At TransUnion, we’re committed to increasing the number of underrepresented groups in management levels. One important way we’re accomplishing this is by providing ample development opportunities for our associates in underrepresented groups.
In 2021, we launched our partnership with McKinsey & Company for their Black Leadership Academy, a program to enhance the leadership and general management skills of Black leaders. We invited a cohort of Black associates to participate in McKinsey & Company's Black Leadership Academy, which helps professionals enhance their leadership and management skills and build foundational understanding of key functional areas. Participants received training in areas like strategy, problem solving and talent management — and the opportunity to meet likeminded colleagues.
As a member of the first graduating cohort in 2021, Keenya Watson, Director, Enterprise Architecture (M&A), was grateful for the opportunity to learn in a dedicated, concentrated space – one that allowed her to focus on soft skills and strategic thinking principles to take her leadership skills to the next level.
“For many of us, it's a pivotal time in our careers,” said Keenya. “Identified as top talent early on, we’re able to move throughout our careers and get promoted and recognized regularly. But at some point, we come to realize what got us here won't take us there. Focus needs to change from tactical to strategic, and this course aided in that area. We went from tactical thinking to more of a big picture strategy, and it provided tools and techniques to help us make this change.”
The program’s success has since led us to launch two additional McKinsey & Company leadership programs for Hispanic and Asian associates. With these cohorts currently underway, we’re thrilled to expand our offerings and empower more associates to learn, develop and succeed.
“In the end, any course is what you make it,” Keenya continued. “You can participate to check the box and get another badge, or you can really lean in and grab nuggets that you can use throughout your career and life. It's what you make of it — your choice!”
At TransUnion, we remain committed to taking action in support of our people and communities, and we pledge to continue making progress on our racial equity commitments. For more information about our goals around Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, please visit our website.