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Kendal K. Whitlock, C'90

Kendal Whitlock
Panelist: The Role of Big Data in the Biomedical Sciences

Kendal K. Whitlock is an associate director in the Business Innovation Group for a global pharmaceutical company. She currently leads the Healthcare Provider Network Growth & Change Management work-stream for a multiyear collaboration between her company and a technology startup firm. This position manages and liaises with all other clinical trial-enabling functions on startup, execution, and close out, for the decentralized clinical trial expert group. In her role, Whitlock engages in the learning and change management activities needed at both an internal and external level for the clinical research ecosystem.

Whitlock holds a master’s in public health from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and is currently working toward her doctorate at Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Spelman College. She is passionate about health literacy, health equity, and patient empowerment. Whitlock serves on multiple professional advisory boards, yet her most rewarding is the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

During her tenure with her current employer, Whitlock led a team in Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, where she developed medical education strategies and led grant review committees that supported the continuing professional education for physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patients/community across multiple therapeutic areas. Whitlock launched her company’s first online grants tutorial and established the quality scorecard for independent medical education grants, which provided guidance for industry-supported medical education and research grants.

In her role within Market Access, Whitlock was the first to manage a five-year collaboration with a large, national payer. She spearheaded organizational change-management activities, including defining the process and training more than 500 stakeholders on a standard operating procedure for establishing and maintaining long-term strategic collaborations with key customers.

Whitlock is the newly appointed US Lead of Making More Health Youth Ventures, a global leadership program through her company’s partnership with Ashoka – an organization that supports social entrepreneurs. She has actively contributed to innovation activities aimed to build internal and external competencies. As a core team member of a companywide innovation project. Whitlock received a President’s Award, the company’s highest honor.