JoEllen explores “what is,” “what could be,” and “what if” in the context of research, design and innovation. Prior to joining Northern Trust, she led research for wearables and the Internet of things at Motorola Mobility, a division of Google and led design research for the Innovation Center of Excellence at United Healthcare. JoEllen has a BA in History from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, a BFA in Communication Design from University of Illinois Chicago and an MDes from the Institute of Design. Illinois Institute of Technology. She guest teaches design research and interaction design at MIT and is an active volunteer at her daughters' schools.