Vanderbilt EMBA 2013
Director Talent Management & Branding at ForceX, Inc.
Keri Floyd always says she works in the future. It’s her way of explaining her job as manager of the advanced planning and strategy team for Nissan North America. “We’re planning vehicles that will be on the road in five or six years,” she says. out of college, Keri started at Nissan as an accountant. Her work took her to California, Michigan, Canada and Mexico, but accounting never became her passion. She volunteered to transition to product planning, “where I could think outside the box and be creative,” she says. “I presented myself as the analytical thinker with a passion for delivering the right product to consumers.”To gain the skills to accompany that passion, Keri had set her sights on an MBA years earlier. “But it never seemed the right time,” she says. “I was always to busy. Then [in June 2011], I said, ‘I’m just going to do it. I applied that same day, was at math camp the following Saturday, took my GMAT, got accepted in August and started in September.” After one year, she describes the experience as even better than she’d hoped. “I’m surrounded by phenomenal classmates, phenomenal professors, phenomenal resources. This is an investment from which I am already realizing value. Now I feel that the sky is the limit—and the future is even brighter!”