September 17-18, 2024

The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Atlanta, GA

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Formerly known as the People in Healthcare Summit, this event has expanded to include life sciences and will recognize the work of HR leaders who effectively implemented programs to keep both clinical and non-clinical workers that we all rely on engaged to fight burnout, staffed crucial positions, and implemented performance management strategies.


Join senior-level HR practitioners across hospitals, care facilities, pharmaceuticals, biotechs, and medical device companies 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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Facing Ongoing Workforce Challenges in Healthcare and Life Sciences

The healthcare and life sciences sectors face immense human resources challenges. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotech firms, and other entities grappled with talent shortages, declining employee retention, burnout, and escalating labor costs. Unaddressed, these challenges can compromise patient health, product innovation, employee well-being, and the overall sustainability of these vital industries.

The 14th Annual HRO Today Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit offers a platform for HR, recruitment, and workforce management experts to deliberate on strategies for talent acquisition and retention amidst industry fluxes. The summit will feature our Front of the Front-Line Dinner and Award Gala, celebrating HR pioneers across the healthcare and life sciences industries.

Topics will include:

  • Role of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation and care
  • Addressing rising workforce demands and potential unionization
  • HR’s Role in Clinical Trials
  • Impact of employee engagement on product outcomes and patient care
  • Crafting a resonant employer brand and enhancing candidate experience
  • Change Management in Biotech Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Strategies to reduce turnover and improve retention
  • Fostering a culture receptive to change and innovation
  • Methods to attract and retain top talent in specialized roles
  • Ensuring employee well-being and countering burnout
  • Strategies for effective contingent workforce management


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2023 Speakers:

Sylvia Munguia Pittman
Chinese Hospital

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

Amanda Cresswell
System Vice President Nursing Professional Development Magnet & Research

Carlos Fernandez
Director Talent Acquisition
Houston Methodist

Creslyn Foster
Spindletop Center

Cathy Fraser
Chief People Officer

Michele Johnson
Harmony Senior Services

Kimberly Galaviz
Chief Nursing Officer
Benchmark Human Services

Tonya Hampton
UCSD Health Systems and Sciences

John Henley
Chief Growth Officer
Talent Plus

Lori Knowles
Memorial Hermann

Thomas Nesteruk
SVP HR Shared Services

Gary Norris
Vice President, Client Services

Janie Petrosino
Partner Talent Transformation

Leah Silver
Carepath RX

Mark Smith
Group VP of Workforce Insights, Optimization and Staffing

Cara Williams
Cottage Health

Jim Hein
VP Recruitment Services
AMN Healthcare

Sarah Haase
RVP Strategic Talent Solutions
AMN Healthcare

Jocelyn McCanse
Senior Account Executive Healthcare
Universal Background Screening

Katie Burnett
Director Human Resources
Deaconess Health System

Cathy Knorzer
Chief Nursing Officer (retired)
 University Hospitals

Tracey Schiro
Oschner Health

Renee Mitchell
Chief Administrative Officer
Zing Health

Diane Psaras
VITAS Healthcare

Jeannie Virden
Central Health

Bill Roethke
Primary Care Commercial Recruitment Lead

Kristen Alvarez
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant
Tampa General Hospital

Debbie Bolla
Editorial Director
HRO Today

Elliot Clark
HRO Today

Dawn Whitney

2024 Healthcare & Life Sciences 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 2024 Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit will acknowledge the work of HR leaders and teams that kept the healthcare workers we rely on engaged and ready to improve patient outcomes. Award winners will be announced during an award gala dinner at the 2024 event.

Nominations for the 2024 awards are open! Apply Now!

2023 Winners

Large System Winner

Tracey Schiro
EVP, CHRO, Chief Administrative Officer
Ochsner Health

Small System Winner

Sylvia Munguia Pittman
Chief Administrative and Human Resource Officer
Chinese Hospital

Sustainable Workforce Winner

Diane Psaras
VITAS Healthcare

Lifetime Achievement Winner

Olesea Azevado
SVP, Chief People Officer

Talent Acquisition Team of the Year Winner

Memorial Hermann

2023 Leaders of Distinction

Large System

Nakesha Lopez
Chief Human Resources Officer
Baylor Scott & White Health

Cara Williams
Cottage Health

Small System

Gary Chow
Director, People Operations
Lyra Health

Gina Gilmore
Chief of People & Culture
Transitions Care

Meagan Langdoc
VP of Benefits and Total Rewards
Tampa General Hospital System

Renee D. Mitchell
Chief Administrative and Human Resource Officer
Zing Health

Sustainable Workforce System

Wendy Combs
SVP, Learning & Organization
CommonSpirit Health

Lisa Nalley
Chief of Staff & SVP of Human Resources
BrightSpring Health Services

Sue Webster
VP of HR
Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement System

Lori Knowles
Memorial Hermann Health System

John Petrov
EVP, Chief Caregiver Officer (CHRO)
The Guthrie Clinic

Talent Acquisition Team of the Year

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