Ms. Y. Michele Kang
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Cognosante
A visionary in the field of health information technology, Michele founded Cognosante in 2008 to disrupt and challenge the status quo in the U.S. healthcare system. Leveraging a unique set of business, data, and technical expertise in a fundamentally different way, Cognosante provides innovative solutions central to carrying out national healthcare transformation. Under Michele’s leadership, Cognosante has emerged as one of the most trusted partners of key Federal and state health agencies, while growing rapidly over the past ten years.
To further her goal of transforming the healthcare system, Michele established Cognosante Ventures to fuel promising startups in the health IT field. By investing in and mentoring these companies, Cognosante Ventures supports the development of technologies that will fundamentally change the way U.S. citizens experience healthcare.
Michele has also established philanthropic initiatives that promote economic sustainability through entrepreneurship and increase opportunities for Veterans, under-resourced young adults and disabled Americans. With a mission to promote the dignity of work, Cognosante Foundation, established in 2012, focuses on supporting members from underserved communities as they pursue financial independence through meaningful careers. Michele is also actively engaged in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) studies and careers for girls and women.
In recognition of her entrepreneurial success and philanthropic efforts, she has received numerous accolades including 2015 EY Entrepreneur of The Year® for the Washington, DC region and the U.S. Award for Services. She was elected along with U.S. senators, high-ranking government officials, and top executives of Fortune 500 companies as an inaugural member of 100 Women Leaders in STEM in 2012 and one of the “Top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM” in 2016.
Prior to founding Cognosante, Michele served as vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Health Solutions division and as a management consultant helping global information, technology, and telecom companies formulate and successfully execute profitable growth strategies.
Michele is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, a member of the Board of Directors for Northern Virginia Technology Council, an American Enterprise Institute National Council Committee member and a champion of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale School of Management.