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Ashley Thomas

Senior ExpertAtlanta

Helps clients unlock and amplify talent as a key lever for sustainable, inclusive growth

Ashley is an associate partner, delivery expert, and a core leader with McKinsey’s People and Organizational Performance Practice.

In this role, Ashley supports clients on a variety of talent topics, including capability building and leadership development at scale. She has over 10 years of experience advising clients on a variety of operations-oriented topics, most specifically unlocking individual potential to help organizations succeed through innovation and transformation.

Her latest work and research focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters and their impact on promoting sustainable, inclusive growth.

One of Ashley’s professional joys has been overseeing participant experiences with McKinsey’s Connected Leaders Academy (CLA), an extension of the firm’s 10 Actions toward racial justice and equity. Through CLA, Ashley helps organizations develop leaders in different stages of their careers. Since 2020, CLA has delivered virtual leadership training programs to more than 67,000 participants from over 1,000 cross-sector organizations.

Published work

Diversity matters even more: The case for holistic impact,” McKinsey & Company, December 5, 2023


Northwestern University

Georgia Institute of Technology
B.A./B.S., Finance