Polly Mitchell-Guthrie is the VP of Industry Outreach and Thought Leadership at Kinaxis, the recognized leader in digital supply chain planning and analytics. Prior to joining Kinaxis, she was the Director of Analytical Consulting Services within Enterprise Analytics and Data Sciences at the University of North Carolina Health Care System. Previously she was Senior Manager of the Advanced Analytics Customer Liaison Group at analytics powerhouse SAS, where her team served as a bridge between R&D and external customers and internal SAS divisions. Before that she was Director of the SAS Global Academic Program, leading SAS’ outreach to colleges and universities worldwide to incorporate SAS into their teaching. Polly began her career at SAS in Strategic Investments and later served in Alliances, after working in the nonprofit sector in philanthropy and social services. She has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her BA in Political Science as a Morehead Scholar. She was a co-founder of the third chapter of Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (now 90+ chapters on 6 continents) and has been very active with INFORMS (the leading association for professionals in analytic and operations research), where she was a founding member and Chair of the Analytics Certification Board and Secretary of the Analytics Society.