L.E.K. thrives because of its diverse people
Excellence in diversity and inclusion is an essential component of our core values — and our business. To that end, we seek to attract, retain and promote individuals who reflect the global marketplace and communities in which we work. We are committed to providing and promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone at L.E.K., so that each person can succeed professionally regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sexual orientation, age and/or disability.
We actively engage in diversity recruitment through partnerships with a variety of organizations and events, such as Reaching out MBA (ROMBA), the Forte Foundation and the Management Leaders for Tomorrow. We also partner with many women-in-business, diversity and affinity clubs and organizations on campus, at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
L.E.K. is home to several affinity groups to support and enrich our employees, to make them future leaders at L.E.K. and beyond. They provide members with opportunities for networking and mentorship, and are designed so those members can share and discuss best practices for managing their work/life balance, achieving their career goals and furthering their personal development.
Mosaic@LEK is an affinity group that seeks to attract, recruit, develop, and retain individuals in the L.E.K. community who identify as racial and ethnic minorities. We aim to create a welcoming and supportive community through formal and informal activities across our offices that are designed to foster awareness, support career development, encourage community engagement, and share personal interests and goals. Mosaic@LEK aims to be active participants in L.E.K.’s diversity recruiting efforts across all staff levels. We also invite involvement from L.E.K.'s broader network of allies and alumni in order to promote discussions of diversity and inclusion. Mosiac@LEK includes a number of identity-groups that are formed and led by interested members of the L.E.K. team to help create and sustain an inclusive work environment at L.E.K. Some examples include Black@LEK, LatinX@LEK, Indigenous@LEK, Jewish@LEK, and Asians@LEK.
Women@LEK is the latest iteration of our women-focused initiative, which was created by fusing together our local women’s networks from around the world. It supports global programming, which includes an annual Women’s Summit along with various other ongoing activities. To help achieve our goal of having 20% of U.S. partners be women by 2025, in addition to the mentors all employees have access to, the group ensures we provide female Consultants and Managers with internal sponsors who are actively invested in their career development.
Partner Katya Zubareva discusses the L.E.K. Women’s Network, developed to champion diversity and support women as they grow and develop their consulting career.
The Parents’ Network supports the extensive family-friendly policies we have put in place at L.E.K., which is committed to providing a supportive environment for working parents and has won multiple awards for being a good place for mothers and fathers to work. This affinity group provides resources for employees who have children or are planning to help them balance their goals as professionals and parents — from providing information around internal policies such as flexible work options and leaves of absence to connecting them with external resources through the firm’s healthcare provider.
Vets with Impact is a growing affinity group within L.E.K. The combination of rigorous training and dedication to teamwork that is instilled in veterans aligns perfectly with the skills and values required to be successful at our firm. Members of this group are always willing to speak to other veterans about a career in consulting and can help provide guidance during their transition from the military to a business environment.
Pride@LEK supports the firm’s LGBTQ+ employees, from consultants all the way to the partner level, by offering a welcoming, safe, and empowering environment and creating a sense of community. The group also serves as a resource for both current and prospective employees whose family members identify as LGBTQ+. And Pride@L.E.K. welcomes and encourages involvement from the firm’s broader network of allies in order to promote discussion and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues among the wider L.E.K. community.
Partner Simon Middleton discusses Pride at L.E.K. and its role in supporting LGBTQ+ individuals.
AIDA is an L.E.K. Consulting affinity group founded in 2022 with the goal of supporting the firm’s focus on diversity and inclusion by creating a community that promotes awareness of the unique perspectives involved with living and working in the U.S. as a noncitizen. AIDA is an acronym that stands for “Achieving International Diversity and Awareness,” highlighting the group mission to acknowledge and promote L.E.K.’s international talent pool and foster cross-cultural exchange within the firm. This affinity group provides support and resources across several dimensions, including effective integration into North American culture, connectivity and community with other employees in similar situations, immigration and visa sponsorship, and mentorship.
Women in professional services
We are committed to developing and supporting female colleagues as they become leaders at L.E.K. Consulting and beyond. Managing Director and global co-head of L.E.K.’s industrials practice Carol Wingard discusses her personal career journey with Source Global Consulting, and offers practical insights into how women can forge a successful career in professional services. Read more
Women's Network at L.E.K.
The L.E.K. Women’s Network (WN) underscores our ongoing journey to drive diversity and inclusion. WN leadership has created myriad initiatives and programs — from mentoring to social activities to open-forum discussions — to help everyone within the firm understand the role gender plays in the workplace and to provide knowledge that enables us to support each other in our daily lives and work. Read more.
Jon Piper, Americas
"I transitioned out of the military as a junior officer right at the department head/company commander level. The Consultant role at L.E.K. closely parallels the level of responsibility I would have had if I had stayed in…setting the vision and direction for the broader team with three to four hard-charging college graduates working for me to translate my guidance and direction into material progress. The ‘soft skills’ of management, delegation and leadership are critical to success at L.E.K., and ex-military MBAs have that in spades."
- Eric, Partner, Americas
"As a transitioning service member, I sought a broad exposure to the business world, and L.E.K.’s generalist consulting model offered the best fit. I wanted to maintain a leadership role, and L.E.K. offered the chance to lead case teams on a day-to-day basis as a young consultant. I was also attracted to L.E.K.’s variety of industries, which challenged me to use the military’s 'adapt and overcome' framework to find solutions to problems that weren’t always obvious."
- Michael, Consultant, Americas
"The L.E.K. Women’s Network in London has been an excellent forum to build relationships with senior staff across the company, and I have found this internal network to be an invaluable source of professional advice. The network organizes interesting guest speakers, and is an opportunity to inform discussion of how – culturally and operationally – L.E.K. can better support the needs of female employees."
- Elizabeth, Associate Consultant, Europe
"The L.E.K. Women’s Network has provided me with an opportunity to connect with other women at L.E.K. in both formal and informal settings. On the formal side, we’ve had guest speakers come in and conduct workshops on managing career development, and on the informal side, I’ve been the leader of a discussion group where we share strategies for maintaining work/life balance. The Women’s Network has also given me the chance to deepen relationships with other women at the firm in both a mentor and mentee capacity – all around, an important part of my L.E.K. experience."
- Lindsay, Manager, Americas