CHICAGO, December 20, 2021 — Gray Matter Analytics President and CEO Sheila Talton, an innovative global healthcare technology leader and big data strategist with more than 30 years of expertise in building and transforming companies, has been named by Crain’s Chicago Business to its list of Crain’s 2021 Notable Black Leaders and Executives.

Different than other Crain’s Chicago Business notable lists, the list runs in the iconic annual Book issue, the organization’s most respected and best-read special publication. Each year the Crain’s Chicago Business book ranks the top players across every major industry in the metropolitan area. Published every December, this business tool is eagerly awaited by subscribers and the larger business community.

“It is an honor to be selected by Crain’s Chicago Business for this prestigious list of Black leaders in our city,” said Talton. “I’m particularly pleased that the selection criteria included not just business success – of which I am quite proud – but a commitment to diversity, inclusion and involvement in the community.”

Talton, who founded Gray Matter in 2013, has raised $2 million to $3 million in funding for the healthcare analytics company over the past year. She also led negotiations in recent months that resulted in a three-year contract with a large health system in the Midwest.

The leader in value-based care healthcare Analytics as a Service (AaaS), Gray Matter helps provider organizations protect revenue they have earned and predict future revenue from government and commercial payors. Advisory services complement solutions by furthering customers’ understanding of what the data is telling them and optimizing data-driven insights to capture missed revenues and address quality improvements.

In addition to her accomplishments at Gray Matter, Talton has a track record of success at both start-ups and large technology corporations. Her achievements include:

  • Building an advisory services consulting practice for Cisco Systems into a global, profitable organization
  • Developing Cisco’s China, Brazilian and Mexico’s globalization strategy, including private/public partnerships with the Chinese, Brazilian and Mexican governments
  • Creating a $6 billion solutions consulting practice for EDS
  • Being recognized as a pioneer in the network integration consulting business as CEO of Unisource Systems, which Talton founded in 1988
  • Assembling diverse teams at every organization where she has been a leader

Talton is well-known in her community for devoting time and energy toward giving back and paying forward. She is a member of the Chicago Urban League, working to achieve equity for Black families and communities through social and economic empowerment, and sits on the board of Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Talton is actively involved in Margaret’s Village, a women and children’s center on the city’s South Side. She also tutors in an after-school program at Lawndale Community Church on the West Side.


About Gray Matter Analytics

Gray Matter Analytics leverages industry-leading advanced analytics to help healthcare organizations accelerate their path to value in today’s outcomes-based environment. Gray Matter’s cloud-native Analytics as a Service (AaaS) suite of solutions focuses on managing the measures and metrics that are contained in risk-based contracts, including for government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The solutions leverage a data platform that aggerates data to generate machine learning-based analytics, enabling proactive management of value-based contracts to avoid penalties or address missed opportunities for increasing revenues from shared savings programs. For more information, visit


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