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Kweilin Ellingrud

Senior Partner, Minneapolis
With 15 years of experience at McKinsey, serves clients on strategy and operational transformations

About Kweilin

Kweilin has broad experience designing and implementing global performance transformations—for example, redesigning operating models and increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness. She improves customer journeys by applying digital, analytics, and process-redesign principles.

In addition to her client work, Kweilin is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which provides expert input for MGI's research on global economic, business, and technology trends. Other areas of expertise include women in STEM, accelerating gender equality through investment strategies, women in leadership, and the future of work. She is a frequent speaker at global conferences and also works directly with global philanthropies, multilateral organizations, and companies on how to move toward gender equality.

Kweilin serves on the board of directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the YWCA of Minneapolis. While working for two years at a Boston not-for-profit organization that helps women entrepreneurs start and develop businesses, she created a microloan program for low-income women.

Growing up, Kweilin spent a number of years in China, Ecuador, France, and Japan, living with local families and learning the local languages.

Published work

Building the vital skills for the future of work in operations,” McKinsey & Company, August 2020

Which small businesses are most vulnerable to COVID-19—and when,” McKinsey & Company, June 2020

COVID-19 and jobs: Monitoring the US impact on people and places,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2020

Lives and livelihoods: Assessing the near-term impact of COVID-19 on US workers,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation,” McKinsey Global Institute, June 2019

Life insurance product innovation: What insurers can learn from leading tech and consumer companies,” McKinsey & Company, January 2019

Closing the tech gender gap through philanthropy and corporate social responsibility,” McKinsey & Company, September 2018

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in Asia Pacific,” McKinsey Global Institute, April 2018

Partnering for parity: Strengthening collaborations for gender equality,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

Miles to go: Stepping up progress toward gender equality,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity,” McKinsey Global Institute, May 2016

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in India,” McKinsey Global Institute, November 2015


Harvard University
MBA; BA, economics and political science