VP, Talent & Change Management
Christopher Henry, Sutter Health, Vice President of Talent and Change Management,with a dual reporting relationship to Chief Enterprise Transformation Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Christopher applies his expertise in organization development and human resources practices to help Sutter achieve its strategic priorities related to a number of key initiatives, including workforce planning and analytics; talent acquisition and development; organizational change management and eLearning. Areas of focused leadership will include organization change initiatives, people-strategy development and performance management.
Christopher comes to Sutter Health from MGM Resorts International, where he has served as vice president of talent and organizational development for the past three years where he led the alignment of the company’s people philosophy with its business strategy through its talent acquisition and organizational development teams and the MGM University. Before that, he served two roles for Kaiser Permanente Health Plan’s Northwest Region in Portland, OR; director of learning and organizational development and senior manager for national management development. Christopher holds two bachelor’s degrees—in psychology and Spanish—from Knox College and a master’s degree in psychology from Golden Gate University. He is currently completing his doctorate in organizational leadership and business administration through Argosy University.
Executive VP and Chief Talent Officer
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Jim Dunn is the Executive Vice President and Chief Talent Officer for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. Jim serves as a member of the executive leadership team overseeing the people and talent operations for the 12,000 employee system, including human resources operations, diversity and inclusion, patient and employee experience and their learning and development structure, Parkland Academy. Prior to joining Parkland, Jim served as the Executive HR and Learning executive for the Office of Learning and Performance Development for the Cleveland Clinic, Chief Learning Officer for Texas Health Resources and the National Vice President, Human Resources and Talent Retention Strategy for the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia. His work history also includes progressively responsible roles with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), BP/Amoco Corporation, and leading the global human resources operations for former President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta.
Jim holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry and macro-environmental science from Howard University, a Master’s of Public Health, with a specialization in occupational epidemiology and multiple doctoral degrees in education, organizational development and healthcare administration from Emory University, Benedictine University and the Medical University of South Carolina, respectively. Jim earned professional designations from the World at Work Society as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). He received the designation of Human Capital Strategist (HCS) from the Human Capital Institute and holds both Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) designations through the Society for Human Resource Management. He is also a registered professional mediator, specializing in workplace conflict resolution strategies.
As a registered OD consultant (RODC) with the Organization Development Institute, he has worked as adjunct faculty for Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Emory University, and currently on faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Outside of the hospital and classroom, he serves on the Associates Board for the SMU Cox Business School, the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, the Greater Dallas Advisory Board for the American Cancer Society and the Editorial Board for the Patient Experience Journal for the Beryl Institute. Jim has conducted a decade of research and published in the areas of strategic HR and organizational development, gender communications, change management, and informal vs. formal organizational cultures. His most recent book, “Unintended Consequences: How Healthcare Reform Can Save Strategic HR,” is currently in press and due out in summer, 2016 under Charles Pinot publishing,
Jim was honored by selection as the US keynote conference speaker for the 2012 International HR and Organization Development Conference in Portugal for his work on strategic HR systems and is a current member of the 100 Black Men of America organization and has been featured in both Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and Who’s Who in Black Dallas publications. Nominated by his health system CEO, Jim was the recipient of the Outstanding Minority Business Leader Award from the Dallas Business Journal.
Carole Hackett serves as Senior Vice President of Houston Methodist. In her current role she leads the Human Resources and Wellness function for the 7 hospitals of the Houston Methodist System, 2 Physician Organizations, Houston Methodist Research Institute, and Houston Methodist Global. She is also the Executive Sponsor of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine. Prior to her current position, Carole was Vice President of Human Resources/Operations for Houston Methodist Hospital, Physician Organizations, Research Institute, and Houston Methodist Global along with several hospital departments. The majority of her career was at the Cleveland Clinic Health System in a variety of executive roles in Human Resources, Organizational Development, and Nursing. Carole has a strong history in developing leaders and Houston executives across many organizations, and is passionate about helping people at Methodist reach their highest potential.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green University and an EdM in Human Resources Development with specialization in Global HR Development and Instructional Technology from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. She is certified as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance.
Chief People Innovation Officer
We at Northwell Health have the power to transform small actions into something life changing. As New York State’s largest health care provider, our people power our organization. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve 8 million people in the metro New York and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better and are united by one core purpose— to deliver world-class service and patient-centered care.
Elaine has more than 28 years of human resources and organizational development experience. Her expertise includes talent management (acquisition through succession planning), organizational design and development, training and development, and leadership and management coaching.
Elaine is passionate about helping leaders make the most of their talent and resources, while helping individuals make the most of their careers. In addition to her accomplishments in HR/OD, she has also served as the Chief Talent Officer for Dun & Bradstreet as well as held HR generalist/leadership roles in such organizations as DaVita, Inc., and Allegis Group. In her early career, she also worked directly for a well-known figure, Anthony Robbins, who made his name in the executive coaching industry. Recognized by her peers as a leader in her field, Elaine and her teams have won numerous awards on behalf of the companies she has served, including “most innovative HR program,” HR Magazine, 2009 while achieving recognition year over year on notable lists such as Fortune magazine’s “most respected companies to work for” (Dun & Bradstreet, DaVita and Allegis Group).
Originally from the UK (Liverpool), Elaine attended Bristol University and received a B.A. in Human Resources & Business Management and spent time studying in Europe during her senior year. Emigrating to the U.S. in 1989, Elaine has spent time on both coasts, finally settling in New York (a life-long ambition). Elaine resides in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with her husband, Steve and their (very spoiled) golden doodle, Bisquit.
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Currently, Ms. McGovern works at as Vice President, Human Resources at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Maryland. In this role she has established the wellbeing framework to guide all workforce initiatives. Prior to her current role, Ms. McGovern worked at Chilton Hospital and Atlantic Health System in New Jersey. She has executive experience in various HR roles, including health benefits administration, talent development and recruitment. She has experience guiding hospital mergers and integration.
She has a master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the book The Happy Employee.
Ms. McGovern is a board member for the Anne Arundel Workforce Initiatives Board and the Anne Arundel United Way Partnership Board.
Corporate SVP of Innovation, HR and Performance Management
Vic Buzachero is currently a Corporate Senior Vice President with Scripps Health in San Diego. Since joining Scripps in 2001, Scripps has been recognized by AARP and Working Mother Magazine as a top employer as well as being ranked #60 by Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2015. Vic has more than 30 years in human resources and health care experience. He joined Scripps from the Providence Health System. Prior to his tenure at Providence, Vic served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for the Banner Health System and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Samaritan Health System, which is now a part of Banner. During this time, he led new programs for leadership development, service excellence, reduction in employee turnover, and improved employee satisfaction. His efforts at organization development and effectiveness were recognized by Franklin/Covey with a 1999 “Organization of Excellence” award. Vic has held senior executive roles in Presbyterian Health System (Texas Health Resources) and Baptist Health System. Vic is a frequent speaker at the national level and serves on the Board of Directors for various corporations.