Kweilin Ellingrud
Senior Partner, Minneapolis, McKinsey & Company

Kweilin Ellingrud
With fifteen years of experience at McKinsey, Kweilin serves clients across both strategy and operations transformations.

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

In addition to her client work, Kweilin is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council, which advises on MGI’s research on global economic, business, and technology trends. She also instigated and co-led McKinsey’s Power of Parity work on gender equality and how to help improve the lives of women around the world. That has led to client work with global philanthropies, multilateral organizations, and companies on how to improve gender equality.

Kweilin serves on the board of directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the YWCA of Minneapolis. Kweilin has been named one of Minnesota’s top ten corporate women by Twin Cities Business magazine and was named a 2015 Woman in Business by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.  

Kweilin worked for 2 years at the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), a not-for-profit organization in Boston that helps women entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. While at CWE, she created a microloan program for low-income women.

Kweilin attended Wellesley (where she lived in Freeman and was Class President her second year) and Harvard, and majored in Economics and Political Science. She attended Harvard Business School where she was co-president of the Women’s Student Association.

She lives in Minneapolis with her 3 daughters (including twins!) and her husband who works in private equity. While growing up, Kweilin spent a number of years living in China, Japan, Ecuador, and France, living with local families and learning the local languages.