Amanda L. Adkins
Amanda L. Adkins is a leader in business innovation, a mother, and healthcare champion. For the past 15 years, Adkins worked as an executive at Cerner Corporation, a global Kansas City based healthcare and information technology company.
As a mother, Amanda has lived through the complexity of the healthcare system while making decisions for her family. Professionally, she advises providers and employers across the United States on how to cut healthcare costs and improve health outcomes for individuals and families.
In the course of this work, she has been a leader for consideration of social determinants of health in communities (SDOH). A belief in the importance of SDOH was a major consideration when she founded Systems of Care Initiative (SOCI), a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping young children be healthy and ready for kindergarten and later success in life.
Adkins is the former chairwoman of the Kansas Republican Party, where she achieved unprecedented election success while serving two terms from 2009-2013. In this capacity, Adkins led a “Clean Sweep” in the 2010 election cycle winning all Federal and statewide races. The KS GOP also increased their majority in the Kansas Legislature gaining 16 seats during this time.
Her tenure in politics is marked by promotion of women in leadership positions. Adkins is co-founder of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series whose mission is to prepare Republican women to seek greater involvement in leadership, government and politics. This series, founded in 2005, is a part of the National Excellence in Public Service Series. Since its founding, the Eisenhower Series has graduated over 300 women leaders in the State of Kansas, including many who have gone on to serve their communities and country through public service.
Prior to her career with Cerner, Amanda served as Professional Staff on the US House Rules Committee and worked on commerce issues in the United States Senate. She was also the Political and Executive Director of GOPAC under the leadership of former Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) and later Governor Frank Keating (R-OK).
Amanda served on the Executive Committee of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. She also previously served on the Boards of The Salvation Army and The Entrepreneur Coalition.
Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998 and has lived in Overland Park, KS for over 20 years. She and her husband, Jason, have been married for 21 years and have two high school aged children.