Crain’s NY Business, Notable Women in Talent Resources 2020 - Donna M. Hughes

Insights from Leaders
2 min readJun 2, 2021

A human resource executive, organizational leadership coach, and accomplished attorney with over 25 years of experience — Donna M. Hughes is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders, so in turn, they can invest in their teams and positively shape communities. She believes that culture is key, and if companies exercise a growth mindset and empower employees to share innovative thoughts, organizations will have engaged workforces and higher performers.

“Donna M. Hughes brings varied and valuable experiences to her new role as EmblemHealth’s chief human resources officer. She’s an attorney, she had the unenviable chore of being involved in the layoff of 30,000 employees after Circuit City’s bankruptcy — and she was the HR leader of Impax Laboratories Inc. No wonder she’s been profiled in multiple publications and speaks regularly on issues such as mergers-and-acquisitions transformation, mental health in the workplace, and the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. At EmblemHealth, Hughes is responsible for aligning human capital strategies with the overall business plan. In her first year, she revamped the company’s onboarding practices, rolled out rules on effective working styles, and invested in employee and leadership development programs.”

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About Donna M. Hughes: Donna is a human resources executive leader, attorney, and leadership coach with 25 years of experience in various industries. Donna uses her diverse background to drive transformative business solutions. Her legal knowledge aids her in driving business objectives that are clear and considerate of risk management. Donna applies the principles of servant leadership and coaches individuals and teams to reach their highest potential. She is committed to supporting the underserved through her volunteerism and is passionate about coaching the next generation of business and community leaders.

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