After graduating from Northwestern, consulting wasn’t a clear choice for Danielle. She considered pursuing a PhD, but was encouraged by a professor to experience the real world. Consulting was her first job, and Danielle found it was a dynamic place to learn and also have fun, so she returned to the profession after business school to McKinsey and has been growing her career there ever since.
What Danielle Does
To many clients, Danielle is the face of McKinsey. She spends the majority of her time outside of the office meeting with them, understanding their needs, and ensuring they feel cared for. For Danielle, client relationships are an ongoing thing: She’ll meet with senior clients on a continual basis, and when there's a need identified for some extra help, she'll enlist a team (or several teams) of analysts, associates, and experts to home in on the specific problem and devise recommendations on the best plan of action for moving forward.
“In many ways, we talk about how people make their own McKinsey, and that is really compelling to me because I feel like I’ve talked to a lot of folks who do exactly that.”
“I decided to come back into consulting with the expectation that I would stay for two or three or four years and, frankly, just continued to learn and have fun. It felt like I was doing new and different things all the time, so I’m still here nine years later.”
“One of the things I’ve been really excited about since I’ve been here is the ability to do a lot of different projects in many different parts of the world.”