Jean Halsell

Human Resource Director

Who in your family had the most impact on your success? My children, Ben, Michael and Hillary. They gave me a reason to push myself when sometimes I wanted to give up. They are now all wonderful, giving and compassionate adults.

Headquarters: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Primary Business: Healthcare.
Employees: 38,000

What was the defining moment in your life in which you understood your leadership? After the planes hit the towers in New York. I was at home watching in horror just as millions of other Americans were doing that morning. I found myself crying and afraid of what may be coming next. As a member of the Air National Guard I thought for a moment about what this may mean for me personally, as well as for the country and I was paralyzed with fear. I was snapped out of my horror by my pager continuously going off. Colleagues at work were paging me in search of guidance on how to address the needs of terrified associates who were at work. I had to get beyond my own fears and respond to the leaders and associates on the other end of the phone. Leadership comes with a huge responsibility for others – it is not all about you.

Title: Human Resource Director
Education: BS, Business Management
What I’m Reading: SWITCH: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, by Chip Heath
My Philosophy: Be present in the world with an open heart and compassion.
Interests: Family, health, outdoor activities