Joanna Marker ’02
Majored in economics and business administration
Assistant Director of Field Development, Northwestern Mutual
In her current position at Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, Wis., Joanna Marker creates systems and processes in consultation with field leaders across the country. In this role she is responsible for growing sales targets, but just as instrumental to the organization, she coaches and develops emerging leaders and cohesive work teams.
“I credit Illinois College for developing in me a strong work ethic, the ability to multi-task and set priorities, and the importance of building relationships,” Marker said. “My liberal arts education at Illinois College helped me think differently – more creatively, holistically and abundantly.”
Marker earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with an emphasis in change management. She recently received the CLF® (Chartered Leadership Fellow) designation from the American College, completed the Series 7 and secured the Wisconsin Life and Health license.
In addition to her full-time job, Marker is a personal trainer and owns Core Plus Fitness LLC, a personal training and consulting company that works to assist individuals in goal setting, weight loss and lifestyle management. She is active in the community and in various organizations involved in cancer research efforts including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.