Dawn Kelly has cemented herself as a top performer and integral office character at the leading global consultancy firm, Oliver Wyman, since joining as a graduate just two years ago: working with top tier clients on some of their most demanding projects, whilst actively contributing to – and being the driving force behind – a variety of firm initiatives and activities.
Dawn’s most recent consulting accomplishments include redefining a bank’s credit card strategy, contributing to a globally published report and engaging with >15 top Asset Managers on their key concern, conduct risk. At the same time Dawn led the OW Enabling Enterprise community partnership, aiming to inspire children to succeed, developed and implemented the recruiting strategy for an OW target University, and launched the OW Teach First volunteer partnership, running >10 employee-teacher coaching relationships as well as classroom/insight days for students. She also seeks to inspire and develop new talent from all backgrounds through running training sessions, being involved in the internship programme and fully advocating the buddy/mentor system.
Her passion for, and commitment to, inspiring young people to succeed extends beyond the office, mentoring underprivileged 16/17 year olds and female university students, as a Springboard and School-student mentor. This has always been important to Dawn: during school she was a Youth Ambassador, inspiring young people to interact with businesses, organisations and the police to make Essex a better place for themselves; and during University volunteering as National Youth Science Ambassador, guiding young people through investigations, inspiring interest in science and learning.
Dawn’s enthusiasm and passion for collective achievement through inclusion and involvement (of herself and all around her) stems from her unexpected offer to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Working three part time jobs, volunteering 5-10 hours a week, and sporting just as much, she was elated to secure such an opportunity. Dawn propelled herself into all the University had to offer: working with the greatest scientific minds in the world; developing University-wide enterprises through her election to JCR President and holding other CUSU positions; and flourishing in College life, from rowing 1st Boat with LMBC to Captaining the Netball team and running the L’Armor Society. These unimaginable experiences, along with her first class degree, inspired the energy and fervour with which Dawn has entered life at OW, and with which she hopes to inspire many others to do the same.