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McKinsey & Company: Women's Leadership Challenge Program

Modified: August 31, 2016

The Mckinsey & Company Women's Leadership Challenge (WLC) Program offers a series of session professional development opportunities with leadership experts. Experts will present professional programming topics via video, and host in-person debrief sessions led by McKinsey women following each video session. These debrief sessions, held in regional offices, and will allow for connecting with peers in the geographical area and for fine-tuning participants’ leadership styles throughout the year. In addition to the professional programming and debrief sessions, participants will be assigned a McKinsey Mentor that will provide support over the course of the program. The Mentors will connect informally throughout the year and can help with the consideration of a potential application to McKinsey for full-time opportunities in the future. Individuals selected as a WLC participant are guaranteed a first-round interview if they choose to apply after completion of the program.

The program is open to women with advanced degrees, including PhDs, JDs, postdocs, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows, at Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, Stanford and University of Chicago who will complete their programs in 2018 and 2019. 

Online applications are due by September 18. All applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified within a few weeks of the application deadline. Finalists will be invited to take an online assessment in late September, and selected participants will be notified by mid-October. The program starts in November 2016 and runs through May 2017.

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