Judy Wade, Venture Leader, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

Judy leads McKinsey & Company’s Fast Growth Tech practice, which serves pre-IPO companies, venture capital firms, and growth private equity firms. Earlier in her career, she was a partner at McKinsey, working across McKinsey’s New York, Johannesburg (which she helped start and grow from 7 to 70 consultants), and San Francisco offices, and was known for her work transforming companies through unique strategies and creative approaches to implementation. She was an active member in the TMT and education practices.  Prior to re-joining McKinsey & Company she worked with leading venture capital firms (e.g., Kapor Capital, Bessemer, Venrock, DFJ) to start, grow, or turn around companies in their portfolios.   She was the SVP of Corporate Development for RSi, a retail data platform, where she has helped build an analytics business measuring the impact of digital advertising on in-store sales. She has also been the President & CEO of AliveCor, the creator of the smartphone ECG; the President & CEO of Hands-On Entertainment, as well as an Entrepreneur-in- Residence at Kapor Enterprises Inc., Mitch Kapor’s investment company.

Judy Wade is an active member in her community with a passion for education.  She has a B.A. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.  She helped start Leadership Public Schools, a network of charter high schools.  She has been a Foundation Trustee at University Of California, Berkeley, where she was on the steering committee for Operational Excellence, an initiative resulting in almost $75 million in annual cost savings for the University, and led an effort with the College of L&S to reimagine undergraduate education for the 21st Century.  She won a Trustee award for outstanding service to the University.  

In her spare time she usually can be found chasing after her 13 year old daughter and/or three (!) beagles, obsessively watching college football (or any sport for that matter), drinking wine, cooking, or trying to work off the effects of the previous two.