Spotlight on A.T. Kearney’s Social Impact
A.T. Kearney is a global management consulting firm and a sponsor of the Melbourne Microfinance Initiative. The firm works with more than two-thirds of the Fortune Global 500 as well as the most influential governmental and non-profit organisations. We talked with Claire Latham, a manager at A.T. Kearney Sydney, about her work on a pro-bono consulting project for Minimbah.
Introducing Clare Latham
Clare studied Civil Engineering at university before joining the firm as a Business Analyst. Since then she has enjoyed eight exciting years of consulting in based in Sydney with a two-year stint in the firm’s London office. Throughout her career at A.T. Kearney, Clare has worked a diverse range of consulting projects and industries, ranging from insurance to retail goods (including a project on women’s lingerie products). Most importantly, she has had the opportunity to work on three pro-bono projects - the focus of today’s article.
Clare’s Work with Minimbah
A.T Kearney has worked on two separate pro-bono projects with Minimbah - a NSW based not for profit that provides support facilities for adults with severe intellectual disabilities.
Clare has a personal connection with Minimbah as her sister is a client of Minimbah, and her mother is a board member. In fact, it was Clare’s mother who first approached A.T. Kearney, after hearing about Clare’s previous pro-bono work with the firm. Of course, A.T. Kearney was happy to help and volunteered a team of consultants to help with the organisation’s challenges.
Clare’s most recent project was a governance and strategy overview with Minimbah in 2014. The project focused on the Minimbah’s service offerings and capabilities, looking at whether the organisation should change its board and governance processes to better reach its goals.
Prior to that, A.T. Kearney first assisted Minimbah back in 2009 when a team of consultants helped develop the organisation’s five-year growth strategy. The team produced recommendations to help Minimbah navigate the changing disability services industry, which will soon be going through a series of changes due to the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The team’s work with Minimbah eventually lead the organisation to open at a second location and support more clients.
The Impact on Minimbah
A.T. Kearney’s work has been invaluable to the organisation. Minimbah has been able to grow in significantly in both size and impact. Its new strategic plan prepared in conjunction with A.T. Kearney outlines Minimbah’s goals to nearly double its client base to 140 people, increase its financial stability by increasing its revenues from $2.4m to $5m, and become a more influential organisation. Furthermore, working with A.T. Kearney has lend a source of credibility to Minimbah, allowing the organisation to form stronger partnerships and relationships with other organisations.
In short, A.T. Kearney’s work has helped Minimbah to sustainably provide its much-needed services to individuals with disabilities.
A.T. Kearney’s Commitment to Giving Back
Clare is proud of the pro-bono work that A.T. Kearney has undertaken - be it with Minimbah or other organisations such as the Smith Family Foundation. She believes that consultants can have a tremendous positive impact on communities through bring structured thinking and insights to solving problems.
A.T. Kearney’s pro-bono work is testament to the value the firm places on giving back to the community. It is a part of the ‘essential rightness’ that the firm’s founder, Andrew Thomas Kearney, believed in when he founded the firm back in 1926. Today these values still live on in the thousands of A.T. Kearney consultants worldwide, who regularly engage in a variety of pro-bono projects.