Carla Worthey-Sewell, PhD, MBA, SPHR

Carla Worthey-Sewell School of Health Sciences


 Carla has over 22 years of experience in consulting, business management and leadership development dedicated to the aviation, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Executive Talent Acquisition and Development for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), which owns and operates over 181 hospitals throughout the US and UK. Her primary focus in this role is developing selection and pipeline/succession strategies for the organization’s C-Suite executive positions and corresponding pathway functions. 

She formerly served as Assistant Vice President of HR Talent Analytics for HCA. She was tasked with leading the first ever people analytics function targeted at solving business problems focused around employee engagement, turnover, and patient experience, with data-driven solutions. Prior to that role, she served as the Director of Executive Development at HCA where she lead leadership development initiatives for executive level leaders and managed the execution of the Executive Development Programs for HCA’s hospital operations. Under her team’s leadership, the program received recognition as one of LeaderExcellence 2012-2013 Top 500 Leadership Programs

Before joining HCA, she served as the Senior Manager of Leadership Development at Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical/biotech companies. At Teva she was responsible for ensuring quality leadership development, talent aquisition and succession planning across the US for the sales, marketing and medical liaison departments of the Women’s Health division. Carla also has international business experience as an appointee to the Executive Leadership Council with rotations to Canada and Holland and former consulting in the Aerospace industry in South America and Western Europe. 

Carla is an adjunct faculty member for the Massey Business School at Belmont University and faculty at The Belmont Executive Learning Center where she serves as an executive coach and professor of executive leadership and communication. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a MBA from Belmont University & a PhD in Leadership Studies from Benedictine University. Carla is active with various non-profit organizations, including serving as an advisory board member at The New Beginning Center. Carla is married with three children.