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Lareina Yee

Senior Partner, Bay Area

A leader in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice and advises companies on strategy and operations to achieve above-market growth


Lareina is a senior partner and helps lead McKinsey’s work with technology disruptors. An expert on digital sales transformations, sales excellence, go-to-market strategies, and culture change, Lareina brings 20 years of experience to companies across the value chain. She previously served as McKinsey’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Lareina cofounded Women in the Workplace, a research partnership with and The Wall Street Journal, and has coauthored a significant body of research, including “Delivering through diversity,” and the “The future of women at work: transitions in the age of automation.” Lareina frequently speaks about women in business, including, most recently, Aspen Ideas Festival, Women Deliver, and a joint collaboration between McKinsey and The Wall Street Journal on a report titled, “Women in the workplace.” She writes and speaks widely on diversity and inclusion topics including appearances in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CBS News, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many other outlets. Additionally, Lareina was chosen Working Mother of the Year in 2016 by Working Mother magazine.

Outside of McKinsey, Lareina is on the board of Safe & Sound, a not for profit focused on child-abuse prevention.

Videos & Podcasts

Taking the first steps toward net-zero emissions,” McKinsey Global Institute, March 2022

The state of burnout for women in the workplace,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

McKinsey and Lean In: New details on gender gap,” Wall Street Journal, October 2018

Women face a steeper path to leadership in workplace: Lean In president,” CNBC, October 2017

Lareina Yee at PBWC17,” 2017 Professional BusinessWomen of California, March 2017

Everything You Want to Know About Sales Growth but are Afraid to Ask,” Dreamforce, October 2016

A continuing struggle for ‘Women in the Workplace,’” Bloomberg, September 30, 2016

Ending the gender gap in workplace promotions,” Fox Business, September 28, 2016

Why Do Women Keep Hitting the Glass Ceiling?” Bloomberg, September 30, 2015

Megatrends: What it means for sales,” McKinsey on Marketing & Sales, August 2015


Race in the workplace: The frontline experience,” McKinsey & Company, July 2022

"Marketing in the metaverse: An opportunity for innovation and experimentation," McKinsey Quarterly, May 2022

Women in the Workplace 2021,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector,” McKinsey & Company, February 2021

The Questions Companies Should Ask Themselves to Prepare for a New Era of Business,” Fortune, November 2019

Technology and Sales:

Ten trends redefining enterprise IT infrastructure,” McKinsey & Company, November 2017

What enterprise-technology companies must know to drive digital-sales growth,” McKinsey & Company, October 2017

Unlocking the power of data in sales,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016

What sales executives need to get right for digital success,” McKinsey & Company, August 2016

The sales secrets of high-growth companies,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016

Is Your Sales Organization Ready for the Digital Revolution?,” Quotable, May 2016

Women in the Workplace:

Weighing the pandemic’s impact on working moms,” ABC News, May 2021

Creating a postpandemic recovery for women in the workplace,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

For mothers in the workplace, a year (and counting) like no other,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

COVID-19’s impact on Asian American workers: Six key insights,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

Women in the Workplace 2020,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

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

Confronting the early-career gender gap,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2020

Women in the Workplace 2019,” McKinsey & Company, October 2019

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

One is the loneliest number,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2019

"How to overcome the isolation of women in the workplace," Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2018

"Women in the Workplace 2018," LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company, October 2018

Still looking for room at the top: Ten years of research on women in the workplace,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2018

How companies can guard against gender fatigue,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2018

Delivering through diversity,” McKinsey & Company, January 2018

Time for a new gender equality playbook,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2017

Women in the Workplace 2016,” a study undertaken by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org, September 2016

What It Will Take to Make the Tech Industry More Diverse,” Harvard Business Review, March 15, 2016

Breaking down the gender challenge,” McKinsey Quarterly, March 2016

Women in the Workplace,” a study undertaken by McKinsey and LeanIn.Org, September 2015

Fostering women leaders: A fitness test for your top team,” McKinsey Quarterly, January 2015


Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
MA, economic policy

Columbia University (Barnard)
BA, history and political science