Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
After planning and managing vehicle launches for BMW and traveling around the world, Whitney Zimmerman ’05 is passionate about helping companies work better.
Q: What have you been up to since graduating from Durham Academy?
A: I studied Electrical Engineering and Economics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (go Fighting Engineers!). It was a long four years in a small Indiana town, but the education was world class, and I had an excellent fraternity experience as both a chapter president and an undergraduate member of our international Supreme Council.
I was fortunate to get a job during the recession in an engineering management development program at BMW’s South Carolina factory. Greenville, S.C., was a great place for a recent grad. My two-and-a-half years at the factory culminated in a brutal 16 months on night shift leading a production team of 80 during the launch of the previous BMW X3.
I moved to Munich, Germany, in 2012 for a three-year expat assignment at BMW'S headquarters. I learned German on the job in the first year and in late 2014 decided to stay indefinitely. The European-city environment within an hour of the Alps was tough to leave.
Seeking a new challenge, I enrolled in the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business part-time MBA program for executives, which involved flying to London, Hong Kong and Chicago for a week of class roughly every six weeks from 2015–2017.
At the end of 2017, after nearly six years planning and managing vehicle launches for BMW, I resigned. From January to April of 2018 I traveled once around the world, visited six continents and 16 countries, attended a 10-day silent meditation retreat in India and crewed a tall ship to the United Kingdom.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: I have been a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Munich office since May. I split my weekends between Munich and Edinburgh, Scotland, where my fiancée recently moved to take a professorship in architectural history at the University of Edinburgh.
Q: Why do you do what you do?
A: Because I’ve always been passionate about understanding how industries and companies work, and consulting gives me opportunities to help them work better.
Q: What DA experiences influenced you or helped you get where you are today?
A: DA’s diversity influenced how I see the world. Its supportive balance between teaching hard and soft skills helped me become a lifelong learner. Its top-notch faculty set high standards for my future education choices.
Q: What are your interests away from work?
A: Mountain climbing, trail running, ice climbing, cooking, traveling, reading, chess, perfecting my pour-over coffee skills.
Q: What’s on the horizon for you?
A: I’m getting married in 2019.