Showing Up as a Leader

Ep.6 Nikki Sumpter, Chief Human Resource Officer at Atlantic Health System

March 29, 2021 WINGS For Growth Season 1 Episode 6
Showing Up as a Leader
Ep.6 Nikki Sumpter, Chief Human Resource Officer at Atlantic Health System
Show Notes

WINGS for Growth presents "Showing Up as a Leader" with Nikki Sumpter. Nikki is a Senior VP & Chief HR Officer of Atlantic Health System. She serves on many boards & has been awarded several awards for her work as a leader. Nikki talks to us about how she managed her career to be in the C-Suite much earlier than her plans, as a black woman. She shares with us her story about building a strong support team: her mother and grandmother are her biggest cheerleaders.   


  • Feedback is a gift, but it is up to you if you like to use it or put it on the shelf and re-gift it to someone who needs it.
  • I show up authentically and unapologetically everywhere. I do not let my cultural baggage dictate my life. 
  • Be bold about things you want; make it big, don't think small.
  • Don't be the victim of your circumstances.
  • Joy is a focus before a feeling. 

Guest Bio:

Nikki Sumpter is passionate about solving problems in order to unleash the power of people to succeed, communities to thrive and organizations to grow. 

Currently serving as Sr VP and Chief HRO of Atlantic Health System (17,000 team members &  400+ sites of care). Under Nikki’s leadership, Atlantic Health was named to Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For (for the 12th consecutive year) 

While at JPS Health Network, she led enterprise-wide strategies founded on a commitment to excellent patient-centered care and a best-in-class workplace. Nikki and JPS were honored with a Press Ganey Commitment to Excellence Award for Employee Engagement for their successful redesign of employee recognition, benefit plans, and workforce and leadership development programs 


  • Board of Trustee for Saint Elizabeth University 
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Morris-Sussex-Warren Workforce Development 
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Family Programs & Morristown Neighborhood House 
  • Rutgers University – School of Management and Labor Relations Center for HR and Leadership Development – HR Advisory Board Member 
  • WINGS for Growth, Inc. – Advisory Council Member 
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 
  • National Association of Health Service Executives 
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 


  • Recognized by the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey as one of the 2020 Woman of Achievement 
  • 2018 Great Place to Work for All Leadership Award, designed to recognize the integral strategic and cultural influence of talented women leaders from Fortune 100 recognized organizations 
  • Named Most Powerful Businesswoman by the National Diversity Council and Texas Diversity Magazine 

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