Amanda Adkins is a businesswoman, mother and social entrepreneur. With her children and the future in mind, growth and systemic change for the Midwest are the themes of her life’s work. Adkins has been an executive at Cerner Corporation, a global Kansas City-based health innovation company, for fifteen years. Her business career in population health has centered on aligning key stakeholders in healthcare, using intelligence derived from data, to offer personalized health programs for the individual and family. In the simplest terms, her endeavors with clients such as employers, healthcare providers and governments support creation of the personal health intelligence system of the future.
Amanda’s passion for change also led to her gubernatorial appointment in 2011 to chair the State of Kansas Children’s Cabinet which is focused on risk-reduction investments in early childhood. As a social entrepreneur, after seeing service capacity gaps in many counties, in 2019 she founded Systems of Care Initiative, Inc (SOCI). SOCI is led by business professionals dedicated to identifying education and health needs of small children with the goal of making targeted investments to ensure future generations are ready for school, work and life.
Amanda also serves on the executive committee of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, is the co- founder of the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series for women, and is the former Chair of the Kansas Republican Party (2009-2013). In partnership with her kids, she is also author of a global food blog called Cosmic Food Adventure dedicated to families that like making healthy food together and desire a better understanding of the world around them.