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Drew Goldstein


Guides successful change management for sustained business performance, including driving talent initiatives, enhancing culture, and leveraging inclusion for diverse outcomes

Since joining McKinsey in 2014, Drew has helped companies across industries attract and retain exceptional talent, foster an inclusive culture, and shape organizational design to support performance.

Drew is the founder and leader of our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) solutions group, a team of experts focused on bringing analytic tools to support McKinsey’s equity work. These end-to-end solutions help executives measure what matters, stay grounded in the employee experience, and support system-level change. He has also created proprietary tools to help leaders take a data-backed approach to understanding foundational challenges and pursue interventions.

Building on this work, Drew designed diversity-focused content for McKinsey’s Change Leaders Forum and LGBTQ+ executive transitions master class in the United States; he serves as faculty for both programs.

When working with clients, Drew focuses on creating and sustaining high-performing workplaces by understanding how organizations can better enable talent to thrive and address the imperative to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Examples of his recent client work include the following:

  • guiding a biotech company through an organizational health journey that created a stronger executive team, embedded change in the organization, and broke down communication barriers
  • architecting an operating model for the human resources function at pharmaceutical company to drive talent initiatives more efficiently and align the function with strategic business imperatives
  • leading an end-to end DE&I transformation for a private-equity group and several portfolio companies that established a comprehensive three-year strategy, built capabilities, shifted behavior, and tracked results
  • leading an operations audit and workforce resiliency study for a meal-delivery company to address talent-demand scenarios and create a more flexible system

Interested in sharing perspectives and insights, Drew publishes frequently on talent and inclusion topics. He recently contributed to McKinsey’s Race in the workplace report, deriving insights from assessment tools and working with participating organizations.

Drew is a sought-after speaker who presents at talent and HR conferences. Before joining McKinsey, he helped assess company cultures and teach businesses about investing in the workplace.

Published work

Organizational health is (still) the key to long-term performance,” McKinsey & Company, February 2024

How nonprofits can structure inclusion practices for greater impact,” blog entry, McKinsey & Company, August 2023

The business of sports and the quest for inclusion for women,” McKinsey & Company, April 2023

Effective employee resource groups are key to inclusion at work. Here’s how to get them right,” McKinsey & Company, December 2022

Unlocking the potential of chief diversity officers,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

‘Making the world a better place never feels like work’: An interview with chief DEI officer Indhira Arrington,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Three steps to supercharge DE&I capability building,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Hybrid work: Making it fit with your diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2022

Don’t train your employees on DE&I. Build their capabilities,” McKinsey & Company, April 2022

Personal experience of inclusion: Critical to win the war for talent,” McKinsey & Company, August 2021

Inclusive workplaces focus on management practices that matter, not fluff,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

How people—not just policies—make or break inclusive workplaces,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Inclusion doesn’t happen by accident: Measuring inclusion in a way that matters,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

The “how” in creating inclusive workplaces,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Where accountability really matters,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2016

Past experience

Great Place to Work Institute
Client solutions director

Director, academic partnerships


Leonard N. Stern School of Business
BS, marketing and international business