VeLois Bowers is currently the Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at CHRISTUS Health, Houston, TX, an international Catholic, faith-based health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities and 30,000 employees. VeLois leads the development and implementation of short and long-term strategies, plans and programs within CHRISTUS Health’s Diversity and Inclusion work plan. As a change champion, she provides leadership in the development of a culture that celebrates and thrives with a diverse and inclusive group of associates, medical staff and business partners participating or serving in the healing ministry of CHRISTUS Health.
VeLois has previously held senior leadership roles as the head of diversity and inclusion in several major organizations such as Trinity Health, the fourth largest Catholic health care system where she was instrumental in launching their equity in care initiative to ensure that all patients are given equitable care as they enter each Trinity Health facility.
VeLois worked for the Kellogg Company in late 2004 as their Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion after spending five years at the Whirlpool Corporation, where she served as Vice President, Global Diversity. In this role, she developed and implemented a wide range of diversity strategies and initiatives for employees and the community of Benton Harbor, MI. She formerly worked for Western Michigan University for 7 years in Kalamazoo MI in varying leadership roles also in Human Resources.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She has participated in numerous leadership development courses throughout her career, including the Aspen Institute for Young Executives. She’s a member of several boards and professional organizations including the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, Lifetime member of NAACP, a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives, the Vice Chair of the American Leadership Council for Diversity and Inclusion, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.