Influential Leader

CeCe Morken

Chief Executive Officer, Headspace Health, Inc.
Recognition Year(s): 2022
School: College of Business, North Dakota State University
Location: United States

CeCe Morken is CEO of Headspace Health, Inc., and a board member of Genpact. She previously served as executive vice president and general manager of the Strategic Partner Group at Intuit Inc. and general manager of Intuit’s ProTax Group. Morken is a graduate of North Dakota State University (NDSU), where she majored in economics and business administration. She also completed executive training at the University of Chicago, and she speaks positively of the knowledge she gained from the case-based approach to business education provided by the university. 

As a female CEO, Morken is a strong advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She has embedded DEI as a core value in Headspace and was a champion of DEI previously at Intuit. In her 2020 article for LinkedIn titled “Purpose,” she says, “Inclusion and diversity is more than metrics, it’s about action: continuing to push ourselves to ensure we have sustainable practices so that every voice is heard, diverse and divergent ideas and opinions encouraged, and our organizational bias continues to be identified and questioned.”

Morken has also contributed greatly to raising awareness about mental health and finding purpose in one’s life, work, and day-to-day affairs. Her work with charities and nonprofits—particularly her focus on lifting disadvantaged Atlanta communities out of poverty—all illustrate her point that actions speak louder than words when it comes to DEI. 

Morken is a strategic thinker who has worked closely with some of the best executives in the world. She has returned to NDSU numerous times to speak with students and describe how experiences and knowledge gained there have helped her throughout her career. She is proud of her North Dakota roots, and her empathetic, humble leadership style is one that is loved by her colleagues. At Intuit for example, Morken was responsible for leading a team primarily composed of millennials. She brought an easygoing and fun style to her team that was recognized by many within the organization and across the corporate landscape, leading to her recognition as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology in 2017. 

Morken is a huge inspiration to students at NDSU. She is a fierce advocate for mental health awareness and is a leader in encouraging conversations about mental health’s many different dimensions.

She’s a female executive who is passionate about elevating other women into leadership roles within her organization and around the country. She speaks regularly on themes of diversity, innovation, and entrepreneurialism, and she is held in the highest regard by all who work with her and know her.

As a leader, Morken is collaborative, caring, and forward-thinking in her demeanor. She is less concerned with who is in the room and more interested in solving the problem in front of her. As such, she’s a tremendous inspiration to all who come into contact with her.