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We foster and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization
At Strategy&, we are dedicated to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that not only reflects the diverse and dynamic world of business, but also drives innovation and excellence in our daily consulting work for our clients. Our commitment includes:
Furthermore, we invest in education and training to raise awareness, challenge biases, and foster a culture of continuous growth in matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We engage with our communities to support initiatives that advance DEI, knowing that our success is intertwined with the well-being of society.
By championing these principles, we aim to not only strengthen ourselves as a leading strategy consulting firm, but also make a meaningful impact in shaping a more equitable and inclusive world.
Here are three examples of actions and programs that we have in place to demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Family and Career program
Our Family and Career program offers flexible support and empowers our employees to individually shape their career while starting a family, independent of their role at home. Our offering covers the journey from starting a family, over parental leave to returning and progressing (part-time) in consulting. Apart from our firm’s investment in compatibility, a chosen Family and Career Coach supports (expectant) parents as a guardian to develop a tailored work model, build the bridge to colleagues during absences, maintain clients relationships and accompany colleagues in their further career progression.
St. Gallen Mini MBA
In collaboration with the University of St. Gallen, we offer a 'Mini MBA’ course for Strategy& colleagues who have not completed a business administration or economics degree. In the class, participants learn about the interaction of companies and markets and get an overview of the most important business terms. They learn how to apply the most important strategy tools, hone their strategic thinking, and learn about financial control variables. In addition to that, we offer further tailor-made trainings for every colleague in line with their educational backgrounds. These programs aim to equip participants with practical skills and knowledge which they can apply to their next projects in order to fully exploit their abilities as strategy consultants.
Tipping Point Leader workshops
In order to educate our employees on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics, raise awareness, and maintain workplace sensitivity across the organization, we have launched a workshop series called ‘Tipping Point Leaders’. Physical workshops in our European offices as well as regular virtual morning sessions on DEI topics such as unconscious bias, group dynamics, language, desired behaviors or LGBTQIA+ set impulses and inspire to change patterns of thinking and behavior. Our staff network of around 120 members to date facilitates peer exchange, cascades activities and regularly shares best practices.
Learn more about how our team around our partners Gülbahar Tezel and Andreas Pratz is committed to making the Strategy&’s ambitious diversity, equity, and inclusion targets a reality by 2030. In this interview, they share their own career journeys and discuss why they are so passionate about Strategy&’s innovative approach to DEI.
Nicole is a Manager at Strategy& Germany and focuses on organizational and transformational strategies. Her areas of expertise include diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), workforce challenges in the digital age, culture and leadership development. In her free time, Nicole loves sailing and spending time in the mountains.
Stephanie is a Senior Manager based in the Amsterdam office. She has been with Strategy& since 2009, originally based in the MENA region and transferred to Europe in 2022. She supports our retail and consumer clients on large scale transformations and new capability built. She is also a wife and a mother of a 6-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy and while she is not working or mothering, she enjoys yoga and baking.
Defne is a Senior Associate based in the Istanbul office. She became part of the Strategy& team in 2021 after graduating from Bilkent University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. During her free time, Defne enjoys practicing Pilates, exploring new destinations, and capturing moments through photography.
Freia is a Senior Associate at Strategy& Germany. She joined Strategy& in 2021 after completing her Master‘s degree in industrial engineering at KIT in Karlsruhe with a focus on materials science, digital transformation and artificial intelligence. Her client projects involve around technology strategy and digital solutions.
Maik is a Senior Manager in the Berlin office and has been with Strategy& since 2014. He works in the digital and technology strategy as well as retail and consumer practices with a focus on digital business models, innovation, data and AI. As a father of an infant son, Maik benefits from our Family and Career program. In his free time, he loves to run and travel the world.
Harish is a Senior Associate at Strategy& Germany and works in the automotive industry with a focus on autonomous driving, electric powertrain, and semiconductors. After growing up in India, he first moved to Germany in 2013 as an exchange student and later for his master’s degree at RWTH Aachen University.
“The Mini-MBA program equipped me with the perfect blend of skills required for solving any consulting case – from developing capabilities-based strategies for different industries to analyzing a balance sheet. Discussing the case studies with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and hearing their different perspectives was the absolute highlight of the program.”