2022 McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders EMEA Program

Deadline: March 21, 2022.

The first Next Generation Women Leaders (NGWL) event took place in Paris in 2012. The event brought together individuals who self-identify as women from across Europe and the Middle East who enjoyed three days of inspirational workshops, discussions, and networking.

During our NGWL events attendees explore the importance of women in leadership and refine their own leadership skills. Over the years we have run additional initiatives to further support women’s leadership under the NGWL umbrella including events in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.


To be considered for NGWL EMEA, you must be currently based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa (or have strong ties with Europe, the Middle East, or Africa). You must also be:

  • a bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, or MBA student graduating no later than 2023
  • a professional with up to eight years of work experience


  1. Inspiring three-day virtual event: The program starts with a virtual event on May 5-7, 2022, where attendees will explore the importance of women in leadership, develop a sense of connection, and create a long-lasting community.
  2. Interview preparation program: All NGWL EMEA attendees who would like to learn more about McKinsey’s recruiting process will be invited to an interview-preparation program. Participants will learn about our case and personal-experience interviews, join Q&A sessions, and practice cases in small groups.
  3. Local in-person networking events: Attendees will be invited to small, in-person local meetups to meet McKinsey consultants and recruiters, and network with other NGWL attendees.
  4. Certificate: Upon attending our NGWL EMEA event, a digital certificate of attendance will be provided to confirm your participation.


To apply, please submit the following

  • Your resume in English, which should include details of your education and grades, work experience, and extracurricular activities and achievements
  • Office location (based on geographic or industry ties) OR business function (based on industry experience)—this is necessary so that our colleagues from those offices or business functions can objectively review your application
  • Cover letter (maximum of 250 words), where you can tell us about your motivation to join the event, any leadership experience, or simply add anything to support your application, beyond the information included in your CV, e.g., your personal achievements or circumstances to select a specific office
  • Transcripts (only required by some locations – please see details below)
  • As part of your application, you will be asked to complete an online assessment (~60 minutes). This does not require any preparation or prior business knowledge. More details will be shared within a few weeks after submitting your application.


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