The firm aims to make a meaningful, significant impact on society.

Jenn - Global Manager, Alumni & Community

Managing the Alumni Program & Oliver Wyman for Society

When I first started at Oliver Wyman, the global alumni program was doing about 15 events around the world and connecting with a small group of people in only a handful of places. In 2018 after only two years we tripled the number of events and had a record setting year for alumni attending our events and re-connecting with the firm. Being able to bring people together more consistently has been such a great thing to see. It was also wonderful to have OW’s program recognized by SHRM magazine and have the acknowledgement that our program is growing and well put together.

There’s always something interesting happening within the firm as it’s full of people who are entrepreneurial and driven, but also compassionate. When I first started I was tasked with keeping track of the volunteering everyone does across the firm and operationalizing our social impact projects. These two areas were siloed and separate at that time, even though many worked with the same organizations! After doing an audit of what employees were doing in these areas and beyond, the firm was open to letting me build a program that pulled together these great initiatives – and this is how Oliver Wyman for Society was born! Creating a program that united our impactful nonprofit work while increasing the resources and communications for everyone involved, that also strengthened the firm’s values gave me such a huge sense of accomplishment.

 

Personal Goals

Personal and professional goals are very important to me! I care very deeply about a flexible work schedule and a strong work/life balance which enables me to do everything I want to do in and out of work, and OW has been great at letting me manage my time in a way that works day to day. Coming from startup life I was somewhat worried about possible rigid corporate structures and I was pleasantly surprised to find OW to be so open, flexible, and encouraging. Additionally, OW takes the goal setting process each year very serious which has helped to keep me accountable and excited. This aligned with my own accountability structure outside of work, and having these two areas complement each other has led to my overall development.

 

Outside of Day to Day Work

Oliver Wyman has so many ways to get involved, and it really speaks to the collaborative and friendly culture that I find so important and integral at work. Overseeing the Oliver Wyman for Society program I mostly find myself volunteering with the New York Office’s volunteering committee any chance I get, and I try to attend as many social gatherings as I can – of which there are many! On Fridays we have themed Happy Hours in the office, which is a really great way to reconnect with everyone I don’t always get to see throughout the week.