Julie Gilbert

Julie Gilbert

Senior digital advisor

McKinsey & Co.

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Julie Gilbert left Best Buy as a senior vice president of enterprise growth more than a decade ago, but her name is still heralded for her enduring impact, including the creation of the Magnolia Home Theater business, designed to appeal to women. Since then she’s worked with Polaris, other Fortune 50 companies, and as a business creation consultant on five continents prior to her new role with McKinsey. It focuses on building consumer, tech, and health care companies around the world, with the goal of elevating gender and racial diversity. She serves on numerous boards, exudes boundless energy, and opens doors for many— particularly women and people of color. “That’s the place I can make the biggest difference,” she says. “It’s a business imperative.”