Chief Learning Officer @ NorthShore University HealthSystem
Lynne Powers Bamford has enjoyed more than 20 years in talent development and considers herself “a business person who helps solve the people problems.”
She currently serves as Chief Learning Officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem, an integrated health care provider with approximately 10,000 employees based in suburban Chicago.
Her passion for learning has driven her to reinvent herself — and her career — over the years. Initially enthralled by the pursuit of power and fortune, she completed her master’s in business at NYU and worked in commercial real estate finance for several years before finally acknowledging she no longer had enthusiasm for the work. (In her defense, it was the ’80s). By then, she had discovered an interest in corporate training. She leveraged her natural facilitation skills and love of learning to transition into Learning & Development and has never (OK, rarely) looked back.
She currently leads a team of 50 professionals who drive learning and development across NorthShore through Epic (electronic medical record) training, leadership development, e-learning design and implementation, and training administration.
Bamford’s belief that learning drives performance has also sparked a passion for meaningful metrics. Over the years she has spent many hours with patient clients and long-suffering teammates in her pursuit to quantify the value of learning.