McKinsey's Liz Hilton Segel named a 2018 Working Mother of the Year

02 October 2018 4 min. read
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McKinsey & Company’s North America Managing Partner – Liz Hilton Segel – was chosen as a 2018 Working Mother of the Year. Hilton Segel, the first woman to lead McKinsey’s North America operations, has been with the management consultancy since 1992.

Every year, the organizations named to Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list are asked to name their ‘Working Mother of the Year.’ The honored employee, according to the publication’s website, is “a mom who demonstrates a deep commitment to work, family and community, and shows leadership in making a real difference.”

Management consulting firm McKinsey & Company’s choice for its Working Mother of the Year 2018 is Liz Hilton Segel, Managing Partner of the firm’s North America operations. Mom to two teenagers, Daniel, 17, and Kate, 14, Hilton Segel is the first woman to lead McKinsey in North America.

"Many people don't know I was elected partner while on maternity leave with my first child," Hilton Segel told Working Mother magazine. "I also worked part-time for five years. When my son was 6, he told me he wanted me to pick him up from school. I took it seriously."

From 2007-2012, Hilton Segel worked a part-time schedule to match time off to her kids’ vacation schedules. "It was important to me to spend more time with my kids and still have the client impact I wanted," she related.

Then, when her kids got older, Hilton Segel decided to go back full-time and take on her first leadership role. “We talked about it, and they said go for it," she said.McKinsey's Liz Hilton Segel named a 2018 Working Mother of the YearHilton Segel is a long-serving veteran of McKinsey, having joined the firm more than 25 years ago. Before becoming the firm’s North America head, she served as the Managing Partner of the Marketing & Sales practice in the Americas, supporting clients across a range of industries, including finance, telecom, media, and retail. Prior to that, Hilton Segel was Managing Partner of the New York office. During her long tenure at the firm, Hilton Segel’s client work has focused mainly on growth strategy and revenue performance improvement.

Additionally, she is a member of the McKinsey Shareholders Council (board of directors), as well as a member of the firm’s global partnership service team. Hilton Segel is a founding member of the Harvard Business School Women’s Club of New York, and has served on the boards of customer analytics firm ClickFox and education non-profit Prep for Prep.

She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Harvard University.

"She is long respected as an innovator in her client work focused on consumer marketing, growth strategy, and performance improvement, and in leadership roles as head of marketing and sales, the New York office, and member of the Shareholders' Council,” said McKinsey of Hilton Segel.

Consulting firms had a strong showing on the publication’s list of top working-mother-friendly companies, based on their efforts to provide robust maternity benefits and leave, as well as flexible working arrangements – including flex-time, telecommuting, etc.

Other 2018 Working Mothers of the Year from consultancies were: Marie Risser, Senior Lead Technologist , Booz Allen Hamilton; Lori Morelli, Senior Director and National Leader, Brand and Integrated Marketing, BDO USA; Laura Kotzeff, Director of Talent Development, L.E.K. Consulting; Christy Sovereign, Senior Managing Director, Minneapolis, Accenture; Debbie Lovich, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group; Emily Frasier, Manager, Bain & Company; Helen Rubin, Audit Manager, RSM; Ankita Mirchandani, Senior Manager, Operational Transaction Advisory Services, EY; Catie Ely, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton.