Lisbon. The launching post for the discovery of the new world, home of stunning architectural and culinary delights and, for one weekend only, the destination of choice for the 2017 London L.E.K. associate trip. 42 Associates made the journey across to Lisbon and, although only 40 made it back initially, the trip must go down as a roaring success.
I write this from the 34th floor of one of the tallest skyscrapers, on one of the busiest shopping streets (Nanjing Road), in the world’s largest city (Shanghai). The West gives China a list of superlatives so my last six months on swap here has been a test to see what life is really like behind all the hype – interspersed with casework of course... It turns out it is pretty good!
Upon entering 2017, the Community Impact Committee at L.E.K. decided that the first quarter initiative would be around health and wellness. Throughout our research to find partnering organizations, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) was one of the organizations that stood out. PYD was an incredible fit with the health and wellness initiative as they have a particular focus in supporting the strengths and abilities of youth with disabilities. Their focus on creating a positive outlook of health and wellness for everyone in the community is why we felt compelled to get involved with the organization.
Earlier this month, L.E.K. NYC and SF joined Cycle for Survival in a fight against rare cancer. Cycle for Survival is a nationwide spinning fundraiser where 100% of all donations go directly to rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Recently, L.E.K.'s Chief Talent Officer, Lauren Reddy, sat down with Business Because to discuss how L.E.K. plans to actively recruit MBA's looking for strong problem-solving, teamwork, and management skills.
When I started at L.E.K., I wondered if my degree in International Politics (IPOL) from Georgetown had prepared me sufficiently for the challenging work ahead, or whether I instead should have studied business. In retrospect, my worries were unfounded. The learning curve of the associate job is steep and pushes the intellectual limits of every new hire regardless of major. Similar to Hagrid’s description of new students entering Hogwarts, “everyone starts at the beginning” at L.E.K.
What surprised me most about my summer internship at L.E.K. was the extent to which the firm provided my fellow interns and me with resources that set us up to succeed and ensured we all had enjoyable summers.
Now that it’s been about year since I’ve started at L.E.K., the question that I get asked the most is “Was it what you expected?” I typically respond with something generic and appropriate, while on the inside laughing (somewhat hysterically) as the truth is – this isn’t really a job that lends itself well to set expectations.