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Belkis Vasquez-McCall

Draws on agile methodology to inspire greater levels of performance across the enterprise and accelerate the pace of new-product development

About Belkis

Belkis is one of the pioneers of agile thinking at McKinsey. With over 18 years of experience in delivering robust solutions and coaching teams, she is wholly focused on agile transformation.

An expert in agile transformation, Belkis partners with leaders in banking, healthcare, and other sectors to engender productivity and launch innovative products. Her primary mission—which has her across North America and to Europe, India, Latin America, and South Africa —entails helping large companies innovate with the agility of small start-ups.

Belkis is an experienced agile coach and practitioner with deep knowledge in building truly agile organizations across an assortment of sectors.  She is an active leader in the external agile community, as well as a board member and leader of the Agile New York City meet-up, which convenes a group of 100 agile leaders in the city every month. Using the agile methodology as a starting point, she expands its impact dramatically, guiding at-scale transformations, pursuing digital strategy development, and leading end-to-end digitization initiatives. In this, she is passionate about guiding teams out of their comfort zones so they can make a transformative leap.

During her 16 years with McKinsey, Belkis has coached executives while leading major change programs. For global banks, she has worked to minimize technological risk and increase productivity through improved engineering practices—her efforts accelerated product launch time by 60 percent for a leading bank in Brazil.  She has also designed centers of excellence focused on agile product management; one program for a healthcare company improved efficiency by aligning the organization around product lines.

Belkis speaks internationally at workshops and on panels, sharing insights on such concepts as talent recruitment for agile professionals, digital industry trends, and the guidance of high-performance teams.

Before joining McKinsey, Belkis led the upgrade of mission-critical enterprise systems at the New York Stock Exchange and held leadership roles with the New York City Law Department and Brooks Brothers.

Published work

Why an agile transformation office is your ticket to real and lasting impact,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

Revisiting agile teams after an abrupt shift to remote,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Growing your own agility coaches to adopt new ways of working,” McKinsey & Company, August 2019

How to mess up your agile transformation in seven easy (mis)steps,” McKinsey & Company, April 2018

The amazing team race: A team based agile adoption, IEEE, 2009

Past experience

New York Stock Exchange
CIS specialist

New York City Law Department 
MIS specialist

Brooks Brothers
Network administrator


City University
B.Tech, computer-information systems