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Black Network

We feel at home, because we are at home.

About Our Network

Building a powerful sense of community

McKinsey is committed to creating and maintaining an environment where everyone’s background, perspective, and skills are supported. Our commitment to Black colleagues stretches back decades: the first Black consultants joined McKinsey in 1968, our Black Network was founded in 1991, and we have been in Africa continuously for more than 15 years our seven offices include Johannesburg, Lagos, Casablanca, Cairo, Luanda, Nairobi, and Addis Ababa.

Meet our people

Members of the McKinsey Black Network share their perspectives on meaningful client work, mentorship and support, and creating positive change.

Attracting top talent to McKinsey

We have created initiatives to make McKinsey more accessible for Black talent. For example, we launched the Sophomore Summer Business Analyst (SSBA) for minority college students at US colleges and universities. The McKinsey Leaders Program at the Johannesburg office is designed to create an early pipeline of Black South African leaders. We sponsor diversity events and conferences at schools and universities globally. We also host a 2-day conference for Black consultants featuring tenure-based leadership development and training—and the all-important opportunity to connect one-on-one with McKinsey leaders.

Staying connected with our people and our alumni

Outside of specific training and development, McKinsey’s Black Network creates opportunities for colleagues, clients, and alumni to network and build connections through regular events, dinners and other activities on a local-office level. This focus is part of our commitment to build a special and personal environment for all the people within McKinsey.

Our global network extends beyond current colleagues to include hundreds of Black alumni who now play significant roles in many organizations, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Credit Suisse Group, and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America-College Retirement Equities Fund. Of our Black alumni, 10 percent hold CEO-level positions and more than 15 percent have founded, or are actively running companies they founded.