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– Hi everyone –

A new role and an entrepreneurial nomination

I’ll start off with my most exciting news: I was recently designated to the Associate Partner (AP) role! This is the role immediately preceding the Partner role, and it’s a big step forward. As I wrote in my last post, I was ready to move into the AP role and had actually started to do some AP-level work, while still leading teams as an Engagement Manager. When my evaluator, Kate told me the news, I immediately felt relief that I could now begin to focus 100% on the AP role.

With my friend Miriam at the Global Energy and Materials (GEM) Connect event

To be honest, I have always harbored a small amount of doubt about my work at the firm. Would my path be easier if I did more mainstream work? Will I be viewed as too “different” for the partner track? I am happy to share that the feedback I got from the election committee was very encouraging and I am in a good position. This news was so uplifting to hear, primarily because it means that I can continue following my passion for cleantech and sustainability. 

Celebrating a victory during the GEM Connect event

The AP designations are broadcast more widely than earlier tenure promotions, and I have received really lovely congratulatory notes from colleagues around the world. This has made the news even more special.

I was also recently nominated for an award for the most entrepreneurial Engagement Manager. This was based partly on my recent work on how to use carbon dioxide, and talks I gave on the topic at World Economic Forum and 10 Downing Street.

London office retreat amidst Brexit news

I attended our London office retreat in June, which was held at a beautiful resort on the coast of Portugal. The retreat started on the day the “Brexit” news was announced, so it was an interesting few days dominated by conversations about the implications of this vote. Nonetheless, it was a great opportunity to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old ones, sharing meals and spending time together.

My recent whereabouts

In April, between projects, I was able to dash away for a wonderful holiday to the Seychelles with a friend of mine. We got a lot of sun, walked on beach, took hikes, and just relaxed by the pool. Over the course of the week, I got through three books! 

Enjoying vacation in the Seychelles

In May and June, I unfortunately did not succeed in my attempt to stay close to London. I ended up travelling non-stop throughout Europe, doing strategy work for an energy player. It was an unusual couple of months for me, focusing intently on one engagement and working very closely with a Senior Partner.

In late June, I spent several days attending external events on energy and climate change. These events are a good way to keep up on the latest news and developments in this space and to get to know people in the industry. 

Now I am off for the full summer (July and August) to take German lessons in Munich, and just relax a bit in the biergartens! I flew back to the UK only once, for a 2-day internal knowledge-sharing and networking event hosted by our Global Energy and Materials (GEM) practice, which was really more fun than ‘work’.

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.