Kristen Vener

Director, Strategic Partnerships at Accolade

Boulder, CO

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Experienced, high-energy, employee benefits specialist and leader. I've been on the HR, consultant and vendor sides of this industry. Despite big business and political stakeholders, I am ever-upbeat about solving the systemic problems that lead to poor health for masses of people and drag down companies ability to thrive. Together we can find ways to support healthier lifestyles, reduce wasteful spending, and improve the everyday healthcare experience in this country.

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Work experience

Jan 2021 - Present


Director of Strategic Partnerships


Oct 2017 - Jan 2021

Accolade, Inc.

Director of Business Development

My role at Accolade is to build awareness and confidence in the power of a personalized advocacy solution for employees and their families. I work with the consultant community advising employers on employee benefits to make sure that sure that they are kept updated and have an open communication channel with Accolade. Accolade is bringing exciting new innovation to the way people can access their benefits and navigate the healthcare system with a live, personal health assistant and on-demand family nurse. Accolade is headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, PA and Seattle, WA. For more information, visit


Oct 2016 - Oct 2017


Project Manager, New Business Development

Shortlister is designed to fundamentally improve the RFP process in the human capital space. Our goal is to identify the vendor that is most compatible with your budget, demographics and unique program goals. We keep a pulse on the ever-evolving vendor marketplace and our proprietary matching algorithm has supported searches impacting over two million employee lives. Based on this wealth of experience and automation built within Shortlister, we’re able to complete a thorough search and detailed analysis of your options in a fraction of the time compared to a traditional procurement process. Employers that do not have access to Shortlister through their consultant have the opportunity to access Shortlister directly.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2016

Quest Diagnostics - Health & Wellness Services

Consultant Relationship Manager

Quest Diagnostics is the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The Health & Wellness Services Division ultimately provides employers and their workforce with nationwide access to wellness screenings.


2005 - Jun 2015



Consult with large US-based employers on strategies to improve the health of their employees and families. Big into building healthier work environments to help people get and stay healthy... since we all spend so much time working! Projects include developing custom engagement strategies, building the business case, incentive design, program promotion, champion networks, vendor selection, contract negotiation, and program impact analysis.

Jun 1998 - Oct 2005


HR Benefits Counselor


1995 - 1998

Stony Brook University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics

2003 - 2005

University of Denver

Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Daniels School of Business, Strategic Planning, Management and Operations

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