Black Enterprise Magazine’s “40 rising stars under 40” is a list of women who have put themselves on the path to power and success in business, all before their 41 st birthdays. They write: “These women are innovators and influencers, trailblazers and pioneers, who reshaped and refreshed disciplines with cutting-edge processes, or transformed ideas into tangible, lucrative products or services.” Aetna’s Chekesha Kidd was chosen as one of these rising stars.

Kidd is the president of Aetna Student Health (ASH), based in Cambridge, Mass., where she is focused on delivering a diversified, portfolio of products and services for college and university students.

Before joining Aetna, Chekesha was a financial professional on Wall Street responsible for corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity transactions. She also has diverse health administration experience working in clinical research, state policy and federal government relations over the course of her career. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health care management from Florida A&M University, and an MBA in finance and a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan. Outside of Aetna, Kidd is involved with the Chaka Chinyelu Foundation, NextGen Network, Charter Oak Cultural Center, FreeArts NYC, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.1 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see

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