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Engaging in a formal -- but friendly -- internal competition

– Hi everyone,

I do not have a tattoo—not because I didn't go through periods of time when I wanted one, but because I could never decide on the one thing I wanted on my body for the rest of my life. If I could have had an etch-a-sketch tattoo that I could change every 3-5 years, then maybe I would have gotten one. That is my long winded way to say I get bored easily and I welcome change! This fact makes my long-term McKinsey employment seem unlikely. However, McKinsey is the perfect place for my short attention span and need to follow my passions.

For example, I just recently developed an interest in web application development and healthcare reform. I was able to work with our Healthcare Systems & Services practice (my home at McKinsey ever since I decided to start to specialize) to design a fellowship with our US Health System Reform Center. I joined the Reform Center for six months to deepen our strengths in labor planning for reform, effective patient-centric care models, as well as to build out some of our web-based tools to make day-to-day planning easier for hospital leaders, department managers, and frontline care providers, including nurses. So far, the fellowship has been wonderful, and I have the opportunity to collaborate with top leaders across the firm and the healthcare industry as we help develop solutions and tools that help payors, providers, and patients navigate healthcare reform.

With two of my competition teammates

Another exciting update is my participation in an internal yearly global competition where consultants and our partner "coaches" bring new and innovative ideas forward and present them to firm leaders in a series of for presentation rounds. My team passed the preliminary round, where we competed against other Healthcare Systems & Services teams, and then we were selected as one of the two teams representing our geographic regions (West Coast for me) in the finals. We could not be more thrilled to bring our innovative solution and prototype to the judges. Here's a cool team fact: my team is comprised of five McKinsey women who also happen to be some of my best friends at the firm. I feel quite lucky that I get to mix work, friends, and competition. As we like to say, only at McKinsey!

Wish my team luck as we compete this June!


About the blogger

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Meredith began her McKinsey career as a Business Analyst after graduating from Dartmouth College and Thayer School of Engineering with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. She took an educational leave of absence to earn her MBA at Tuck and returned to our San Francisco office full-time in 2012. Now an Associate Partner, she mainly serves healthcare payor and provider clients, as well as various not-for-profit clients in global health. Outside of work, Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, snowboarding, cooking, hiking, golfing, and traveling.