At the end of a great year and start of a greater one, it is a perfect time to let you know what I have been up to and ask you to share your latest with me.
2010 redefined whirlwind for me. My first full year at McKinsey & Company was bursting full of drinking-from-a-fire-hose professional growth, working with incredibly talented colleagues, and perpetually living out of a carry-on. My projects have been varied and interesting, and it is inspiring being out of school and doing something tangible and satisfying. For a sense of how nomadic the job can be, check out this video overview of the tracks I made this year.
In the spirit of exploration, I transferred to our Shanghai office in September for a year of working in and exploring China and Asia. The year I spent in Atlanta was most certainly too short, and I hope to return someday to be reunited with that amazing city and the good friends I made there. However, the chance to work in China at this time of rapid growth and change is too unique an opportunity to pass up.
In personal news:
- Slowly but surely learning Mandarin, though when I try putting it into practice hilarity/confusion still very much ensues
- Ran my first fundraising marathon in honor of my cancer-survivor girlfriend Kate, raising $11K thanks to the support of over 300 friends! Training highlights included running up the Rocky steps in Philadelphia, in a haunted forest in Germany, and through more blizzards than my skinny legs could shiver at
- Attended the Kentucky Derby for the first time and picked the winning horse! … among my 65 other, larger losing bets
- Snuck home from Kuala Lumpur via Singapore, Tokyo, and San Francisco to surprise my parents for Thanksgiving
This next year should be a good one. I am hoping for more travel adventures, new professional achievements, some crazy physical challenge TBD, and the company of good friends.
All my best to you and yours for a 2011 that is healthy, joyous, successful, and full of laughter and love!