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Kweilin Ellingrud

Senior Partner, Minneapolis
Drives strategy and operational transformations as a leader in North American insurance work

About Kweilin

Kweilin is the leader of McKinsey's life insurance work in North America and 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

What we lose when we lose women in the workforce,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

Unequal America: Ten insights on the state of economic opportunity,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

The productivity imperative for US life and annuities carriers,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

The future of work after COVID-19,” McKinsey Global Institute, February 2021

The future of life insurance: Reimagining the industry for the decade ahead,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Ten things to know about gender equality,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2020

Reimagining supply chain resilience,” Forbes, August 2020

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


Harvard University
MBA; BA, economics and political science