Mindy Mackenzie

Founder & Principal, MM Enterprises, Inc.

Mindy Mackenzie is a sought-after speaker among major corporations and conferences. As author of the 2016 WSJ bestseller The Courage Solution: The Power of Truth Telling with Your Boss, Peers, and Team (Green Leaf Press), Mindy is an expert on truth-telling in the workplace and how that enables leadership teams and organizations to create high performance cultures. Her fresh, authentic and straightforward style cuts through the noise of typical keynotes. In entertaining fashion, and undaunted by the proverbial elephant in the room, Mindy has a knack for getting at the heart of what her audience really wants to know.

Mindy is currently Managing Director and Chief Performance Officer at The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity, global alternative asset management and financial services firms. She specializes in maximizing organizational, operational and leadership effectiveness at Carlyle’s portfolio companies.

Prior to joining The Carlyle Group, from 2014 – 2017 she was founder and principal of her own firm focused on advising CEOs and their teams on how to unlock and accelerate performance through increasing positive leadership impact. She also served as Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company during this time. Earlier, Mindy was global head of strategy, M&A and human resources at liquor giant Jim Beam, where she earned the nickname of the “Velvet Hammer” because she crushed the norm of avoiding sensitive topics but did it with style and grace. As a public company officer, Mindy was part of the Beam executive team that led consistent outperformance, market share gains and double-digit earnings growth.

Earlier in her career, Mindy lived and worked internationally for Campbell Soup Company and Walmart Stores, Inc. in senior human capital leadership roles. She is a guest lecturer for the MBA and Executive Education programs at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Additionally, she serves as Director on the Board of Fifth Third Bank (Chicago Affiliate).

Mindy’s obsession with inspiring leaders in the “corporate tribe” to increase their personal fulfillment while improving their professional impact, has led her to launch her latest passion project, the You First Integrative Leadership Summit. An invitation-only event, Mindy takes 12 women of influence on a five-day leadership journey designed to renew and recharge from the inside-out, all in the exhilarating environment of The Little Nell nestled in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado. Click here for information on the September 2019 summit.

Mindy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ambassador University and a Master’s degree from the University of Louisiana. In her free time, she reads voraciously, bakes the occasional loaf of bread, sings and plays the piano, and enjoys biking or jogging along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Mindy lives with her brilliant, hunky husband, uber-creative teenage son and crazy but lovable Cockapoo in the Chicagoland area.