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Oliver-Carter joins Human Resources as senior director of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Human Resources Vice President Susan M. Basso is pleased to announce that Sara Oliver-Carter has accepted an offer to join Penn State Human Resources as the Senior Director of Talent, Diversity and Inclusion. She begins her new role on March 20.

Sara brings to the position nearly three decades of successful, transformative talent management, and diversity and inclusion integration experience which multi-dimensional health organizations.

Reporting to Basso and serving on her senior leadership team, Sara will assume the responsibility for leading the development, implementation and administration of University-wide, HR-based talent acquisition, talent management, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

"Sara is a diversity leader, with a passion for the positive impact that true talent management, and diversity and inclusion can have on the institution and its strategic imperatives," Basso said. "Her proven ability to holistically attract and retain high-quality talent through innovative diversity and inclusion efforts, which simultaneously support business needs, will be a tremendous benefit to all colleges, commonwealth campuses and non-academic units across the University."

Over a nearly 20 year career with Highmark Inc., Pennsylvania's largest health insurance company with more than 5 million members, Sara successfully managed the direction, implementation and alignment of Highmark's diversity initiatives with its corporate strategy.

As Highmark's vice president of diversity and inclusion, Sara transformed the Diversity and Inclusion Center for Excellence by integrating change methodology into the strategic design, annual initiatives, and practices and processes development.

Sara had previously served as Highmark's director of corporate staffing and diversity and inclusion, where she led the enterprise-wide talent attraction and recruitment strategy, and managed all activities related to talent acquisition and diversity practices and programs.

Sara's career also includes extensive experience in business operations and human resource management, including serving as a human resources consultant and as an employment specialist with Alliance Ventures, a Highmark subsidiary. Prior to Highmark, Sara was the manager for client relations for Automated health System Inc. in Pittsburgh.

Sara earned both a master's degree in professional leadership and a bachelor's degree in business communications from Carlow University, as well as an associate's degree from Robert Morris University.