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LGBTQ+ at McKinsey

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About Our Network

McKinsey is a place where LGBTQ+ people thrive.

GLAM is our vibrant worldwide network of LGBTQ+ colleagues who are committed to one another’s success and to attracting exceptional LGBTQ+ individuals into the McKinsey community.

We formalized our commitment to LGBTQ+ equality in 1995, when a group of colleagues created GLAM. Since then, GLAM has evolved to include people of all orientations throughout the world. The network provides peer support to LGBTQ+ firm members and advises McKinsey on LGBTQ+ policies and benefits. We’re proud of the perfect score of 100 we’ve earned in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate equality index every year since 2006, when we first joined the survey. Today our community comprises more than 900 firm members across nearly 100 offices.

We realize that our colleagues may be at different points in their own personal journeys, so GLAM members can classify their membership status to reflect their desired level of participation (e.g., fully out to all colleagues, out to GLAM only, not out but receive information about GLAM events and milestones).  

What We Do

We are GLAM

We support McKinsey as a place that attracts, supports, respects, and retains talented lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender professionals. We create an environment where all people can develop and grow to their full potential.

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GLAM (LGBTQ+) at McKinsey

Members and allies of our LGBTQ+ organization describe how GLAM has helped them bring their whole selves to work, form meaningful and lasting relationships, achieve incredible client impact, and reach their potential.

How we do it: Connectivity and Development

Mentorship and conversation with openly LGBTQ+ leaders positively impact our GLAM colleagues. McKinsey holds a global GLAM conference every 18-24 months in a new location. Between conferences, many offices choose to plan their own professional development and connectivity events.

How we do it: Encourage an inclusive and welcoming environment

The same values that drive the excellence of our client work—respect for talent and the importance of individual development and personal satisfaction—lead to our inclusive culture and our leadership in all areas of diversity. To expand our efforts, we created GLAM Allies for straight colleagues who want to advocate for LGBTQ+ colleagues and support the GLAM network. This network is comprised of over 4,500 colleagues.

Day of Pink is celebrated annually in 80 McKinsey offices worldwide. Day of Pink is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Transmisogyny across the world during the second week of April.

How we do it: Recruiting

We were the first employer to actively recruit LGBTQ+ MBA students nearly 20 years ago, and one of the first employers in the world to offer global tax-equalization domestic partner benefits.

McKinsey is a founding sponsor of Reaching Out MBA in the United States and Brazil, Out for Undergraduates in Business, IvyQ, and Open for Business, a business-led coalition focused on the business and economic case for global LGBTQ+ rights.

We are also proud to sponsor EurOUT in Europe, Out on Bay Street in Canada, and Sticks and Stones Career Fair in Germany. In 2019, we were proud to have participated in RISE, the first LGBTQ+ conference and career fair in India. You will find our LGBTQ+ consultants and allies at many recruitment events; they are happy to provide insight into the welcoming environment at McKinsey.

 

The Alliance

An annual forum by McKinsey convening the world’s most influential LGBTQ+ leaders

External Recognition

McKinsey has earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index every year since 2006, when we first participated.

Leadership Support

Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner

“Inclusion is personal for me. I believe in our research that more inclusivity and more diversity is better. There can be no glass closets, no glass ceilings. We are doing everything we can to make sure that’s the case within and beyond our firm.”

Out and proud at McKinsey

McKinsey’s LGBTQ+ affinity group celebrates two decades of growth, support, and progress.

As a co-founder of GLAM more than 20 years ago, my experiences at McKinsey have been nothing short of inspiring. As the leader of global recruiting, I am particularly proud to welcome diverse talent to share that experience.

Brian Rolfes Partner, Global Recruiting