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A quick end-of-summer update

Hiking up Pacaya, an active complex volcano in Guatemala

– Hello readers! In my last update, I shared the news about my move to Chicago, which already seems like a long time ago. I am happy to report that I had a busy summer with a lot of client work across North America. I'm feeling good about how this move will impact my client relationships and career at McKinsey.

I recently returned from a two-week vacation: I visited Guatemala and then a national park in Quebec. Highlights of the trip included seeing monkeys and Mayan ruins at Tikal, kayaking on a volcanic crater lake, and hiking in the Laurentian mountains. I managed to be largely offline for the duration of the trip, perhaps with a quick email check once a day, and really enjoyed spending a lot of quality time with my boyfriend. It was great to disconnect and relax after such a whirlwind move and summer.

Lake Atitlan, a volcanic crater lake in Guatemala

I just returned to work feeling pretty recharged. Which is good as September looks like a busy month for me! In addition to client work that will take me to Montreal, Boston, and San Francisco, I'm looking forward to our North American partners' conference in Chicago. I'll post an update after that event!


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Kimberly’s expertise in environmental science and economic policy has carried her from nonprofit work in South Africa to an associate position in McKinsey’s São Paulo office to a secondment with the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Now an associate partner based in our Chicago office, she is a committed member of our cleantech practice, following her passion for renewable energy and addressing climate change. Interested in more on this topic? Follow Kimberly on LinkedIn and Twitter.