Global Careers

Women at ZS

A place for you to grow.

When choosing a place to work, most people look for a company where they can use their skills and continue to learn. A place where their performance gets rewarded. Where they can reach their full potential.

As a woman, you may have additional considerations: Is this a place where I will be respected? Will I feel supported and connected here? Is this a place where I can stay for the long term? At ZS, the answer is “Absolutely.”

Our unique culture—often described as a caring meritocracy—is built on respect, support, flexibility and connections. These qualities can be especially important to women like you, not only as you begin working but over the course of your entire career.

At ZS, we believe philosophies are better than policies.

Because of this belief, we are able to tailor our approach to an individual’s needs – understanding that no two situations are identical.

This allows us to offer flexible work programs and support that benefits women and all ZSers as they seek to balance their career ambitions and personal lives.

We also believe in the value and impact women bring to our firm.

To enable this, we have put in place a Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI). The WLI at ZS supports women in building successful, long-term consulting careers and fosters an inclusive culture. The WLI empowers ZS women to make a positive impact on our business, our clients, our industries and themselves.

Women's Leadership Initiative Vision

The Women’s Leadership Initiative vision is to support women in building successful careers at ZS.

Women's Leadership Initiative Mission

The mission of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at ZS is to enable professional growth, foster an inclusive working environment and support individual choices.

Professional Growth

ZS is a meritocracy where you earn respect for your expertise and your contributions.

Inclusive Working Environment

At ZS, you can count on formal and informal support throughout your career. Our collaborative way of working fosters connections among our people and clients.

Individual Choices

ZS offers flexibility to accommodate changing career and life priorities for all our people.

Meet ZS Women

At ZS, women have the opportunity to build successful careers. Some of our ZSers, including Women’s Leadership Initiative steering committee members, share why they chose our firm as the place to grow their consulting careers.

“As the cofounder and coleader of the group’s global leadership team, I not only help shape a force that is influential for all women and for our firm as a whole, but I grow myself in the process. On a day-to-day basis, I support other female leaders in the firm and junior women progressing through the organization.” – Judith, a ZS principal in San Francisco

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“I’m intensely interested in trying to understand what motivates people to make specific healthcare decisions—for better or for worse. Working at ZS has given me the opportunity to identify ways to help people make smarter decisions about their health, which will result in better health outcomes.” – Hensley, a principal in New York and Women’s Leadership Initiative core team member

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“The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) has helped me connect with so many amazing women leaders across the world in the organization. These are people I do not work with but would not hesitate in reaching out to for advice, thanks to the sense of belonging and community the WLI creates.” – Apoorva, an associate principal in New Delhi and Women’s Leadership Initiative core team member

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“Another way ZS has supported me in my career is by allowing me lots of flexibility. When I had my first child five years ago, many ZS leaders, male and female alike, offered their support and embraced a more flexible work schedule for me. I was able to make it very transparent to my colleagues via my work calendar when I was available.” – Eva, an associate principal in Frankfurt and Women’s Leadership Initiative core team member

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"Having worked in consulting for the past 20 years, I know when I’ve found a place that’s truly supportive and collaborative. ZS has a spirit of collaboration with no parallel.” – Jeanne, a ZS principal in Princeton

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“One project that comes to mind happened a while back when my ZS team and I were helping one pharma company acquire and integrate another one. It was a high-pressure project with an aggressive timeline, but I don’t think I ever stopped laughing during the course of those four months. Our ability to have fun was a big factor in our success.” – Namita, a ZS principal in Philadelphia

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“I feel privileged to have had the opportunities that I've had at ZS. My career has evolved into new spaces numerous times, and each evolution has been supported by strong mentorship and guidance.” – Nisha, a ZS principal in Princeton

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“More than 11 years later, I choose to stay because it's fun. We do great work, there’s lots of variety, I work with great teams, and we have fun along the way. Having said that, it's also about the way we work: the openness and transparency. I have so much autonomy to do what drives me.” – Roz, an associate principal at ZS in London

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“I think that ZS's ability to support individuals in this way comes from their genuine interest in helping people grow and develop. ZS isn’t just interested in doing good for the client; the company also is interested in what I want and supports me as I grow and shape my career.” – Sandra, a ZS principal in Princeton

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“The diversity of experience and ideas coming into ZS from all over the world is exciting and extremely valuable. I’ve connected with women in our Japan and India offices and learned about the infrastructure and cultural challenges they face as they balance their work and personal lives. This diversity of opinions and experiences allows us to approach issues from many different angles, which improves outcomes.” – Kelly, the office managing principal in Evanston

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Stories from the Women’s Leadership Initiative

  • The Women’s Leadership Initiative Gives Apoorva a Community to Connect With By ZS

    ZS is the ideal breeding ground for inquisitive minds that want to contribute to the bigger picture. I feel empowered to define my own path. My career path is like a blank canvas that I can paint the way I like and can redo as many times as I like. I’m a complete people person, so interactions with people excite me, energize me and motivate me to do more. The high I get when I see a client delighted by the work we’ve done is unparalleled. Doing what I am passionate about while aligning the needs of the client, my team, and ZS is really great. The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) does a lot to make ZS the friendly, innovative place that it is.

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  • ZS Helps Women Like Hensley Build Successful Careers By ZS

    ZS has helped me build my career by allowing me to pursue the work I’m most passionate about. I’m intensely interested in trying to understand what motivates people to make specific healthcare decisions—for better or for worse. Working at ZS has given me the opportunity to identify ways to help people make smarter decisions about their health, which will result in better health outcomes.

    From the moment I joined ZS four years ago, the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) has helped me advance my career. I’ve made connections with other women leaders at ZS who have made a kind of support network for me, providing helpful advice when I need it most. But even better than that, the women of WLI have become great friends.

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  • Kelly—and Her Daughter—Find All of the Support They Need at ZS By ZS

    I’m motivated to champion ZS’s goal to deliver impact where it matters most. Whether that means helping my clients address issues and opportunities that can impact their businesses, offering career advice and coaching, and helping to remove barriers to growth for my fellow ZSers. The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) supports me with all of that and more.

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  • ZS Helps Working Mom to Do What She Loves By ZS

    At ZS, our work is collaborative and oriented toward solutions and innovations. That’s why I love it so much. Being a working mom, I like to compare work at ZS to the playground my kids go to every day: All ZSers are sitting in a sandbox, working together to build the coolest sand castle you could imagine. The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) at ZS helps make that freely innovative environment possible.

    I’m somewhat biased toward the Women’s Leadership Initiative given that I’m a part of WLI’s core team, but it’s true: The WLI helps women at ZS build successful careers. For example, ZS’s flexible work philosophy that allows all of us to combine work life and home life for the best of both worlds was put in place by the WLI. The women that make up the WLI are phenomenal. From very junior members to top leaders of our firm, everyone in the WLI has been an inspiration to me and reaffirms that what I’m doing in my career is the right thing to do.

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  • ZS keeps it real with women By ZS

    We support the career growth of women at ZS.

    Our Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) has partnered with Fairygodboss, an online job review site with a mission to improve the workplace for women by creating transparency around culture and benefits, to showcase how female ZSers build successful, long-term consulting careers.

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