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September 26-27, 2023

The Whitehall, Houston, TX

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The 13th Annual People in Healthcare Summit will recognize the work of HR leaders and healthcare leadership that effectively implemented programs to keep the medical workers that we all rely on engaged to fight burnout, staffed crucial positions, and implemented performance management of both medical and non-medical support staff.


Join senior-level HR practitioners and Chief Nursing Officers within hospitals, clinics, and other patient care facilities as we discuss best practices in talent acquisition, engagement, performance management, employee development and unionization. Network with a group of your peers and get insight on the latest technology and processes to effectively manage talent.


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HR in the Recovery Room:
Facing Ongoing Workforce Challenges Post Pandemic

Healthcare providers face daunting human resources challenges. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelmed the sector, hospitals, clinics, medical practices, and other providers struggled with doctor and nurse shortages, declining employee retention rates, employee burnout, and steadily rising labor costs. If not fixed, these challenges can put patients’ health and even lives at risk, as well as the emotional well-being of employees and the financial integrity of healthcare systems.

HR professionals can help champion the strategic value of talent and create strategies that cultivate and care for talent in a more effective and comprehensive way, aligned with where the organization’s strategy plans to move. An HR department disconnected from broader business strategy is no longer viable in today’s highly competitive healthcare industry. Critical HR issues often involve multiple stakeholders across other areas and HR professionals are called to collaborate with these stakeholders to ensure all interests are considered in critical policies.

The healthcare industry faces unique challenges. A successful HR practitioner understands these challenges and looks for ways to overcome them. While health care human resource managers share many responsibilities with their counterparts in other sectors, they also address industry-specific issues: The role of human resources in healthcare calls for a specific skillset. The ability to communicate effectively, manage complex operations, think strategically, and make evidence-based decisions is critical for leaders in healthcare human resources management roles.

The 12th Annual People in Healthcare Summit is a unique learning and networking space where HR, recruiting and other practitioners engaged in workforce management come together to discuss their strategies to hire and retain talent while addressing external changes. The event will also feature our Front of the Front-Line Dinner and Award Gala where we will recognize the work of HR leaders caring for those who deliver care.

Topics will include:

  • The role of diversity and inclusion in effective care
  • Managing increasing worker demands and unionization
  • Employee engagement and its impact on the patient outcomes
  • Employer branding and managing the candidate experience
  • Executing a comprehensive retention strategy to minimize turnover
  • Creating an organizational culture that supports change
  • Attracting and engaging nurses
  • Promoting employee wellbeing and fighting burnout
  • Managing contingent workers


Lori Knowles
Memorial Hermann

Thomas Nesteruk
SVP HR Shared Services

Cara Williams
Cottage Health

Laurie Colasanti

Louie Lugo
Chief People Officer
Gallus Medical Detox Centers

Kimberly Fulcher
Halifax Health

Tonya Hampton
Chief People & Culture Officer
Hennepin Healthcare

Rosa Colon-Kolacko,
Chief DE&I Officer
Tufts Medicine

Leah Silver
Carepath RX

Cathy Fraser
Chief People Officer

Creslyn Foster
Spindletop Center

Carlos Fernandez
Director Talent Acquisition
Houston Methodist

Karyl James
Chief Nursing Officer

Amanda Cresswell
System Vice President Nursing Professional Development Magnet & Research

Kimberly Galaviz
Chief Nursing Officer
Benchmark Human Services

2023 People in Healthcare Awards

HRO Today has a long tradition of recognizing the work of HR executives at our HRO Today Forums. In keeping with that tradition, the 2023 People in Healthcare Summit will recognize the work of HR leaders and teams that kept the healthcare workers that we all rely on engaged and ready to improve patient outcomes. Awards winners will be announced during an award gala dinner at the 2023 event.

Nominate your HR leader or team for an award! Categories for 2023 are:

2022 Winners

Large System Winner

Keyantee’ Davis
Chief Human Resource Officer
Trinity Health Michigan

Mid-Tier System Winner

Tonya Hampton
Chief People and Culture Officer
Hennepin Healthcare

Team of the Year Winner

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

2022 Leaders of Distinction

Mid-Tier System

Melissa Richards
Chief Human Resources Officer

Leah Silver
Chief Human Resources Officer

Kelsey Ross
HR Director
Connect Pediatrics

Large System

Jim White
Chief Culture Officer
Ignite Medical Resorts

Laurie Colasanti
Chief of Human Resources

Andrea Kwiatkowski
Executive Director
of Enterprise Clinical Talent Acquisition
CVS Health

Team of the Year

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  • Standard Pricing: $1,695
  • Discount Ends: 06/02/2023

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