February 2, 2021 – Following a national search, Furst Group, which serves the healthcare and insurance industries, has assisted City of Hope in the placement of Angela L. Talton as its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. She will provide leadership for the biomedical research and treatment center’s holistic and integrated efforts to continue its efforts to build a diverse and inclusive culture at all levels of the enterprise. “At City of Hope, we are committed to deepening our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion both in the workplace and through our continued efforts to bridge gaps in cancer research, access, treatment and outcomes in diverse populations across our country,” said Debra Fields, executive vice president and chief transformation officer at City of Hope. “Angela is an accomplished, proven leader who will help further our vision.”
Ms. Talton has expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion encompasses leadership development, recruitment and retention of talent, communication strategy, philanthropic giving, supplier diversity and analytics. Most recently, she advised national clients through her firm, ALTalton Consulting. Prior to that, she served in senior executive roles at industry leader Nielsen for nearly 12 years, including chief diversity officer, senior vice president of global diversity and inclusion, and SVP of global call center operations. It was there that she crafted a five-pronged strategy focused on accountability, career development, talent retention, supplier diversity and education. Under her leadership, Nielsen’s reputation as a recognized leader in corporate diversity climbed in the rankings of DiversityInc’s list of top 50 companies for six consecutive years. Throughout her career, Ms. Talton has held a variety of senior executive roles, including serving as a divisional vice president at Sears Holding Corp. and as a VP of business processes at ALLTEL Communications. Ms. Talton was named one of the most powerful women in corporate diversity in 2019 by Black Enterprise magazine.
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“Compassion can be seen through City of Hope’s long history of valuing every single person and is exemplified in their patient treatment, family care and research facilities. From its roots over a century ago, this medical and research center has nurtured a tradition of warmhearted, whole-person care before, during and after treatment,” Ms. Talton said. “I am excited to join City of Hope and to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the health care industry where impact matters for patients, employees and the community at large.”
City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1913, it is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope has been ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California.
Furst Group, which is headquartered in Rockford, IL, partners with many of the premier healthcare organizations in the world, from providers and payers to life-science companies and private equity/venture capital firms. While Furst Group’s roots are in managed care, the firm continues to be one of the nation’s leading executive search partners to health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, post-acute and hospice and palliative care facilities. Its work with insurers stretches back to the HMO era, yet the firm also teams with life-science, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Furst Group also has offices in Phoenix, AZ; Radnor, PA; San Francisco; Brentwood, TN; Chicago; Irving, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Seattle; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media