Keri McConnell is the executive director of the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute (NMDSI) at Northwestern Mutual. In this role, Keri is leading the creation of the NMDSI, a unique and innovative partnership between Northwestern Mutual, Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee. Keri is a business technology leader who has built her career on two key pillars – identifying systemic connections between strategy and technology and creating learning organizations. Keri brings a wealth of knowledge in designing and directing near-term and long-term strategies while leading and developing high-functioning teams. She was a founder of the analytics practice at Northwestern Mutual during a time of tremendous organizational growth. Keri’s early career was spent in telecommunications filling various operations and technology roles. She earned her MEd from Northeastern University specializing in adult and organizational learning.