Maven Clinic's Kate Ryder is driving a new model of care for women and families

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Kate Ryder, founder and CEO, Maven Clinic

Age: 39

Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

About her: Ryder is a visionary leader who pioneered an entire category when she founded the Maven Clinic, the largest virtual care platform in women’s and family health, in 2014. The company allows employers and payers to support the diverse needs of their populations when it comes to fertility, adoption, pregnancy and family care while reducing costs and driving better outcomes.

Over the past seven years, Ryder has pushed the industry to focus on the needs of women and families and has evangelized about the role of virtual care in care models for women’s and family health. This year, Maven launched its Parenting & Pediatrics product, the first family health solution that integrates support for parents with specialized pediatric care. Maven also hosted 90 classes for nearly 8,000 members on topics ranging from childbirth to the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility. Finally, Maven introduced deeper patient-centric care by allowing members to request matches with providers of the same race, ethnicity or sexual identity.

Outside of her work, Ryder has been engaged in a variety of advocacy initiatives geared towards improving the health and well-being of women and families, with a specific focus on caregiving and paid family leave. She was a founding supporter of the Marshall Plan for Moms, a national movement to put mothers in the workforce at the center of the U.S. economic recovery. That led to the introduction of four pieces of legislation, including in the U.S. House and Senate.

First job: A teacher in Madrid, Spain.

Proudest accomplishment: "Staying the course after the countless number of rejections in the early days of Maven. We were rejected both because we focused on women’s and family health and those problems weren’t well understood, and also because we were early in leveraging a virtual-first platform with navigation and telehealth to solve the needs of our patients.”

Problem she’s most passionate about trying to solve: “Access. And what this means to me is making every person feel uniquely seen, heard and supported on their family journey.”

Book she recommends to other healthcare leaders: "Managing Oneself" by Peter Drucker.

Advice she’d give her younger self: “Writing brings me so much clarity, so it would be 'Keep up with your journals.'”

What she’d do with her career if it wasn’t this: “I like creating things and solving problems, so journalism and entrepreneurship."

Advice she’d give to healthcare leaders looking to make a real impact on health equity: “Think beyond what healthcare ‘is’ to what healthcare ‘should be.’ And listen to patients.”

Maven Clinic's Kate Ryder is driving a new model of care for women and families