Michael C. Bush and Gary Pinkus discuss what makes great companies great

February 10, 2021

Michael C. Bush and Gary Pinkus discuss what makes great companies great

Michael C. Bush & Gary Pinkus

Great Place to Work® CEO & McKinsey & Company’s Chairman of North America

Great Place to Work® CEO Michael C. Bush sheds light on how his organization identifies great workplaces and what the future of work will be.

Catch the latest Walker Webcast, where Great Place to Work® CEO Michael C. Bush and McKinsey & Company’s Chairman of North America Gary Pinkus discuss how to identify great, the keys to developing strong workplace culture, and what great companies will look like in the future.

A bit about each speaker:

Willy Walker
Willy Walker

Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and in its first ten years as a public company has seen its shares appreciate over 800%.

Michael Bush
Michael C. Bush

Michael C. Bush is CEO of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics firm that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the World’s Best Workplaces list, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women list, the Best Workplaces for Diversity list, and dozens of other distinguished workplace rankings around the world.

Driven by a love of business and an unwavering commitment to fair and equitable treatment, Michael joined Great Place to Work as CEO in 2015, bringing 30 years of experience leading and growing organizations. This includes serving as CEO of Tetra Tech Communications, which he grew from $40 million to $300 million in revenue. Michael is a former member of President Obama’s White House Business Council and a founding board member of the private equity seed-fund, Fund Good Jobs, which invests in small inner-city businesses.

Gary Pinkus
Gary Pinkus

Gary Pinkus is the Chairman for McKinsey & Company in North America. He was previously the Managing Partner for the firm in North America, and before that led McKinsey’s office for the Western United States. He is also the former global leader of McKinsey’s Private Equity & Principal Investors Practice, which he helped cofound almost two decades ago. He serves clients across a variety of different industries and topics, including leading companies in private equity, healthcare, and energy.

Gary joined McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles in 1987 as a business analyst and came to the firm's San Francisco Office in 1992. Over the course of his career, he has worked for Dole Fresh Fruit in Honduras; Bear Stearns' Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York; and in McKinsey's Houston, Mexico City, Sydney, and Zurich offices. In addition to his client work, Gary has been a member of the firm’s Shareholders Council (Board of Directors) for almost a decade, and now chairs the Senior Partners Committee (the committee responsible for evaluating McKinsey’s senior partners).

He serves, or has served, on the boards of Wake Forest University, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, California Academy of Sciences, Menlo School, California Business Roundtable, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, San Francisco Opera, and SF Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Gary earned his B.A. in English and Quantitative Economics with Distinction from Stanford University and his M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 30 years and have four children (ages 17 through 24); they also have three dogs and live in Woodside, California.


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