Y. Michele Kang
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In the spring of 2017, Kang was named winner of the Women in Technology (WIT) Corporate Mid-Market Sector Award at their 18th Annual Leadership Awards in Washington, D.C. In 2015, Kang was honored as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® for the Washington, D.C. region, and then went on to win the U.S. Award for the Services category. In 2015, Kang was also named Executive of the Year among contracting organizations with revenues of $75 million to $300 million during the 13th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™. She also received the 2012 Mosaic Woman Trailblazer Award by Diversity Woman in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and leadership in business.
Kang is actively engaged in promoting STEM studies and careers for girls and women. In 2012, 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 2016, STEMconnector® named her one of the "Top 100 CEO Leaders in STEM" in recognition of her deep personal commitment to the cause.
To realize one of her lifelong passions, Kang launched the Cognosante Foundation in 2012. The Foundation is focused on helping underprivileged and underresourced individuals to build meaningful professional careers and achieve financial independence. It has underwritten an annual fellowship program with the Young Invincibles for first-generation college students to develop critical skills and gain exposure to business and political environments that may be otherwise out of reach. Through grants, she also helped establish and chaired the National Women Veterans Committee within Million Women Mentors (MWM). In 2016, Kang received the Veterans Service Award from MWM in recognition of her dedication to improving the lives and prospects for success of the nation's 1.4 million female Veterans.
Prior to founding Cognosante, Kang served as vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Health Solutions and a management consultant helping global information, technology and telecom companies formulate and successfully execute profitable growth strategies.
Kang is an American Enterprise Institute National Council co-chair, a Kennedy Center Corporate Fund vice chair, and a member of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.