James Taylor

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

James TaylorJames E. Taylor is one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the field of diversity and inclusion. As a healthcare leader, he instills that transformation is an urgent industry requirement and cultural competency is fundamental to that transformation in the fast-changing world of healthcare.

As one of the leading integrated global nonprofit health enterprises in the United States, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) develops and delivers Life Changing Medicine with more than 62,000 employees, 20 hospitals, and 5,000 licensed beds.

In his role, Dr. Taylor is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic diversity initiatives which differentiate and advantage UPMC. To this end, Taylor executes leading-edge and next-generation diversity strategies to progress the organization’s diversity management capability and national presence as a diversity leader.

Prior to joining UPMC, Taylor served as both Chief Diversity Officer & Chief Learning Officer at Carolinas HealthCare System. In this capacity, Taylor was charged with ensuring the diversity visibility and influence of Carolinas HealthCare System through the development of products and services that enhanced the cultural competence of the workforce and improved its competitive position in the marketplace.

Dr. Taylor has also served as Executive Director, Diversity Strategy Execution and Workplace Inclusion at Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest managed care organization and not-for-profit health plan. During his ten year tenure with the organization, both Taylor and Kaiser Permanente were recognized as diversity leaders in the effort to eliminate health disparities by various organizations including Diversity MBA, DiversityInc, Catalyst, Black EOE Journal, and Hispanic College Fund.

Taylor earned both a doctorate and master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and completed his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College in New York. He also received an executive leadership certificate from the Harvard Business School of Harvard University. Taylor has been awarded for his work both within and outside of health care, as he is actively engaged in many philanthropic and community based endeavors, holding multiple board appointments and supporting numerous charitable activities.

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