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Megan Greenfield to Address Graduates at PhD Hooding and Master’s Degree Recognition Ceremony

A leader in healthcare and advancing equity in the workplace, Greenfield will speak at the December 9 ceremony

Megan Greenfield (PhD ’09), partner at McKinsey & Company, will address Northwestern Engineering’s Class of 2023 at the PhD Hooding and Master’s Degree Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, December 9, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Since her 2010 arrival at McKinsey, a leading global consulting firm, Greenfield has used her biotechnology expertise to help healthcare clients, including large health systems and life sciences companies, create strategies, tools, and organizational structures to drive growth and efficiency. She’s also led the company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

Megan Greenfield

“Megan has established herself as a true leader in creating impactful solutions in healthcare, health equity, and equity in the workplace,” said Christopher A. Schuh, dean of Northwestern Engineering. “I’m thrilled that she will join us, and I know that her message will inspire our graduates.” 

In 2021, Greenfield was named a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, a recognition bestowed upon 100 of the world’s most promising artists, business leaders, public servants, technologists, and social entrepreneurs. In 2023, Greenfield helped launch the WEF’s Global Parity Alliance, and in January 2024, she will unveil a new report with the WEF on the economic impact of underinvesting in women’s health at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. 

Greenfield is an avid philanthropist focusing on local and global science, education, and healthcare initiatives. She earned her PhD in chemical and biological engineering from Northwestern Engineering and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. While at Northwestern, Greenfield published several high-impact papers in journals such as Nature Materials. She also founded the McCormick Graduate Leadership Council and was the president of the Graduate Student Association. She is the vice-chair of the board of advisers for the Museum of Science in Boston.

Read more about Greenfield in Northwestern Engineering magazine.