Holly Lorenz

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With over 40 years of healthcare leadership and health system operational experience, Holly Lorenz is a recognized healthcare executive with vast knowledge and expertise. Holly is acclaimed for her innovative strategies, as well as her genuine, authentic voice – one that engages audiences at all levels of leadership through relevant personal accounts and actionable roadmaps to success. Her passion for leadership, engagement, resilience and well-being is obvious in her inspiring presentations.

Prior to joining Huron as a contracted speaker, Holly Lorenz was the Chief Nursing Executive for UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) – a $24 Billion integrated delivery and finance system – with responsibility for establishing and leading the strategic vision for over 20,000 nurses.

In this capacity, Dr. Lorenz was responsible for the executive oversight of a nursing practice operating in more than 40 academic, community, specialty and international hospitals. Her leadership impacted 800 outpatient sites, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities with over 90,000 associates, as well as six diploma schools of nursing, two of which she opened during her last two years of tenure. Additionally, Dr. Lorenz successfully implemented an internal nursing agency within the UPMC Health System. During her time as a Chief Nursing Executive, she simultaneously served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Relations at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing (Office of the Dean).

Holly was named by Becker’s Hospital Reviews as one of the top 60 “CNOs of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know” in 2017, 2020 and 2022 and is a Wharton Fellow for Nurse Executives. Additional honors include being named to the 2015 University of Pittsburgh Nursing Honorary Alumni and receiving the Cameos of Caring Life Time Achievement Award for Western Pennsylvania.

Recently retired from her role as Chief Nursing Executive, Holly is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she serves on many influential boards including Family House, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and Capella University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Transformation


  • Healthcare

Professional Associations

  • American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL)
  • Pennsylvania Organization for Nursing Leadership (PONL)

Education & Certifications

  • Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification Examination (NEA-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Capella University
  • Nursing Honorary Alumni, University of Pittsburgh
  • Wharton Fellow, Management for Nurse Executives, University of Pennsylvania
  • Toyota Production System (Lean Management) Certification
  • Master of Science in Nursing Administration, University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Cincinnati

Speaking Topics List

  • Alignment and Accountability
  • Communication
  • Employee Attraction and Engagement
  • Executive Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Culture
  • Resilience and Well-Being
  • Patient and Consumer Experience
  • Quality and Safety
  • Strategy and Innovation
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Holly’s presentation on sharing her leadership journey and tips was great. I really enjoyed her top 10 key skills to have. I always love the takeaways from Holly’s presentations. She is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.
Holly is so engaging. Her shared personal experiences are so relevant with actionable strategies. She empowers me as a nurse and fills me with pride in my profession.
Holly’s approaches to self-care really hit home. I will immediately be implementing these tactics to be more present for my patients.

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