In telling the Judy Faulkner story, let’s get the essential facts out of the way first. She is the CEO of one of the nation’s leading companies providing the technology for electronic health record keeping. Epic Systems had 2014 revenues of $1.77 billion. Its client base includes some of the leading names in the health provider world – Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, CVS Health, Johns Hopkins.
And Forbes has cited Faulkner’s personal net worth at $2.6 billion, placing her at number six on the magazine’s list of the nation’s most successful self-made women and calling her the most successful female founder of a technology company.
What makes all of this profoundly interesting is that, if there is such a thing as a rule book for contemporary companies on how to succeed, Judy Faulkner has completely ignored it. (more…)