Head of Industry Partnerships, Coursera
Kevin McFarland seeks to increase access to education and equip people around the world to transform their lives. At Coursera, he leads a team that partners with leading companies to train professionals with the skills they need to secure and perform the jobs of the future. His team works with 30+ companies such as Google, IBM, & Goldman Sachs to scale their training & certification initiatives and reach learners around the world whether via online channels; community college, higher education, and nonprofit partners; or enterprise clients. These initiatives range from pathways for nontraditional students to secure their first job in a new, growing career field to credentials for professionals to advance in their career. Previously, Kevin was a strategy manager at Accenture where he specialized in new business strategy and strategic partnerships for enterprise technology companies. He was a part of the leadership team that started and grew a portfolio of 9+ joint-business partnerships between Accenture and other leading enterprise technology companies such as Adobe, Dell, HPE, and Intel that generated more than $500M in sales. While at Accenture, he co-formed 2 new strategy groups and delivered $6M+ in strategy projects. He received a B.A. in Economics & Philosophy summa cum laude from Seattle Pacific University where he served as the student body president and formed a new student leadership department for intercultural affairs. He received his A.A.S. from Bellevue College through a dual-enrollment program for high-school students and served on the student government where he was involved in providing services and programs for nontraditional students.