Neal Wendt is the co-founder and COO of American Epilepsy Institute. A healthcare entrepreneur, consultant and Fellow of the Lean Healthcare Institute, Neal brings specialization in Lean Six Sigma, Business Process Reengineering, Business Model Redesign and Organizational Leadership to the AEI team.
Neal’s journey began at the United States Air Force Academy where he played on the Fighting Falcon football team. Upon graduating Neal proudly served his country in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star. Neal left the Air Force with the rank of Captain and joined General Electric where he worked as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in their Oil and Gas division. Most recently he has worked as an operations consultant focused on operational innovation within healthcare. Of all Neal’s accomplishments his proudest came in 2012 when he donated Bone Marrow to a 19-year- old female with Leukemia and then led a weeklong awareness campaign drive that was directly responsible for registering 1220 new members in the Bone Marrow National Registry.
Along with his degree from the United States Air Force Academy, Neal has earned an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, and an MS in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
Neal has found his passion, helping the world become that much better for people in need. From his time in the mountains of Afghanistan to his time in process improvement events in Labor & Delivery departments in hospitals welcoming newborns into the world, Neal’s passion lies in making systems and processes more efficient and enabling those delivering care a bigger scope.
“This is by far the hardest thing I have done, or probably ever will do, but its worth every bit of frustration. Healthcare is in drastic need for a transformation but especially for these orphaned conditions like epilepsy that only impact a small portion of the population. I am committed to the early detection and treatment of epilepsy in pediatrics, it is the only way we must give that child a better chance at living a normal life. Those early development years are so critical to them and their long-term success.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”-Margaret Mead