McKinsey chief awarded Trevor Project honor for LGTB efforts

15 June 2018

Dominic Barton, global managing director at McKinsey & Company, was awarded the Trevor Project’s 20/20 Visionary Award on behalf of the Big Three strategy consultancy. McKinsey’s efforts to support LGBT staff and young people in local communities helped it secure the prestigious award.

At its 20th annual ceremony in New York, pop superstar Rita Ora performed and millions were raised in donations for the Trevor Project – a leading nonprofit organization which offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention strategies for LGBT youth. Television producers Lena Waithe and Greg Berlanti were among the three people awarded for their services to this vulnerable community.

The other was McKinsey chief Dominic Barton. The Canadian consultant – now in the last of his three terms as global managing partner – won the 20/20 Visionary Award which celebrates businesses and leaders which encourage LGBT employees and contribute to the broader community.

Amit Paley, executive director of the Trevor Project said that McKinsey “has done a huge amount for LGBTQ people in general, for youth specifically, and for The Trevor Project in particular,”

“They have had early on for their employees who are part of same-sex relationships, an LGBTQ employee group, and cover gender-affirmation surgery for trans employees. Barton, in particular, has been integral in pushing for policies and creating a culture at McKinsey that supports the LGBTQ community."Dominic Barton awarded Trevor Project honor for LGTB effortsPaley is himself a former McKinsey consultant who volunteered as a counselor at Trevor in 2012. His chief of staff, Sam Dorrison, is also a McKinsey alumni who describes the consulting firm’s impact on Trevor as “immeasurable”.

“I am personally honored and humbled to accept the 20/20 Visionary Award on behalf of McKinsey,” said Barton. “It’s so important that our LGBTQ youth know that they are beautiful and that they are not alone. We want the best people in the world—in all the ways that they are diverse.”

“We have a mission statement with two equal parts. The first is to have a lasting impact on our clients and the second is to attract and retain the best talent. We can’t do either if we aren’t attracting a broad set of the best available talent. Therefore, we need LGBTQ people to feel comfortable that McKinsey & Company is a good place to work.”

“We have a recruiting program to attract the LGBTQ community. “Our GLAM network is the fastest growing in the firm. Not only from a moral point of view is this important, but from a business and economic point of view it’s important.”

Other leading consultancies agree. LGBT+ initiatives at Bain & Co are led by Joao Soares, who has championed recruitment from the community throughout his career. Over at the Boston Consulting Group there is the LGBT Network. All three firms promote their high inclusivity scores by various rights organizations and Best Places to Work for LGBT employees awards.


Liberty Advisor Group named a 2019 Best Place to Work in Chicago

19 April 2019

Management consultancy Liberty Advisor Group was among the companies named to the 2019 Best Places to Work in Chicago. The ranking was published by Crain’s Chicago Business and administered by Best Companies Group.

Based in Chicago, Liberty provides consulting services in the areas of business and technology strategy, mergers and acquisitions, transformation and assurance, business threat intelligence, and data and analytics. Founded in 2008, the company has worked on over 300 M&A deals and delivered over $1 billion in operating income improvement. Liberty’s diverse clientele has included Fortune 500 companies and major oil & gas and manufacturing firms.

The firm’s lean team of 63 strategists, technologists, and entrepreneurs ultimately focus on helping organizations accelerate growth, drive operational efficiency, and reduce risk.Liberty Advisor Group named a 2019 Best Place to Work in ChicagoThe boutique consultancy has now been named one the Best Places to Work in Chicago, reaching number 68 in the rankings. To build the 100-company ranking, Best Companies Group first evaluated each company’s policies, practices, and demographics, and then analyzed employee surveys reflecting workplace experiences and attitudes. Over 14,000 Chicago-area employees responded to the survey.

"This recognition further confirms that Liberty Advisor Group truly is an excellent place to work, with our unique team of senior, results-focused consultants working to solve clients' toughest business and IT problems," Jay Norman, CEO, Liberty Advisor Group, said. "Thanks to Crain's Chicago Business for this honor, and to everyone at Liberty for exemplifying our core values of inquiry, resolve, candor, integrity, courage, community and entrepreneurship."

Boutique staffing companies Engtal and City Staffing topped the list, coming in first and second place, respectively. Other consulting firms that made the grade were Burwood Group (#5), 10th Magnitude (#9), Pariveda Solutions (#13), Integrated Project Management (#16), West Monroe Partners (#24), and Accenture (#38).

Among its other achievements, Liberty is also a Great Place to Work-Certified organization, and was named the #35 Fastest Growing Firm by Consulting Magazine in 2018 – achieving a 112% growth rate between 2014 and 2017.