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Energy work and a trip to Davos

– Hello readers,

Happy 2016! Things have been busy and exciting on my front and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you.

Energy strategy and a trip to Davos

I recently worked on a project to set up a commission comprised of global leaders who are committed to mitigating climate change while also supporting economic development. Members of the commission include political and business leaders such as a former president of Mexico and the CEOs of energy companies.

I closed out 2015 by working with a French energy company for three months in Paris. Our team supported the client’s high-level strategy on a wide range of topics, from e-commerce to sustainable cities. It was exciting to feel that we were helping them lay the groundwork for the future, and I am hoping to have the chance to work with them more soon!

Dinner with two Amsterdam EMs while at INSPIRE training in Kitzbuhel

In December and January, I spent some of my time working on a research project for a new non-profit company that is looking at how to convert CO2 to other materials such as concrete or plastic. I presented our work with my client at the World Economic Forum in Davos in late January. We had about 40-50 people in our audience, including some very senior leaders such as the chairman of a multinational oil company and a US senator. The event went very well—the audience was great and the client was very happy.

Now I am starting on a cool strategy project for a solar company. We have two additional proposals out with renewables companies, so I may spend a good chunk of the foreseeable future doing renewables work.

London office women’s initiative

As I think I’ve mentioned in the past, I help manage our women’s initiative for the London office. We are in the midst of planning a “women’s leadership day” with a focus on entrepreneurship and being your authentic self. I will be a panelist for one of the sessions, speaking on how to have a commanding presence while still being perceived well, since this can be a double-edged sword for women. I’m looking forward to the event, which will be a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues as well as invited female clients.

Me time
Thanksgiving dinner with friends, including current and former McKinsey colleagues

On a personal note, I have made a concerted effort to cut down on travel and spend a bit more time at home. I stayed here in London over the holidays, which was quite nice. My parents visited for Christmas, and then I had some time to get my flat in order, carry out “life admin,” and binge on Netflix before heading back to work. In late January, I threw a birthday party at a trendy bar in London. On weekends, I’ve been using my “Class Pass” to stay healthy by taking Pilates, barre and spinning classes, and I’ve just signed up for a German course—so here goes language number 5! ;)

Looking ahead
With friends at my birthday party

I have been working very hard on building client relationships, focusing on getting to know individuals and forging long-term partnerships. Although I’ve really enjoyed being an engagement manager, I am looking forward to becoming an associate principal, the next step in my McKinsey path. I’ll keep you updated on when that happens!

Until next time,


About the blogger

Associate Partner


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.