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Maryland’s Own Kristen Valdes, CEO of b.well Connected Health, is AFN’s CEO of the Year for 2021

March 8, 2022

Advantage Foundry Network (AFN), an exclusive global CEO membership network, is helping CEOs connect with a curated community of their peers while creating meaningful and profitable connections through its network enhanced by AFN’s proprietary AI and analytics. “In just two years, the AFN community has grown to represent over 2,700 CEOs in 124 countries and more than 100 distinct industry sectors,” said AFN CEO Matt Sitter. ”

With the exponential growth of captured data, increasing competition, and disruption on every front, leaders need access to a network that can accelerate their capabilities. Our global reach coupled with the range of experience, expertise, and knowledge represented within our community is a tremendous advantage to CEOs and their companies.”

Given the caliber of CEOs within their community, AFN held the 1st Annual AFN CEO Awards, recognizing CEOs in five different categories: growth, resilience, corporate culture, innovative disruption, and top overall CEO. In January 2022, they announced that Kristen Valdes, CEO of b.well Connected Health and resident of Maryland, had been awarded top overall CEO of the Year.

Advantage Foundry Network (AFN), an exclusive global CEO membership network, is helping CEOs connect with a curated community of their peers while creating meaningful and profitable connections through its network enhanced by AFN’s proprietary AI and analytics. 

“In just two years, the AFN community has grown to represent over 2,700 CEOs in 124 countries and more than 100 distinct industry sectors,” said AFN CEO Matt Sitter. “With the exponential growth of captured data, increasing competition, and disruption on every front, leaders need access to a network that can accelerate their capabilities. Our global reach coupled with the range of experience, expertise, and knowledge represented within our community is a tremendous advantage to CEOs and their companies.”

Given the caliber of CEOs within their community, AFN held the 1st Annual AFN CEO Awards, recognizing CEOs in five different categories: growth, resilience, corporate culture, innovative disruption, and top overall CEO. In January 2022, they announced that Kristen Valdes, CEO of b.well Connected Health and resident of Maryland, had been awarded top overall CEO of the Year.

“The process for selecting the finalists and ultimately the winners was extremely challenging, and I want to congratulate all of our finalists and winners, particularly Kristen Valdes, our first-ever CEO of the Year winner,” said Stephen Kuhn, Chairman of AFN. 

AFN kicks off 2022 with a full event schedule. Each year they host over 150 highly interactive CEO Roundtables, workshops, webinars with world-renowned speakers, experts, and authors on critical topics relevant to CEOs today, such as cybersecurity, talent recruiting and retention, corporate culture, leadership, digital disruption, and more. 

In addition, AFN’s private peer-to-peer member groups assist CEOs in their challenges and foster opportunities, and their strategic partnerships provide additional resources to their CEO community. 

The CEO Roundtables allow AFN to hear firsthand what is most important to CEOs. AFN then curates content to address those issues, questions, and challenges and partners with world-renowned speakers, experts, and authors to speak on those critical topics. 

Here is just a sample of some of their recent and upcoming speakers:

  • R. David Edelman – Director on the U.S. National Security Council and the Director, Project on Technology, the Economy, & National Security at MIT.
  • John Avlon – Senior Political Analyst and anchor at CNN, Author of Lincoln and the Fight for Peace
  • Matt Pottinger – Distinguished Visiting Fellow & Institution and Former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor
  • Jeffrey Nussbaum – Speechwriter for President Joe Biden at The White House, Author
  • Center Maryland’s own Damian O’Doherty

Strategic partnerships, such as The CEO Forum Group, provide access to an exclusive CEO-focused content library, including thousands of one-on-one interviews with leading CEOs such as Marriott, Siemens Corporation, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Additionally, as their guests, all AFN community members can attend the 2nd Annual CEO Transformative Summit on April 21, 2022.

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