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Elizabeth Young McNally

Partner, Stamford
Enables organizations to deliver lasting change by working with them to accelerate execution, develop leaders, and equip their people to win

About Elizabeth

Since joining McKinsey, Liz has advised leading private and public-sector institutions on how to achieve lasting impact of their strategies. She specializes in change management, with a focus on how to embed change management, organizational health and culture, and capability building into performance transformations.

Drawing on her transformation expertise, Liz is a core leader of McKinsey Accelerate—the firm’s growth platform focused on helping clients deliver sustainable impact while building the capabilities of their people.

Outside of client work, Liz is deeply passionate about the issue of diversity and inclusion. She is the partner champion for McKinsey Black Network in the Northeast.

Examples of her recent client work include the following: 

  • implementing multifaceted reform for a large correctional agency, combining advanced analytics, capability building, and cultural change, resulting in a dramatic reduction in violent incidents and substantial improvement in organizational health in the areas where the reforms were implemented
  • assisting a leading global nongovernmental organization with its signature reform efforts by architecting a change-management approach and defining key elements for the transformation
  • developing the capability building and change management plan for a leading US bank moving to an agile operating model
  • devising a strategy for a leading asset manager acquiring a competitor, including due diligence, integrated operating-model planning, and new governance approach
  • transforming critical go-to-market elements for a top payments company, including a new operating model, sales-compensation plan, and HR support model

Before joining McKinsey, Liz was an officer in the US Army with two year-long tours in Iraq, where she served on the senior staff of General David Petraeus as his speechwriter. She also spent time as a company commander, operations officer, and personnel officer while in uniform. 

Liz is a Presidential appointee to the US Military Academy Board of Visitors. She’s also an active volunteer at Fox Meadow Elementary School and St. James the Less Church in Scarsdale, New York.


Transformations at scale with Impact Essentials: A conversation with Seth Goldstrom and Elizabeth McNally”, McKinsey & Company

The ten Impact Essentials: A conversation with Elizabeth McNally”, McKinsey & Company

The Execution Assessment: A conversation with Elizabeth McNally”, McKinsey & Company

Published work

Adapting workplace learning in the time of coronavirus,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

“Transforming the organizational health of banks,” Voices on bank transformation: Insights on creating lasting change, McKinsey & Company, March 2015

Past experience

US Military Academy Board of Visitors
Presidential appointee

United States Army


University of Oxford
MPhil, international relations

United States Military Academy at West Point
BS, international relations and history