Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Diversity and Inclusion,
Mount Sinai Health System
Pamela Abner has over fourteen years of experience working with industry leaders to establish best practices, strategic framework and innovative programs to instill diversity, equity and inclusion across business lines. As a certified patient experience professional, a certified unconscious bias educator and an inclusion trainer, Ms. Abner strives to establish inclusive and culturally aware environments based on promoting anti-racist behaviors. Utilizing research methodologies, creating education curriculum, and applying best practices, she continuously seeks to help organizations identify discriminatory practices and disparities. She specifically focuses on eliminating barriers to care, employment and education for underserved and underrepresented groups as well as fostering relationships with community partners. In addition, Pamela often serves as a guest presenter or panelist at national forums and she heads her own consulting practice.
Currently, Ms. Abner holds the position of vice president and chief administrative officer for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Sinai Health System in New York. With regard to prominent accomplishments, her thought-leadership and strategic management guidance was fundamental to Mount Sinai Health attaining national ranking as the #1 health and hospital system on the Forbes 2019 list of Best Employers for Diversity, and maintaining leading status for five consecutive years ranking #1 in 2017 and 2018 on the Diversity Inc Top Hospital System list. Among her many distinctions, in 2019 Savoy Magazine named Ms. Abner as one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America and recently Crain’s New York Business 2020 honored her as a Notable Women in Talent Resources.
Pamela received her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Phillips School of Nursing Mount Sinai Beth Israel; a member of the Board of Advisors for MBE Capital Partners; a member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership Diversity and Inclusion Council; and a volunteer for Brown University’s Alumni Interviewing Program. She serves as mentor to those seeking career and professional advice with particular emphasis on guiding and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in healthcare careers.