About Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Ronit Molko is a dynamic senior executive and entrepreneur recognized for combining strategic vision and technical expertise to drive business initiatives. In 2001, Dr. Molko cofounded Autism Spectrum Therapies Inc. (AST), which grew into a highly respected, multi-state provider of services for individuals on the autism spectrum. In 2014, she sold her company to Learn It Systems, a private equity backed strategic buyer, and then she served as President of Autism Services for the combined family of companies until early 2016.

Today, as CEO and Principal of Empowering Synergy, Dr. Molko conducts due diligence for investors. She also consults as an expert in the field of service delivery for healthcare, with a special focus on behavioral healthcare and companies that provide services to families affected by autism and developmental disabilities.

In 2018, she released her latest work, “Autism Matters: Empowering Investors, Providers and the Autism Community to Advance Autism Services,” published by ForbesBooks.

Dr. Molko is currently a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Autism Society of America and the Galt Foundation, which places individuals with disabilities in the workforce. She has been actively involved in many healthcare-based committees and organizations throughout her career and has received multiple awards in recognition of her business prowess and leadership abilities. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Washington states, and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.

Experience

During her time as CEO of AST, Dr. Molko launched and grew the company into a 700+-person operation providing long-term, sustainable solutions that improved daily life for clients and their families, across multiple states. Her strong business acumen and savvy management drove the planned national expansion and growth to 30% annually.

Under her leadership, AST continually met the increasing demand for services while retaining the integrity of its mission, vision and culture. Dr. Molko forged strong working relationships with both regulators and third-party payers, preserving services for her clients throughout regulatory changes. She also drove strategies to diversify revenue streams, increase profitability and improve efficiency while providing consistently excellent programs and client service. Dr. Molko fostered a continuous learning culture, providing extensive training to develop talent in professionals and management while advancing AST’s entrepreneurial approach. As a result of her efforts and expertise, the company has been recognized by community and government entities as a market leader that provided cutting-edge, highly relevant programs.

Expertise

As CEO and Principal of Empowering Synergy, today Dr. Molko draws on her unique background, which includes both business and clinical expertise, to help clients think strategically about expansion, develop high-value business relationships, and better articulate their vision, mission, strategy and corporate culture. She also provides due diligence for investors looking to make a difference in the behavioral healthcare industry – and toward autism and developmental disorders, in particular.

Additionally, Dr. Molko is an engaging, in-demand public speaker available for presentations at investor and healthcare conferences or other behavioral healthcare events. Her key topics include: the autism ABA provider landscape and community, trends in the autism industry, important issues for investors in the autism industry, and opportunities for investors to advance autism services.

Education

Recently, Dr. Molko completed Harvard Business School’s three-year Owner/President Management program. Prior to that, she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Science and Family Life from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Psychology from the American Jewish University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Molko is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Washington states, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 1999.

Awards/Accolades

In recognition of her business prowess and leadership abilities, Dr. Molko has received many awards, including:

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Los Angeles Business Journal Women of Influence Award Honoree 2017
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Mickey Weiss Award for Outstanding Alumni from the American Jewish University 2015
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The World of Difference 100 Award in Education from The International Alliance for Women 2014
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Enterprising Women of the Year Award from Enterprising Women magazine 2012
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Smart Leader Award from Orange County’s Smart Leaders 2011

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