James E. Taylor, PhD

James Taylor

James E. Taylor is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations throughout North and South Carolina. In this capacity, Taylor is responsible for the development and implementation of Systemwide strategic diversity initiatives which differentiate and advantage Carolinas Healthcare System in the competitive industry marketplace. To this end, Taylor executes leading-edge and next-generation diversity strategies to progress the organization’s diversity management capability and national presence as a diversity leader.

Previously, Taylor served as Executive Director, Diversity Strategy Execution and Workplace Inclusion at Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest health care provider and not-for-profit health plan. In this role, Taylor was charged with ensuring Kaiser Permanente’s continuing diversity visibility and influence through the development of products and services that enhanced the cultural competence of the workforce and improved its competitive position in the market.

During his ten year tenure with the organization, both Taylor and Kaiser Permanente were recognized as diversity leaders by various organizations including Diversity MBA Magazine, DiversityInc, Catalyst, Black EOE Journal, and Hispanic College Fund. Taylor earned both a doctorate and master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and completed his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College in New York. He also received an executive leadership certificate from the Harvard Business School of Harvard University.

Taylor has been recognized for his work both within and outside of health care, as he is actively engaged in many philanthropic and community based events, holding multiple board appointments and supporting numerous charitable activities.