Jena Abernathy was fast-tracked very early in her career and has over 25 years of senior level executive management experience. Her entrepreneurial and creative spirit — along with seasoned judgment — helped her achieve success in a variety of executive roles in various settings including finance, manufacturing, and distribution. Today she is a nationally recognized leader in human capital management, performance excellence and organizational development, and a passionate advocate for mentoring women and minorities in executive and governing board roles. As a young executive, Jena served as vice president, human resources and administration for a publically-traded financial institution. She was instrumental with leading the company’s reorganization and acted as a change-agent that resulted in a financial turnaround impacting shareholder value.
Later at General Medical Corporation, Jena held a seat on the supply company’s Executive Operating Board, leading a total reorganization, and spearheading quality and customer service initiatives. Jena subsequently held senior level positions at Fisher Scientific International, a manufacturer and distributor of laboratory supplies and services and Premier, Inc., a national alliance of 2,300 hospitals and health systems. While serving as the chief administrative officer, Jena led comprehensive human resources and administrative services, including communications, public relations and marketing. In addition, Jena served as executive lead when Premier received the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Jena is managing partner/chair of Board Services, senior partner, Healthcare and serves on the firm’s board of directors. Jena coaches candidates and assists clients in identifying board members, CEOs, President and other C-Suite leaders for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, and foundations, as well as manufacturing, distribution and healthcare corporations. She is a noted leadership expert, author and frequent speaker, and has been quoted in Becker’s Hospital Review, CBS Money Watch, CNN.com, Fortune and many other leading media outlets. She was featured in Warren Bennis’ Leadership Excellence Magazine. She is a member of AccessCircles, a leading business network for women, and has served on the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra board and other not-for-profit organizations.
B.S., Business Administration, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Managing Partner/Chair of Board Services, Senior Partner, Healthcare and Board Member