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Best Buy, McKinsey partner to develop diverse leaders

Best Buy employees are taking their talents to new levels through a training course that helps empower high-performing managers and establish a diverse workforce. 

As part of Best Buy’s commitment to develop and support our employees who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), we’ve partnered with McKinsey & Company to offer the McKinsey Management Accelerator program.  

The McKinsey Management Accelerator program focuses on professional career development by customizing its curriculum and discussions to the unique situations, experiences and opportunities of BIPOC professionals. The program is set up in a mini-MBA-style that covers topics like strategy development, critical thinking, networking and problem solving. 

“The McKinsey Accelerator Program has been a great challenge for my leadership skillset,” said Joslyn Knight, Best Buy Distribution Operations Support Senior Analyst in Ontario, California. “Having other people of color in the program took away the façade I’ve always had to bear as a minority and allowed me to participate as a true student without having to worry about how I appear as a person of color in a space.” 

Since Best Buy partnered with the McKinsey Accelerator Program in 2020, the program has expanded from one course for Black professionals to providing customized courses for those who also identify as Hispanic/Latino or Asian.  

To date, 95 Best Buy employees have completed the program and more than 140 employees from across the company participated in the recent cohort that ran from February through June. The next cohort is set to start in September.   

“Our main focus through the collaboration of the cohorts is to create a space where everyone feels valued and included,” said Georgia Vahoua, Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Inclusion and Diversity. “In addition to the core leadership and management skills that are learned, each cohort also provides a strong networking opportunity for its members that lasts long after the program ends.” 

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