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Practical Strategies to Encourage Diverse Work Environments, Jim Hughes, Vice President of Org Development – Ardent Health Services

April 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please join us for the next in our new East Texas ACHE Forum program series, Brain Food: Lunch & Learn events – right in the middle of the day for your convenience.


This virtual event will be held via Zoom. Feel free to grab a lunch and join us for this special program, Practical Strategies to Encourage a Diverse Work Environment, with our guest speaker, Jim Hughes, Vice President of Organizational Development – Ardent Health Services.


Jim Hughes began his career in Organizational Development in 2000 and is currently the Vice President of Organizational Development for Ardent Health Services.  Ardent operates 30 hospitals and numerous medical offices, with 4395 licensed beds across six states, and employs approximately 26,000 people, including about 1,150 providers with a total combined annual revenue of approximately 4.2B.

Before joining Ardent in 2008, Jim was an Independent Training and Performance Consultant. Jim has held many leadership roles in professional organizations throughout his career, including President of the NM Chapter of International Society of Performance Improvement, President of the NM Chapter of American Society for Training and Development, Board Member of the Albuquerque Quality Network, and External Advisor to the University of New Mexico Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies degree program.

Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Thiel College in Greenville, PA, and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Albuquerque, NM. Jim holds numerous certifications related to Learning and Organizational Development, including Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership II, Fierce Conversations, Main Event Management – ModelNetics, The ROI Institute, HumanEx Ventures Selection Processes, and The Birkman Method.

Jim currently serves as an Executive Sponsor for the Ardent Diversity & Inclusion Council and Women @ Ardent program.  Jim leads with a Heart-Mind approach and prides himself on building and maintaining strong, trusting relationships with his stakeholders. Jim’s current work portfolio includes Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Service Excellence”.

Jim resides in Franklin, TN, with his wife of 20 years.


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