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Tahia

Director of NA Client Finance, Tampa - Service Center
Finance
After 20 years, Tahia is still charting her own path at McKinsey, developing new roles, and changing the status quo. That freedom has helped this accountant-by-training succeed.

Get To Know Tahia

I never wanted to be a CPA, and if you told me I had to audit, I might scream. My role here allows me to use my accounting knowledge and strengths in other areas.

I joined McKinsey about 20 years ago; it was only my second job after graduating college. Eventually, I left for four years, but came back to the firm in 2011. I just couldn’t stay away!

My team manages the firm’s economics: from the moment a partner engages a client with a proposal until the financials have run their course. We advise partners on budgeting, tracking, reporting, and more.

My focus as director of client finance is on operations, processes, customer service, and understanding the big picture, which is why I found success here. I never wanted to be a CPA, and if you told me I had to audit, I might scream. My role here allows me to showcase my accounting knowledge and strengths in other areas.

A nontraditional climb up the ladder

Outside of my initial interviews in 2011, I have not applied to a specific role. In fact, the roles I’ve held didn’t exist before I helped to create them, so my advancement has largely been due to seizing the right moments to create new opportunities.

In some workplaces, you’re an accountant one for two years and can only become an accountant two if the existing accountant two leaves. It’s different at McKinsey. I can explore my interests and other parts of the firm and grow into different roles.

More about me

I am a member of the McKinsey Black Network and GLAM, McKinsey’s global LGBTQ+ network. I have been married for 22 years and I have a 21-year-old and a 17-year-old daughter. I recently picked up gardening.

EDUCATION

Georgia State University
BBA, accounting

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