Heather Brace is the Chief People Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated, nonprofit health system headquartered in Utah. She is responsible for Intermountain’s culture of engagement for more than 59,000 employees spanning across six states. Heather has strategic oversight for talent management and development, recruitment, Human Resources service delivery, total rewards, culture enhancement, learning and development, and integrating diversity and inclusion in the employee culture.

Heather joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2000 and has had a successful leadership journey. She is a consummate healthcare executive with more than 20 years of leadership and human resources experience in all areas of the field. She has fulfilled such roles as HR Executive Partner, HR Regional Director, HR Director for Homecare & Hospice, HR Manager for Intermountain Medical Center, Sr. Consultant, and Senior Recruiter. Since assuming the role of Chief People Officer in August 2018, Heather has overseen large-scale reorganizations of departments and service lines, benefit additions and transformations, and enhancing the employee experience. Most recently, she played a vital role in a cross-country partnership to support two New York health systems surging with COVID-19 patients.

Heather is recognized as a thought-partner and professional speaker on local and national levels, and networks with healthcare Human Resource/People officers around the country. Heather is passionate about empowering leaders and employees at every level to meet their full potential on behalf of Intermountain’s mission of helping people live the healthiest lives possible.

In 2002 Heather led the medical volunteer program for the Salt Lake City Olympic and Paralympics Games and was responsible for recruiting and implementing the volunteers. She received both her master’s degree in Health Services Administration and Health Promotion and Education and her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Utah. Heather and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of two boys.