Our Culture

Women At Oliver Wyman (WOW)


Alison Grigg,
If you can see it, you can be it.
Alison Grigg, Director, London

#IWD2020: Each For Equal

The theme of this year's International Women's Day - #EachForEqual - identifies the importance of the individual in the fight for a gender equal world. We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors, and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. We can all choose to be #EachforEqual. How will you help forge a gender equal world?

At Oliver Wyman, we celebrate today a robust and growing mentorship initiative where women leaders - and male allies - at the firm are serving as role models and advisors, not only for professional development purposes but also as a way to promote gender equality at an individual level.

Below, women share their stories of giving and receiving inspiration and growth opportunities in our offices around the world. Click on each photo to learn how these women are driving gender parity at Oliver Wyman - and making a positive difference for all women in business:

Pepa Chiarri,
It is a joy to see so many women grow into their best-selves.
Pepa Chiarri, Partner, Madrid
Lisa Lauton,
The WOW council has helped me immensely, especially in situations where my male colleagues could not fully relate to the experiences I had and their impact on me.
Lisa Lauton, Senior Consultant, Berlin

#IWD2019: Oliver Wyman Superheroes

International Women’s Day 2019 is a historic day in many ways. It celebrates how far women have come in working to achieve intersectional equality; it ruminates on the ways we can continue to strive for a more equal world, how we can #BalanceForBetter. It is also the day that Captain Marvel, a film produced by Marvel Studios, makes its debut. For the first time in Marvel’s history, a female heroine takes the lead of her own movie. But, the powerful Carol Danvers is not the only superheroine who we can honor.

We have many colleagues that embody that same determined spirit that drives them to go “Higher. Further. Faster.” To that end, we asked the women of Oliver Wyman: “What’s your superpower?

Click on each of their photos to learn their secrets to success in the workplace and beyond. Read their recent work that is creating breakthroughs in industries from healthcare and banking to human capital, what they have done to achieve the amazing.

I’m a woman. That’s my superpower.
Michelle Hill, Vice President, Automotive & Manufacturing Industries

So, what's your superpOWer?

More About Women At Oliver Wyman

Transforming Business And Society

Female leaders at Oliver Wyman are influencing at the highest level and driving real change on the most important issues of our time – from better healthcare, to advising on Brexit and guiding on the growing use of analytics. Each of these partners is having an impact on our client’s business and on society more broadly.

Ways To Get Involved

Supporting a culture that values differenceWe are not all the same and Women at Oliver Wyman (WOW) works to ensure that our differences are recognized, appreciated, and supported. With 30 chapters and hundreds of members globally, we are a network of colleagues of all genders working together to enable a culture where we view gender diversity (and its many intersections) as both an asset and a competitive edge.

Enabling a culture that thrives togetherWOW believes that for our firm to thrive, we must enable a culture where all of our colleagues feel included and personally capable of success at our firm – including women at Oliver Wyman. To ensure this, WOW works to:

  • Attract, retain and develop our female talent to full potential
  • Foster a more respectful and inclusive environment for everyone
  • Be an ambassador for the Oliver Wyman brand externally (with clients and recruits)

Reaching worldwide and supporting locallyWOW is run by a collection of highly engaged colleagues spanning the globe. Local chapter leads ensure that colleagues have the support they need on the ground, while the Global Leadership Team works to grow the organization and ensure maximum ROI from the firm’s investment.

WOW Global Leadership Team: Amy Childs, Elinor Turner, Karina Swette, Margarita Economides, and Khadija Haque.

Executive Sponsors: Ana Kreacic and Christian Edelmann.

For more information please email WOW-info@oliverwyman.com

Pushing the firm forwardWOW serves to foster greater inclusion through its programs, initiatives, and events:

Reverse Mentoring

Sometimes the biggest barrier to inclusion is lack of awareness.  WOW tackles this challenge with Reverse Mentoring, a small-group program where junior staff “mentors” share their thoughts and personal inclusion challenges with senior staff “mentees”.  Often eye-opening, mentors' stories help reinforce the importance of maintaining an inclusive and respectful culture, not only for women, but for all Oliver Wyman colleagues.

Sharing Stories

One of the challenges of being a global company is ensuring that all of our staff has access to strong female leaders. The WOW Sharing Stories initiative improves visibility of, and access to, our most senior female leaders via written profiles and local office events. These profiles provide insight into the motivations, choices, and tradeoffs leaders have to make to reach their version of success; and in doing so, they demonstrate the possibility of success for all Oliver Wyman colleagues.

International Women's Day

WOW’s annual International Women’s Day events celebrate the global economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. WOW members, firm leaders, and OW staff from across the globe come together to learn and share perspectives on the value of gender diversity, women in leadership, and enabling truly inclusive cultures.

External Speaker Series

Expert opinions, innovative ideas, tips, tricks, and resources – that’s what you can expect from our guests when WOW hosts an external speaker event.  Over the last few years we’ve had a series of deep, innovative, and provocative sessions about gender diversity, women in the workplace, and enabling a culture of inclusion

  • Antonia Romeo, Director General of Criminal Justice and Board Champion for Diversity at the UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
  • Karen C. Altfest, Ph.D., CFP, Principal Advisor and Executive VP of Client Relations; ranked by Financial Times amongst the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors & named to Investment News “Women to Watch” list
  • Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director of Women for Women International
  • Ana Carla Abrão Costa, Finance Minister of Goiás, Brazil.  Former Director at Itaú-Unibanco
  • Mariela Dabbah, CEO & Founder, Red Shoe Movement
  • Alison Bloom-Feshbach & Marie Poyet, co-founders of  Know Your Crew (KYC)
  • Professor  Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership & Learning, Director of INSEAD’s Fund for Research in Leadership & Diversity,  listed on the Harvard Business Review’s “The 50 Most Influential Management Gurus”
  • Sylvia Hewitt, renowned speaker, economist, and the founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, a nonprofit think tank where she chairs a Task Force focused on fully realizing the new streams of talent in the global marketplace

30% Club

WOW is proud to partnered with the 30% Club, a UK based organization focused on achieving a minimum of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards and 30% Executive Committee membership by 2020. WOW most recently joined the 30% club in a cross-company mentoring scheme involving more than 35 high-caliber organisations. 

Community Engagement

  • Rosie’s Place (Boston): WOW members supported a local shelter for poor and homeless women.
  • Toiletry Drive (Chicago): Traveling consultants stay in a lot of hotels and unused toiletries come in handy for the women at many shelters throughout Chicago. WOW is proud to sponsor clothing drives and fundraisers throughout the city across several organizations.
  • La Carrera de la Mujer (“Race for Life”) & Muestra mejores Mujeres (Madrid): Oliver Wyman men and women have participated annually in the 30,000 strong race through central Madrid, “La Carrera de la Mujer”, which raises awareness and funds for cancer research. WOW also raises funds for “Muestra Mejores Mujeres”, a program dedicated to women at risk of social exclusion.
  • Safe Horizons (New York): WOW supports the Safe Horizons organization which assists families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City. Donations occur throughout the year culminating in the annual “WOW Warm Wishes” drive where the broader OW staff are encouraged to bring new or gently used “warm” items such as mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, thermals, blankets or sleeping bags for youth aged 13-24. Along with travel-sized toiletries, such donations are then given to the organization.