What she knows
Kennedy’s entrepreneurial journey began when she left the US to work as an investment banker in Asia and India. She soon experienced many of the challenges of global mobility, such as finding an apartment and opening a bank account – frustrating experiences that prompted her to drive change.
At LBS, Kennedy gained a diverse global network. She says: “This created a whole new set of opportunities, one of which was the chance to work part-time for Heather McGregor from Taylor Bennett, who writes a weekly column in the Financial Times. A great mentor, she introduced me to contacts ranging from FTSE 100 chairmen to members of the royal family.”
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One of her biggest lessons is unwavering dedication. She says: “When you start out, you need passion. Turning an idea into a profitable business is hard and people will question your every move. If you don’t 100% believe in what you’re trying to accomplish, you won’t be able to convince others to join you on your journey.
“Modern careers require global perspectives, strong networks and innovative thought.”
What she’s known for
Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner for UK and Ireland at McKinsey & Company, has been featured by the Financial Times as one of the ‘European Women to Watch’ as well as the 30 most influential people in the City of London. Over 20 years she’s become a powerful spokesperson on racial and gender diversity.
In 1989, Hunt joined the US Peace Corps, working as a midwife and care worker in Senegal. She then became a researcher for management consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton, before moving into healthcare. Prior to her latest role, Hunt led McKinsey’s pharmaceutical and medical products strategy in EMEA. Now she provides strategic advice to leading British firms in the private, public and third sectors. “If women – who account for half the world’s population – do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer.”