Laurie McGraw is speaking with Inspiring Women Corbin Petro and Jessica Gelman, founders and CEOs of Eleanor Health and Kraft Analytics Group respectively. As a married couple, Corbin and Jess jokingly refer to themselves as Team CJ, yet their drive and passion for growing their companies is anything but a joke. There may be fewer female CEOs in their respective tech focused sectors – healthcare and sports analytics – however, both are used to pushing boundaries. Which requires fortitude and hard work. In the career stages of learning, earning and returning, both Corbin and Jess are determined to not wait until the end for the “returning” phase and recognize their unique position as role models. Working hard and helping others seems to be the Team CJ approach. And when asked about the future for women in their respective fields, they also recognize there is still a long way to go – “how much better do women need to be?” – yet they share optimism that we are on the right path.
Corbin Petro is an experienced CEO, industry leader, and entrepreneur with a mission-driven, analytic approach to innovation. She is the CEO and co-founder of Eleanor Health, providing evidence-based, whole person care specializing in addressing the unique complexities of individuals and populations with substance use disorder and mental health needs. Eleanor Health leverages proprietary technology and data-driven insights, compassionate teams, and value-based payment to deliver superior clinical and financial outcomes.
Prior to Eleanor Health, Corbin was the founding CEO of Benevera Health, a payer-provider JV and population health company. Corbin has an extensive background in healthcare including as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Massachusetts Department of Medicaid (MassHealth), a $13 billion agency providing health care to 1.4 million Massachusetts residents, advising a US Senator on health reform, and roles at Bain and Company, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte Consulting, and American Management Systems.
Corbin is passionate about improving health for vulnerable populations, equity for women and other marginalized groups, and animal rights. She is co-chair of the board of visitors of Fenway Health, and on the boards of Reaching Out and the Eleanor Health Foundation. As a former collegiate distance runner, she enjoys long distance running and biking, and has completed 5 marathons and biked solo, self-supported across the country. She is active in local and regional politics, currently serving as the Chair and Treasurer of a campaign for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor.
She was honored as one of fifteen healthcare executives under 40 named a 2018 Up and Comer by Modern Healthcare. She received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jessica Gelman is an experienced CEO, industry leader, and entrepreneur with a data-driven, customer-centric approach and intrinsic ability to define what is next.
As a founder of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference & Kraft Analytics Group (KAGR), she has a track record of delivering results by building high performance teams, identifying business challenges through analytics, and defining the path forward through data and technology. She is widely respected for her impact on the sports industry.
Expert in building businesses, identifying growth opportunities, defining strategy and driving plans to successful completion. A proven leader who empowers teams.
2014 Forty Under 40: Sports Business Journal
2018 Power Players, Ticketing: Sports Business Journal
2012 Game Changers, Women Leading & Innovating in Sports Business: Sports Business Journal
2015 Power 100 Women: Brand Innovators
Corbin and Jess are married, have two sons, and reside in the greater Boston area.