Jacquelyn Gaines

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Jackie Gaines

Jacquelyn is a senior executive, national speaker and best-selling author with more than 40 years of healthcare leadership expertise. She has dedicated her career to advancing quality healthcare across the country.

About Jacquelyn

Jacquelyn brings more than four decades of experience in the healthcare industry to her role as an executive coach at Huron. She has dedicated her career to the advancement of quality healthcare programs throughout the U.S., with a particular focus on poor and underserved communities. She began her career as a clinical registered nurse and has gone on to become a senior executive, professional speaker and best-selling author.

Jacquelyn has held executive positions for healthcare systems from Maryland to Oregon, and was the president and chief executive officer of Health Care for the Homeless Inc., Providence Milwaukie Hospital and Mercy Health Partners for northeast Pennsylvania. As a senior director and executive leadership coach with Huron, she continues her mission of helping improve healthcare for patients and caregivers alike.

Jacquelyn frequently speaks in front of large audiences at health systems, hospitals and industry conferences. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). Jacquelyn also continues to give back to the community by serving on numerous boards and task forces.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Design and Alignment
  • Cultural Change
  • Engagement


  • Healthcare
  • Nonprofit

Education & Certifications

  • M.S., University of Maryland
  • B.S., University of Maryland
  • Registered Nurse
Book this Speaker

Available to Purchase

  • Jackie Gaines Book 1

    Wearing the Yellow Suit: A Guide for Women in Leadership

    In Wearing the Yellow Suit, speaker, author and healthcare executive Jackie Gaines shares powerful, useful and candid advice to help women become highly effective leaders in a world that still tips the advantages toward men.

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  • Jackie Gaines Book 2

    Wait a Hot Minute! How to Manage Your Life With the Minutes You Have

    Best-selling author Jackie Gaines wants you to get real about all the ways you are squandering your most precious resource - time. Wait a Hot Minute! offers respectful truth-telling about the “time robbers” that are ruining your life and lays out some practical tips to help you refocus on the things that really matter.

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  • Jackie Gaines Book 3

    The Nurse Leader Handbook: The Art and Science of Nurse Leadership

    The Nurse Leader Handbook: The Art and Science of Nurse Leadership helps fill in the knowledge gaps for the courageous and dedicated men and women who take on one of the most complex jobs in healthcare.

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  • Jackie Gaines Book 4

    Believing You Can Fly

    Believing You Can Fly is the true story of a woman who turned her dream of helping people into a rewarding thirty-year career in healthcare.

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