Honoree

Henry Schein Cares Foundation

Henry Schein Cares Foundation

Steven William Kess, M.B.A., Founding President, Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

Steven William Kess is widely recognized for his critical insight and ability to synthesize public and private coalitions, as well as business and public policy issues. He is both an entrepreneur and an executive. Mr. Kess is Vice President of Global Professional Relations, Office of the Chairman & CEO, for Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 250 global health care distribution company, where he was instrumental in developing Henry Schein Cares, its corporate social responsibility program. Mr. Kess is the founding President of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

An advocate for underrepresented minorities, Mr. Kess has been particularly active in the area of diversity and access to health care for at-risk populations. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in many health care associations, organizations, and trade associations. He currently is the Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. Mr. Kess was recently installed as President of the Santa Fe Group, a not-for-profit oral health think tank that he has been a member of for more than two decades. He is President of the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Inc. and serves on the Boards at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Al Quds University Dental School, Tel Aviv University School of Dental Medicine, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders and Project Accessible Oral Health.

In addition, Mr. Kess has served on the strategic advisory planning group for the American Veterinary Medical Association Vision 2020 and FDI’s Vision 2020 Program Task Force for developing its strategic plan and defining the explanation of oral health.

Mr. Kess has been married for 52 years and lives in New York City with his wife, Sharon. They have one daughter, Meredith Millen, and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Alexandra.

Jen Kim Field, Executive Director, Henry Schein Cares Foundation

As Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Jen Kim Field works to help Henry Schein fulfill its responsibilities as a corporate citizen, including environmental, social, and governance work and advancing its philanthropic efforts globally. This includes leading the Henry Schein Cares program and being responsible for the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, both of which are focused on advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief to “help health happen” for at-risk and underserved populations globally. As a member of the Office of the Chairman and CEO, Jen brings over twenty years of experience to Henry Schein in the areas of business development, program management, strategic planning, corporate community service, and partnership building.

Prior to joining Henry Schein, Jen worked at the United Nations Foundation where she led public-private partnerships with Fortune 500 companies in support of the UN. She also oversaw the launch of the Girl Up campaign, a global movement of empowered young women leaders who defend gender equality. From her earlier work at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (now IBM Business Consulting) to her work at Points of Light Foundation and VolunteerMatch, Jen’s career has often bridged the corporate and nonprofit worlds through technology, marketing, partnership-building, fundraising, and communications.

Jen is on the Board of the Eastman Dental Center Foundation and a National Advisory Committee Member of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Program. She also serves on the advisory council for the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and the Northeast Council for MedShare. Jen hails from Alabama, where she acquired a taste for grits and fried catfish. She graduated from Bowdoin College and lives on Long Island with her husband, Evan, and their young children, Annabelle and Harrison.