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Strategy Bites

By Anika Stokes
In this series, we speak to industry leaders about the highs and lows of their careers, offering advice to others who want to follow in their footsteps.
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S2 l EP9 Leah Weckert, CFO at Coles
In this episode Leah Weckert, CFO at Coles and McKinsey Alumni, speaks openly to me about her journey. We discuss her time at McKinsey, the different roles she has held at Coles on her way to the top, and how she juggles being on the ELT of an ASX100 business, being a mum to 2, and maintaining her identity, ensuring she makes time for herself. Leah is authentic and inspiring and gives some great advice, do not miss it!
September 13, 2021
S2 l EP 9 Liana Downey – Founder of Common Ground on Climate
In this episode, Liana shares her journey from her 10 years at McKinsey reaching AP level, to embarking on a very successful career in the not-for-profit sector both here and in New York. Most recently Liana has started a is leading a national project called Common Ground on Climate, tackling the all-important topic of climate change. Liana gives advice to anyone looking to move into this sector and currently has opportunities for those looking to move into the non-profit sector on a volunteer or pro bono basis.
August 19, 2021
S2 l EP 8 Lili Sussman - Chief Strategy Officer at Wisr
In this episode, I talk to Lili, an academic and ex top tier management consultant, about her fascinating journey and how a freak accident changed her whole perspective on her career, and how she lived her life. This life-changing incident drove her to follow her heart and values to obtain a strategic purpose driven role in FinTech. We explore the differences in working for a nimble FinTech and a big corporate and how she went about finding a purpose driven role.
July 28, 2021
S2 l EP 7 Tim Moore & Jake Maisey - Dorado Capital- Exploring the world of Search Funds
In this episode I speak with Tim Moore and Jake Maisey from Dorado Capital who are entrenched in the world of search funds. This is a very new concept here in Australia and one that I certainly think will appeal to the strategy and consulting community here. Essentially it could be the fastest way an MBA grad can make CEO of an established business. All you need is Smarts & a bit of Hustle. For more information visit
July 12, 2021
S2 l EP 6 Amanda Price - Partner in Charge of Ventures - KPMG
In this episode, I chat to Amanda Price who is the Partner in Charge of High Growth Ventures, a team within KPMG dedicated to working with start-ups. Amanda has worked in and with start-ups for over 20 years in both Australia and the US. She believes very strongly in the correlation between the mental and physical health of the Founder and the performance of the start-up.
June 21, 2021
S2 l EP 5 Victor Cheng - Notorious MBB Case Interview Coach & Author
In this episode, Victor, the legendary case interview prep coach, joins me to discuss how he got to become the go-to for anything and everything to do with Case prep. Victor discusses with me his journey, case interview trends, hints and tips, and much more. Not to be missed. 
May 24, 2021
S2 l EP 4 Felix Danziger - MD of HDPartners
In this episode, Felix Danziger, the Managing Director of HD Partners, joins me to discuss his journey, why he chose private equity as a career beyond consulting at BCG, the best parts of his role, and why others may want to consider continuing their careers in this space. Felix is my very first podcast guest from the world of Private Equity, he specialises in investing in consumer businesses and brands.
May 17, 2021
S 2 l EP 3 - Anthony Millet- Global Partner at Antler
This episode will appeal to anyone who has ever had a great idea for a business but not acted on it or has aspired to become an entrepreneur or business founder. Anthony speaks candidly about what it takes to make it in the competitive world of start-up founders and what skills and attributes are most common in those that make it. For more information on their program visit
April 26, 2021
S2 l EP 2 John Lydon, Former Managing Partner - McKinsey
In this episode, John joins me to discuss his most exciting projects, biggest learnings and most memorable points in his career. A career that has taken him to senior roles in McKinsey ANZ. He also discusses with me his passion for working with CEO's and corporates to create increased shareholder value whilst improving broader societal value at the same time.
April 12, 2021
S 2 l EP 1 - Fiona Hayes-St Clair- Chief Strategy Officer at QBE
In this episode Fiona speaks to be about her personal journey to get to Partner, being a consultant and a Mum, and her transition from consulting to a big role in corporate. She highlights the skills consultants should harness to be successful outside of consulting.
March 29, 2021
Season 1 l Episode 9 - Ryan Kolln - VP Strategy & Corporate Development - Appen
In this episode, Ryan gives an insight into how he went from an Engineer to BCG, to a major corporate only to land in the AI Tech firm Appen. He highlights the differences between working in an ASX-listed business such as Telstra and a more ambiguous tech environment like Appen and what mindset you need to work in the world of tech startups. 
January 20, 2021
Season 1 l Episode 8 - Joao Segorbe - Executive GM Strategy & Corporate Development at AGL
In this episode, Joao talks to me about being a global strategy expert in the Energy sector and the increasing focus on clean and renewable energy. He talks about his journey rising through the ranks at McKinsey and transitioning, at Partner level, to an executive role in a corporate and the differences he has observed in influcing with a McKinsey Partner hat vs an Executive hat.
December 9, 2020
Season 1 l Episode 7- Rob Marcolina- Senior Executive - Qantas talks about his journey and leading through Covid
In this episode, Rob Marcolina, ex Bain Partner and Senior Executive in charge of Strategy, Technology & People, talks to me about how he, and the leadership team at Qantas have managed through the Covid situation, the hardest part of his role and the light at the end of the tunnel. He discusses his personal journey and gives tips on what makes consultants great in leadership roles. 
November 25, 2020
Season 1 I Episode 6 Diane Smith-Gander AO on her journey from Consulting to Company Director.
In this episode, I am joined by Diane Smith-Gander AO, ex Partner from McKinsey, prominent business executive, company director, and advocate for gender equality. Diane talks to me about her journey from consulting to industry and back again, the ups and downs of her career and gives some great advice to the consulting community.
November 11, 2020
Season 1 l Episode 5 - Gill McLaren on how to make the tough decisions about your career
In this episode, I speak to Gill about going from a Head of Strategy role to a GM role for Coca Cola, and quitting her 30-year corporate career to dedicate her life to designing a strategy for living your best life. 
October 28, 2020
Season 1 l Episode 4 - Jamie Twiss, Chief Strategy Officer at Westpac on Influencer roles vs Line roles post consulting
In this episode, I talk to Jamie about his journey from McKinsey into the corporate world, wearing hats in both senior influencer roles and in a line role with large P&N responsibility. We discuss his experiences of New York vs Sydney and what it takes to stand out and make it to the top jobs.
October 14, 2020
Season 1 l Episode 2- Deanne Stewart- CEO of Aware Super on becoming a conscious leader.
Deanne Stewart talks about her journey as a conscious leader, the skills to harness post-consulting to reach a senior leadership role, and gives some great advice for women looking to reach to the top. 
September 16, 2020
Season 1 l Episode 3 Jean Hayden Strategy & Operations Director at Google Cloud on working in the tech space
In this episode, I talk to Jean about... What she looks for in candidates when hiring into Google. Her advice to consultants who really want to work in the tech space. Living and working as an Australian abroad, in San Francisco and her journey to date.
September 2, 2020
Season 1 l Episode 1 - Toby Norton-Smith - MD of X15 Ventures on what skills to focus on post consulting to obtain a P&L role.
In this episode I talk to Toby Norton-Smith, MD of X15, CBA's venture building arm, about his experience of life post McKinsey,  and what skills he has most found valuable in securing a role with P&L responsibility and in the enviable ventures space.  You can connect with Toby via this link :
September 2, 2020