Founder and CEO of Epic Systems
Judith (Judy) Faulkner is CEO and founder of Epic, which she began in 1979 in the basement of an apartment house with $70,000 in start-up money and two half-time assistants. Epic has grown by its bootstraps, without venture capital or going public.
Faulkner received honorary doctorates from the University of Wisconsin and from Mount Sinai in New York, an MS in Computer Science from the UW, and a BS in Mathematics from Dickinson College. After teaching computer science for several years, she worked as a software developer, creating one of the first databases organized around the patient.
Faulkner currently serves on the University of Wisconsin Computer Science Board of Visitors and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine's Leadership Roundtable and of the Aspen Health Strategy Group. She has pledged that 99 percent of her assets will go to philanthropy.