Rosalyn Carpenter is the Senior Vice President, and Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact Officer for CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest health systems in the Country. Located across 21 states, in more than 1500 care sites, 140 hospitals, 180,000 employees with combined Catholic Health Initiatives/Dignity Health revenues of nearly $34 billion. 

Rosalyn’s accountabilities include vision, leadership and enterprise management of diversity, health equity and inclusion strategies, programs, and initiatives for employees, patients and their families, and the communities we serve. She joined Catholic Health Initiatives in 2011 and served as Chief Diversity Officer. She previously held diversity leadership roles with HCA Healthcare and HealthTrust Purchasing Group. She was also President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Mid-dle Tennessee and Executive Director of the Metro Human Relations Commission for Nashville and Davidson County. 

She serves on various national advisory boards and committees, including the Meharry Medical College Health Policy Center National Advisory Board, the Catholic Health Association’s Special Committee to the Board on Diversity & Health Equity, Black Director Health Equity Agenda (BDHEA), DEI Committee of Music City Baseball who is working to bring MLB to Tennessee and was recently appointed to the Academic Review Committee, Journal of Healthcare Science & Humanities at Tus-kegee University. 

She is a member of Denver (CO) Chapter, The Links Incorporated. Previous community service in-cludes appointments to the Tennessee Board of Economic Development, Nashville International Airport Authority, and Chair, National Minority Supplier Development Council Healthcare Industry Group. She is the founding President of the Greater Denver Chapter, National Association of Health Services Executives. Rosalyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration and planning from Tennessee State University and planning certificate from Meharry Medical College and an MBA from Tennessee State University, Nashville. Ms. Carpenter resides in Nashville, Tennes-see.


She has held various positions as board member and as a volunteer for community organizations. She is an active mentor and coach to health care executives, practitioners and scientists.  She also performed as faculty on the topics of leadership and human resources management for doctoral students at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and serves as a guest lecturer for RUSH University’s Master’s in Health Administration program where she lectures on the subject of “Federal Sector Healthcare as a Managed Care Organization.”  She has a heart for changing the lives of young women and can often be found volunteering as a mentor and coach to at-risk youth.     

In 2022, Dr. Blakely was selected as The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Alumna of the year.  In 2018 Dr. Blakely was honored as one of Crain’s Chicago Notable Women in Healthcare.  In 2015, she was awarded one of the Omega Psi Phi Women of Excellence Awards for her humanitarian efforts.  In 2012 Blakely, was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Illinois Department of Disabled American Veterans. In 2011, Blakely was named as one of Chicago’s Women of Excellence for her professional and humanitarian accomplishments and she was recognized with numerous other awards and commendations for her contributions in federal health care.

Dr. Blakely earned her PhD in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where her dissertation topic was “Ethics as a Core Competency in Leader Selection.”  She has a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana.  She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the National Association of Health Services Administration.  She has published on the subjects of patient centered care and systems integration.