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Kendra Davenport

President and CEOEasterseals

Chicago, IL

Member Since March 2024


Business Development & Partnerships
Executive Leadership


Kendra Davenport came to Easterseals in 2022, bringing three decades of nonprofit experience, having managed development and communications portfolios and teams ranging in size from 50 to 1500 for several national and international organizations. Before joining Easterseals, as president and CEO, Kendra led global philanthropy, communications, and brand marketing for Operation Smile. She is a passionate collaborator and a champion of transparency and trust as she works to support Easterseals’ Network of 70 Affiliates, elevate the brand, and raise transformative funding and awareness of Easterseals’ mission – to promote equity, inclusion, and access for people living with disabilities, older Americans, and veterans.

Published content

20 proven cold contact strategies for successful business partnerships and sales

expert panel

Revitalize your cold outreach strategy for more successful sales outcomes. In any industry, reaching out to a cold contact can be intimidating. The unfamiliarity can create anxiety and stress; however, with the right approach, it can lead to valuable opportunities. Below, Fast Company Executive Board members share their effective strategies for initiating contact with potential partners or clients. Follow their recommended methods to make a compelling first impression that can lead to a successful business relationship.

How employers can better serve those who serve America


Many employers see veterans as an essential part of their workforce, but they are less certain about how to support them.

Company details


Company bio

Children and adults with disabilities, families, and communities find high-quality services designed to meet their needs when they come to Easterseals. Through a diverse array of supports and programs Easterseals Network of 70 Affiliates across the country aim to address disparities throughout multiple diverse populations, specifically within the social determinants of health — including access to quality education and health care, stable employment, and community engagement. Easterseals also serves seniors and veterans and provides comprehensive mental health supports and programs to help them thrive. Whether helping seniors re-enter the workforce or helping veterans transition from active duty to private sector jobs, Easterseals is there every step of the way. Each year, Easterseals staff of 32,000, along with thousands of volunteers and advocates lead the way to greater equity, inclusion and accessibility for people of all ages with all disabilities, seniors, veterans and their families and communities.


Social impact & nonprofit

Company size

10,001 plus