Kisha Keeney

Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Company: Northwestern Mutual
Role: Session Presenter

Kisha Keeney is senior director of Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern Mutual, a Fortune 100 company. She develops and implements strategy that advances Northwestern Mutual’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) goals. This includes consultation with functional areas across the company; identification, creation, and expansion of community partnerships; alignment of enterprise communications/marketing efforts; and creation and facilitation of education within the organization. She also oversees the organization’s employee resource groups (ERGs), focusing on growth, collaboration, and alignment to corporate diversity and inclusion strategy as well as organizational business strategy.

In 2021, seven of the organization’s eight ERGs earned recognition as Top 25 ERGs in the nation. Last year, Kisha was selected for and completed the McKinsey Black Leadership Academy as part of Northwestern Mutual’s cohort. Previously she was involved in Northwestern Mutual’s inaugural Multicultural Leadership Development Program, which allowed her to acquire a new mentor, reverse mentor a senior leader, and consult/present to the Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Council.

In prior roles with Northwestern Mutual, Kisha concepted and delivered marketing programs and sponsorships that connected clients and candidates with Northwestern Mutual’s field team. She also managed sponsorships such as those with the College Football Playoffs and the Rose Bowl, and coordinated national partnerships and events including the Essence Path to Power, the Hispanic Wealth Project, and the Out & Equal and National Black MBA Conferences.

Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Kisha was a consultant at The Kaleidoscope Group, a full-service diversity and inclusion consulting firm. At The Kaleidoscope Group, she provided strategic and creative oversight for inclusion initiatives including events, conferences, and webinars. She also developed and executed assessment tools to evaluate organizational strengths and opportunities in diversity and inclusion.

Outside of work, Kisha serves the community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., loves to improve her culinary skills, travels the world, and advances her small women and black owned experiential business with her partners.

Kisha earned a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Ball State University.

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