Pamela PuryearSVP, Chief Talent Officer
Pam is a business leader, thought leader, and Organization Development (OD) practice leader. She is currently serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Talent Officer at Pfizer Inc. In this role Pam is responsible for leading strategy for programs and services that impact nearly 100,000 employees globally in the areas of talent management, learning and development, employee engagement, organization culture, diversity and inclusion, and workforce analytics. Pam joined Pfizer from Hospira Inc., where she spent 6 years as VP, Organization Development and Chief Talent Officer.
Prior to joining Hospira, Pam was an independent external OD consultant for 12 years who worked globally and across a number of different industry sectors including financial services, healthcare, professional services, consumer products, insurance, and education. Pam’s corporate clients included Deutsche Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Mercer, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Unilever, Allstate, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Pam began her post-MBA career in the real estate investment advisor industry doing real estate acquisitions, portfolio management, and managing a private Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) for pension fund advisors JMB Realty, Rosenberg Realty Equity Funds (RREEF), and AMB Institutional Realty Advisors. Prior to attending business school, Pam worked for Baxter Travenol (now Baxter), providing management consulting services to not-for-profit hospitals.
Pam's professional passion is performance excellence, and from her diverse professional experiences, she has developed a unique perspective on what creates and sustains excellence. She has worked with individuals, teams and organizations to excel by assessing needs, and offering solutions that impact performance and productivity. With and MBA and a PhD, she considers financial and human factors and how to manage both using sound organizational management thinking and focused business metrics.
In May, 2015 Pam was profiled in Society of Human Resource Professionals’ (SHRM) HR Magazine. In 2014 she was profiled and appeared on the cover of the February issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine and was honored to be selected as an award winner in the Business Impact category for the 2014 Learning in Practice awards sponsored by Chief Learning Officer magazine. In 2012 she was the recipient of the 2012 Rising Star Award by HR Executive magazine. She has also been recognized by the Illinois Diversity Council as a Multicultural Leader in 2014 and as one of Illinois’ Most Powerful and Influential Women in 2015. Pam is a frequent speaker at human capital conferences.
Pam holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Yale University.
Pfizer’s talent organization and executive leadership team set out to update its existing leadership competency model. Our goal was to elevate the impact of leadership on reinforcing and sustaining Pfizer’s highly accountable culture. The new leadership framework went viral in less than six months, exceeding even the most optimistic launch expectations. What was the secret sauce? And what steps are we taking to ensure that the early successes are sustained and truly drive performance? Pfizer’s chief talent officer and CLO will share a candid conversation about how the “sausage was made” and how “Leadership @ Every Level” is becoming a reality at Pfizer.
· Understand and apply criteria for identifying the right leadership model for your company.
· Explore ways to “live the message” of the leadership you want to see in your company in how you deliver your programs develop, communicate and launch development experiences.
· Leverage networks of leaders and story-telling to accelerate adoption of new leadership behaviors.