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Nicole Hughey
Senior Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Partners HealthCare

Nicole Hughey Brings her Passion for Building D&I Programs from the Ground Up to Partners HealthCare

Nicole Hughey is the Senior Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Partners HealthCare. Her D&I work spans more than a decade and several organizations. Over the course of her career, she has been most proud of building D&I strategies and initiatives from the ground up. Successful initiatives include Diversity Speaks, an employee engagement series that cultivates a work environment that honors differences and promotes conversation. Nicole believes a solid D&I foundation must be anchored in strong elements of accountability at the leader and staff levels. She developed and implemented a number of inclusive leadership tools to build leadership capability and instill accountability. The tools help leaders hold transparent and courageous conversations with employees about internal and external cultural influences impacting the employee experience and business opportunities.

To promote innovation, Nicole looks for opportunities to bring different people with various backgrounds and expertise to the table to discuss how to effectively apply a diversity and inclusion lens to old and new challenges. Some of her most creative, impactful and sustainable work has come from partnerships with internal colleagues across the organization and external partners that bring an “outside” perspective. Nicole leads with transparency, open-mindedness, and a willingness to look forward to find solutions.


Favorite Quote:
“If you want something you’ve never had, do what you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson