Kendra Ward is the Co-founder and COO of unboXt, Inc., a data analytics company that helps managers create positive employee experiences. Their predictive software helps leadership identify why employees are leaving, and how to stop or reduce turnover by creating a desirable work experiences. On average unboXt has proven to reduce voluntary turnover by 10 – 18%.
Prior to unboXt, Kendra worked with Prudential as an Actuary and Goldman Sachs within their Equities Derivatives group. After a brief stint in corporate, Kendra went to The University of Southern California. While there, she became highly interested in entrepreneurship and developed mentors within the Marshall School of Business. With their advisement, she identified the skills gap of storytelling and therefore post graduate, Kendra secured a role at Oracle within their enterprise technology sales department. Shortly thereafter, because of customer traction with unboXt, Kendra left Oracle in January 2018 to commit her full attention to the startup.
Kendra is a Gates Millennium Scholar and attained a dual degree in Math and Industrial & Information Systems Engineering from Spelman College and The University of Southern California, respectively. While at Spelman, she led the first American and all-female robotics team who competed in RoboCup in Japan.
She is very passionate about developing the leaders of tomorrow. This passion has led her to teach over 170 students the basics of computer science at the University of La Verne with STEAM Coders. Also, she works closely with Junior Achievement in Atlanta. Kendra believes herself to be extremely fortunate and continues to give back in her free time to help kids discover the power of exposure.