Pamela Puryear, Ph.D.

Pamela Puryear, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer Inc.

Why is Pamela speaking at WorkHuman?

Pamela led the Head, Hearts, and Guts program, which became an integral part of Pfizer’s culture. It’s proven to be a concept easy for employees to remember and applicable on a global basis. At WorkHuman, she’ll share lessons from the launch of of the company’s new leadership behaviors. 

About Pamela:

Pamela Puryear currently serves as senior vice president and chief talent officer at Pfizer Inc. In this role, she 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 six years as vice president, organization development and chief talent officer.

Prior to joining Hospira, Pamela was an independent OD consultant for 12 years, working globally across industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, professional services, consumer products, insurance, and education. She began her career in the real estate investment advisory 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. Early in her career, Pamela also worked for Baxter Travenol (now Baxter), providing management consulting services to not-for-profit hospitals.

Pamela received the 2016 Trailblazer Award from the Greater New York Chapter of the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR-GNY). In May 2015, Pamela was profiled in Society of Human Resource Management (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. Pamela is a frequent speaker at human capital conferences.

Pamela holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in psychology with a concentration in organizational behavior from Yale University.

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Pamela Puryear, Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer

Business demands are ever increasing, and HR Practitioners can be tempted to offer an infinite number of solutions to meet those demands. The answer, however, lies in cutting through the clutter and striving for simplicity. Driving performance in today’s VUCA world requires a commitment to get to the heart of the matter – and, as […]

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