Yolanda "Cookie" Parker
"Cookie" Parker is the founder and president of KMS Software Company, a Los Angeles software firm specializing in human capital management. A technology visionary in process management, she began her career over 40 years ago at IBM, where she rose to become the top systems engineering manager and marketing manager in the Western region. After leaving IBM, she served as director at Computer Generated Solutions and vice president of sales and operations at NCS Technologies.
In 1998, Parker developed the first electronic onboarding solution in the nation, making KMS a leader in automating human resource onboarding and offboarding processes. Her success has earned much industry recognition and numerous invitations to speak to industry peers in areas such as the use of e-signatures, portals, and online forms to automate human resource processes.
Parker's philanthropic activities have made an impact on several fronts, from medical causes to environmental concerns, as well as work in the political realm. She has served on the boards of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Brain Trust and the internationally acclaimed Real Medicine Foundation. She is also active with the Find-A-Tree program to help inner-city youth, and Environment California, which addresses climate change concerns in that state. Since 2008, she has served on President Obama's National Finance Committee and has worked to support his agenda while helping elect those who can ensure his programs are enacted into law.
She has been married for more than 35 years and is the mother of two adult children. Parker received her BA and MA from New York University.