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Carlos Banks II
Partner, IBM

Carlos Banks is a Partner at IBM, where his work focuses on strategic business transformation at the intersection of business and technology. He works with C-level executives across a range of Fortune 500 companies to ideate, shape and bring to life the ways in which advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, and cloud technology can reshape business models and value.

Prior to his time with IBM, Carlos was a Managing Director at Accenture, a multinational professional services firm, where he focused on the Operations & Managed Service business. His work with his clients revolved around harnessing data, automation, analytics and applied intelligence to drive process transformation across large scale enterprise functions such as finance, marketing, customer service and HR. Carlos began his career in professional services spending time at both Goldman Sachs and Deloitte.

Carlos received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his Master’s of Engineering Management (MEM) from the McCormick School of Engineering – both at Northwestern University in 2014. His concentrations included marketing, operations management, organizational management and human-centered design.

While at Northwestern, Carlos was an active leader, serving as the senior vice president of the Kellogg Marketing Club, director of marketing for the Kellogg Black Management Association, technology representative for the Kellogg Student Association, and a captain for Kellogg Intramural Sports. Carlos was a member of the 2004 class of the Business Opportunity Program (BOP) and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Purdue University in 2008. He received numerous awards and honors including the Dr. Cornell A. Bell Award, the Purdue Black Caucus Academic & Leadership Awards, the School of Business Outstanding Senior Award, Dean’s List and semester honors, among others.

Carlos was also heavily involved on campus, serving as president of the Society of Minority Managers, president of Purdue’s School of Business Ambassadors and treasurer of the 82nd Class of the Purdue Chapter of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society. Carlos was also a member of the Purdue’s President’s Council and Purdue Black Student Union.

Today, Carlos is committed to remaining active in organizations that have had a major impact on his life and serves on the board of the Purdue Black Alumni Organization and serves as an alumni admissions volunteer for the Kellogg School of Management. He also serves as a volunteer for the Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) organizations and their respective professional development programs.

Carlos is a tech geek at heart and when time permits can be found exploring and learning about the latest and greatest in the consumer tech world – the most recent of which is high-fidelity headphones & audio equipment for music. During his time in both his undergraduate and graduate studies, he had side jobs or internships at Apple, Groupon and Best Buy.

He is a native of Indianapolis, IN, where he graduated from Pike High School in 2004. While at Pike, he was president of the Pike Chapter of Business Professionals of America, and was involved in student government, Pike Men’s Volleyball, and marching and concert bands.