Kari Mattek, Senior Director Product Management, Northwestern Mutual
Kari Mattek is a Senior Director at Northwestern Mutual, with accountability for the Unified Communications and Content services domains. She leads the teams accountable for enterprise contact center platforms, enterprise voice systems including messaging, and conferencing, enterprise imaging systems, enterprise content management systems and content search services.
Kari has worked at Northwestern Mutual since 2001, serving in a variety of roles. Prior to her current role, Kari was a leader in the Enterprise architecture practice, serving as both a business architect and as the lead information architect over unstructured content systems. She currently serves as an officer of the LGBTQ employee resource group.
Prior to working at Northwestern Mutual, Kari was a SQM consultant with Spherion Technology. She worked with large clients in the Chicagoland area including BP Amoco, Discover Card, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
As a career changer, my passions and interests outside of technology include business disruptors, affordable housing and social justice initiatives.
Kari earned a Master of Science degree in eCommerce from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Business Administration from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
I have a strong belief in respectfully questioning the status quo, and finding innovative ways to be agile, flexible, and deliver pragmatic solutions quickly.
Outside of the office, Kari serves on the board of the Bayview Neighborhood Association and is an active volunteer in the local Milwaukee community. She enjoys cycling, running, and playing in a local original rock band.
Most importantly, Kari values spending time with her family, including her beloved Bella, a 4-year-old rescue dog.