After finishing a project at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Bo Chen, an Associate in our Beijing office, wasn’t sure what he wanted to do next. Because of his background in neuroscience research, he expected to continue along that path when, at his wife’s urging, he attended a McKinsey recruiting event. The rest, as they say, is history.

McKinsey China: What attracted to you McKinsey?

Chen: After the initial McKinsey talk, I was invited to attend a 3-day Insight Asia program and met with Partners/APs from the Asia office to get to know more about what they did. I learned about some of the work in the healthcare industry that McKinsey was doing in China, and was extremely impressed with the reach and impact they had. Their engagements affected thousands of hospitals and potentially over a billion people. How many people can say their work has directly impacted that many people?

McKinsey China: You went from China to the US and then back to China- and now you are frequently on client engagements in the US again. How have you managed the transition between cultures?

Chen: It can be challenging at times, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to be working in a truly global firm. Healthcare is something that I feel passionate about, and challenges in healthcare systems of different countries are all unique, and thus require creative solutions. At McKinsey, I’ve had the chance to work with similarly passionate people from around the world and it’s been an amazing learning experience.

McKinsey China: In between traveling back and forth from China to the US, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Chen: I love reading history books. Currently I’m reading Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra Vogel and it’s fascinating. He is a true strategist. Of course I learned about Deng Xiaoping growing up, but the research in this book goes into minute detail, providing an amazing insight into this great mind as well as putting his key decisions into historical and personal context.