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Cindy Kent

Cindy Kent is a healthcare executive and corporate director widely recognized for her transformational leadership. With over 25-years of experience in healthcare. Kent is the Chief Operating Officer at Everly Health—the digital health company at the forefront of the virtual diagnostics care industry. The company and its subsidiaries offer at home diagnostic testing and telehealth solutions. At Everly Health, Cindy is
responsible for Supply Chain, Patient Support, Customer Service, Clinical and Telehealth services, as well as Laboratory Operations, which collectively drive 97% of all cost of goods (COGS) sold for the company. Prior to Everly Health, Kent was the Executive Vice President & President of Senior Living Community Operations for Brookdale Senior Living—America’s largest senior living company. Kent led Profit-and-Loss (PNL) and operational performance across Brookdale’s nearly 700 Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care product lines—including field operations, resident and family engagement, clinical and sales overseeing 65,000+ residents and 40,000+ employees which she had direct reporting responsibility for. Kent is an independent director with Accolade which provides personalized, technology-enabled solutions and a member of the Nomination and Governance committee. She was also a member of Best Buy Co.’s Board of Directors, 2018 to 2020 and served as a member of the Finance and Investment Policy as well as the Compensation and Human Resources committees. Kent is currently a Trustee of Vanderbilt University, where she serves as a member of the Audit as well as the Academic and Student Affairs committees.

Over her career, Kent has held leadership roles with increasing responsibility at Eli Lilly, Medtronic and 3M, where she led unprecedented revenue and margin growth. In her role as President and GM of the Infection Prevention Division at  3M, Kent led the division’s $1.7B global business operations in sixty countries and managed sales in 170 nations worldwide. With global profit-and-loss responsibility, Kent had direct management responsibility for research and development, clinical, commercial functions and supply chain operations for eighteen global manufacturing sites. 

Kent has been recognized for her commitment to excellence in the workplace and her community. Directors & Boards named Kent a “Director to Watch” in its August 2021 Annual Report. In its spring 2020 edition, Savoy Magazine named  Kent one of the “Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.” In 2018, she was named Lead360’s  “Executive of the Year,” in 2017 Black Enterprise Magazine named her one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in  Business” as well as one of the “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.” Kent was recognized as a “Top 35  Women Leaders in Healthcare” by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST in 2014. She is a Henry Crown Fellow of the  Aspen Institute. 

Kent received dual Masters degrees from Vanderbilt University—a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Care & Leadership as well as her MBA in Marketing. She completed a BS in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from  Northwestern University. Kent resides in both Austin, TX and Franklin, TN.