Commencement Speaker: Judy Faulkner

Judy Faulkner

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 2 half-time assistants. Epic has grown by its bootstraps, without venture capital or going public.

Judy 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 then worked as a software developer, creating one of the first databases organized around the patient.

Judy currently serves on the UW Computer Science Board of Visitors, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Leadership Roundtable and of the Aspen Health Strategy Group. She has pledged that 99% of her assets will go to philanthropy. 


“Be curious. There’s so much to learn from everyone.”

The 2021 Rush University Commencement speaker shares her thoughts on glass ceilings, the digital divide and the future of health care in this Q&A