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Kelemwork

Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Cleveland
After serving as an air traffic controller in the US Air Force, Kelemwork joined McKinsey where she found exciting work that takes her around the globe and embodies the teamwork she valued so much as a soldier.

Get To Know Kelemwork

I was looking for a place where I could be part of a team, which was critical to me after my time in the service.

I was born in Ethiopia and came to the United States when I was five years old to live with my adoptive family in Indiana.

I attended a high school where 100 percent of graduates typically went to college, but I chose to join the US Air Force instead. I served as an air traffic controller and was deployed overseas.


Making the move from soldier to civilian

I was looking for a place where I could be part of a team, which was critical to me after my time in the service. So, I joined the firm’s Risk Practice in 2015, helping clients across industries respond to financial crises.

I appreciate the flexibility consulting allows, and during my time here, I’ve traveled to many countries, working with clients in banking, risk, and resilience.


Finding purpose outside of my direct role

I am active in Veterans@McKinsey and the McKinsey Black Network, and I consider these communities my second family.

I am an engagement manager on a rotation with our All In, Diversity and Inclusion group, working on racial equity efforts as part of our 10 Actions and coleading research on the racial wealth gap.

EDUCATION

Indiana University: The Kelley School of Business
BS, business administration

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