Mandi MacDonald

Talent & Leadership Development Consultant, LHH Knightsbridge

Describe a typical day
One of the reasons that I love my job so much is that there is no such thing as a typical day! I have the opportunity to work on interesting projects with different organizations on a daily basis. A “typical day” could include meeting with a CEO to review the assessment results of their company’s senior leadership team to support them in their succession planning; facilitating a leadership development program with emerging leaders; or coaching a leader who is looking to increase their impact.
Perks of your job and things you like about your current company.
I’m challenged every day and work with really bright and wonderful people. I have opportunities to lead and work on so many different and interesting projects like executive succession, developing leadership competency models that are imbedded throughout an entire organization, and helping individuals learn more about themselves through assessment. I also do a lot of traveling (more exciting when you’re going to San Francisco, than to Lloydminster!).
Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.
Outside of work, my proudest accomplishment would be finishing an ultra-marathon (50 km). I won’t pretend it was an easy (or always enjoyable) experience, but the sense of accomplishment when I finished made all the effort leading up worthwhile.

At work, my proudest accomplishment to date would be completing my Coach training and I’m currently working towards becoming an accredited coach with the International Coaching Federation. Executive Coaching is something I’ve wanted to do since my undergrad and is a real passion of mine.

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.
Regardless of the field you work in, I feel that the only certainty as it relates to the energy industry is the fact that it faces significant and rapid changes. With that comes the need for excellent leaders at all levels – to effectively lead through these ups and downs. The importance of leadership development is becoming increasingly recognized by energy companies and we are seeing them make significant investments in leadership development to retain and attract top talent.
Current community involvement efforts.
My focus in the past couple years has been on completing my post-graduate education and establishing my career. Now my focus is turning to the community and I’m actively looking for a non-profit board to put my skills and interests to work (so please reach out if you know of any I could explore!).
Why YWE?
I love the idea of a group of driven, successful and ambitious young women with such diverse backgrounds and experiences coming together to learn and network. These are the women who will be our next generation of influential leaders in all fields.
What are you reading?
I’m just starting Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. I loved her TEDTalk and then had the opportunity to see her speak at the recent Art of Leadership for Women Conference and she is phenomenal! Her research and the connections she makes between vulnerability, courage and shame are important areas to explore both from a personal and professional standpoint and are becoming increasingly more talked about in the business and leadership community.