Carrington & Carrington Recruits Chief Diversity Officer for UPMC

April 7, 2016 – Executive search firm Carrington & Carrington has placed James Taylor PhD as chief diversity and inclusion officer of UPMC – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Taylor will lead UPMC’s efforts to continue as an employer, provider and insurer that reflects and embraces the rich diversity of the Pittsburgh region in both employment and in services. With experience in diversity and inclusion in the healthcare field, he is particularly interested in advancing a diversity agenda that responds to the demography of western Pennsylvania.

Previously, Dr. Taylor served as chief learning and diversity officer of Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte. In this role, he oversaw the implementation of system-wide diversity initiatives and integrated learning strategies, which positioned Carolinas HealthCare System, an organization of 60,000 employees, as a leader in these areas.

“I previously lived in two cities that many would consider transient: Charlotte, N.C. and San Francisco, so Pittsburgh’s sense of connectedness will be an exciting change,” said Dr. Taylor. “With UPMC’s size, brand, reputation and geographic footprint, I am looking forward to working with some of the brightest minds in the industry to illustrate the direct link between healthcare outcomes, workforce productivity and community engagement to issues of culture and diversity.”

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Taylor as the newest member of our team,” said Greg Peaslee, UPMC’s executive vice president and chief administration officer. “His proven knowledge and commitment to diversity and inclusion will allow UPMC to continue to grow as a healthcare provider that creates an inclusive environment for employees and patients alike.”

“Dr. Taylor brings the experience necessary to lead the diversity and inclusion efforts of such a complex organization,” said John Galley, SVP and chief human resources officer (CHRO) of UPMC.

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UPMC is a $12 billion integrated global non-profit health enterprise that has more than 62,000 employees, 21 hospitals with more than 5,100 licensed beds, 400 clinical locations (including outpatient sites and doctors’ offices), a 2.3 million-member health insurance division, as well as commercial and international ventures. UPMC is closely affiliated with its academic partner, the University of Pittsburgh.

Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Memphis, Carrington & Carrington specialize in the recruitment and placement of African Americans, Latinos, women, LGBT and other diverse professionals. The firm places middle management and senior level executives across various industries and functional areas. Willie E. Carrington founded the firm in 1979.

Just recently, the firm placed Andres  E. Gonzales as chief diversity officer at Froedtert Health and Medical College of Wisconsin.

Chief diversity officers are extremely important across the spectrum,” said Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector and its Million Women Mentors (MWM) Initiative as well as vice chairman of Diversified Search. “Their roles have shifted to insuring diverse talent as a primary role although they oversee outreach with organizations and are also often dotted lined to marketing and to supplier diversity for procurement.”

Diversity officers, she said, are today “considered part of the business team.” And institutions of all stripes are lining up to bring them on board. In recent weeks, Amhert College selected Isaacson, Miller to lead its search for a chief diversity officer. Bud Moseley, a vice president in the firm’s Boston office, is leading that assignment along with senior associate Donna Cramer. The successful candidate will serve as an advisor, advocate, and institutional resource for matters of diversity, equity, inclusion, workplace, culture, and climate for the New England-based college.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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