Cindy Whitehead is a leading women's health advocate and entrepreneur based in Raleigh, NC. With a 22-year track record in healthcare, Whitehead is best known for building and selling pharmaceutical businesses that deliver industry record-setting returns. She cofounded and led Sprout Pharmaceuticals as CEO. In 2015, the company broke through with the first ever FDA-approved drug, Addyi, for low sexual desire in women, dubbed "female Viagra" by the media. Sprout was sold for a $1B upfront payment. Cindy is a serial entrepreneur having previously co-founded, led operations and successfully sold Slate Pharmaceuticals.
Cindy has since announced the launch of her next venture, The Pink Ceiling, a strategy and investment firm to propel innovations that break through for women. Already, she has invested in and is guiding Undercover Colors, a company with a wearable nail technology that detects if date-rape drugs are present in a drink. Whitehead sits on the company's board of directors.