Women's History Month is not just an "observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history." It also provides us with an opportunity to reflect (and act) upon the important ways in which our systems and institutions can support women in every aspect of their lives. Moreover, it is a chance for us to examine the advancements that we've made - not to rest on our laurels, but to assess the work that still needs to be done.
The consulting industry has long made diversity and inclusion a priority in recruiting, developing, and empowering talent. In a traditionally male-dominated industry, the world's top consultancies are disrupting the status quo - investing in resources and initiatives to further the hiring, retaining, developing, and promoting of women. Vault recently chatted with women professionals at some of our top-ranked consulting firms to hear about the strides their firms are making.
Emily McNabb leads McKinsey's Women's Diversity & Recruitment initiatives for North America. In the video below, she talks about McKinsey's longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and its industry-leading research on key issues like gender parity. She also has some advice for job seekers looking for companies with long histories of celebrating diversity and encouraging employees to be their authentic selves.
Irene Birbeck is a partner with Clarkston Consulting who manages key accounts with leading clients in the life sciences industry. In the video below, she discusses how Clarkston invests in women through internal initiatives and resources, as well as through the support the firm provides to organizations dedicated to women's advancement across industries.
Below, Maddie Motsko, a solutions architect with LeapPoint, reflects on how the ability to bring her full self to work - her enthusiasm, her character, and her drive - has empowered her to forge deeper connections with clients and colleagues for more purpose-driven work. Ashley Jones, a solutions principal with the firm, shares some advice for finding a firm that's a good fit, emphasizing how LeapPoint's values and policies resonate with her life outside of work.
Erin Smith, a director at Jabian Consulting, encourages job seekers to do their research when looking for the right firm: to find out how they value their people, especially women and minorities. She also discusses how Jabian champions transparency with recruiting candidates by hosting meet-and-greets, encouraging them to speak with current employees and gain an insider's perspective of the firm's values and culture.
Leslie Orne - a senior partner and twenty-year veteran at Trinity - considers gender equity to be her firm's true differentiator in the life sciences consulting industry. At Trinity, two out of three C-suite positions are occupied by women, and 45 percent of the firm's management team is comprised of women. The firm as a whole is nearly 50 percent women. In the video below, Lisa Bailey - director of qualitative services and head of DEI strategy - discusses how the firm's investment in policies, programs, and resources empowers women to thrive in their careers.
Increasing diversity for women and implementing benefits that help women build their careers has been a focus of the accounting industry for many years. Top accounting firms have long been leaders when it comes to generous maternity leave policies, flexible schedule policies, and work-from-home options.
Increasing racial and ethnic diversity has become a primary focus within the legal industry, and the conversation has been especially at the forefront in the wake of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd. While progress has been slow going overall—nearly 90 percent of law firm partners are white and just 2 percent of equity partners are Black, according to the 2020 Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey—many firms have prioritized their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Today, we're thrilled to announce the release of our annual rankings of the Best Consulting Firms to Work For in North America for 2021! Vault's Consulting Rankings highlight the best firms in 42 categories and include the overall Top 50, the Most Prestigious Consulting Firms, the Best Boutique Consulting Firms, the Best Consulting Firms in Each Practice Area, and the Best Consulting Firms to Work For in key employment factors including compensation, work/life balance, corporate culture, and more.
Over the course of this past year, beginning at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and extending into the fall, Vault worked closely with more than 130 of the world’s top consulting firms to coordinate the distribution of our annual survey to employees around the world.
The journey to becoming an attorney is a windy road filled with late-night study sessions, high-pressure exams, and tough competition—all of which can contribute to mental health challenges. With an estimated 40% of law students experiencing depression by graduation, it is important to understand that you are not alone if you are suffering from depression.