in singing competitions, including nationally televised Indonesian Idol. I appeared on the show when I was 16 years old; I was the youngest contestant on record. I also studied classical piano for 12 years, starting at the age of four.

What piece of advice would you give to new hires?

The firm is a wonderful place. The fact that you are here is a testament of how capable you are. Even though you are new to McKinsey, never be afraid to speak up because your voice is valued as much as those of colleagues who joined before you.

What is one fun fact about you that most people do not know?

I am super passionate about indoor cycling and have made it a habit to do it five days a week in the morning before I start my day.

What is your favorite thing about Jakarta?

My favorite thing about working in Jakarta is how tight-knit the community is. We hang out every other weekend to do fun activities such as group high intensity training or a culinary expedition.

Now that you have moved to New York, what’s your favorite thing about our New York office?

I love that the office hosts community events almost every Friday. Our office is large, but because of these connectivity events, I’ve met many colleagues from different practices and exchanged experiences. I’ve also found colleagues who have moved countries like me. Relocating from Jakarta to New York was challenging for me at the beginning, as I was very far from my family and friends. Then I found the New York office Mobility Club, through which all McKinsey transferees from offices around the world gathered. We bonded quickly through casual get-togethers, like a Karaoke session in Korea Town. Also, the New York office itself is one of the most gorgeous offices I have ever visited. The space is designed to maximize collaboration and the view is stunning!

What was the last good book you read?

Fifty Million Rising by Saadia Zahidi. The book tells a story about remarkable women who are part of the big shift in which 50 million women joined the workforce in just a span of a decade, giving them more earning and purchasing power and greater autonomy and transforming the Muslim world. The book was a gift from my mentor at my previous company.

Are you more of a coffee or tea person?

I am a tea person! Masala Chai and Taiwanese Milk Tea are my favorites.

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