People: Renown's Michelle Sanchez-Bickley honored as top HR leader

Michelle Sanchez-Bickley

Michelle Sanchez-Bickley Courtesy Photo

Renown Health announced last month that Chief Human Resource Officer Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, was recently recognized by Ragan Communications and Workplace Wellness Insider for her leadership and innovation in human resources.

Per a Feb. 17 press release, Sanchez-Bickley joins an impressive list of more than 30 influential women around the nation selected as Ragan’s 2020 Top Women in HR Awards honorees, which recognizes female leaders who cultivate work environments where talent and business can thrive. Profiles of the winners appear online here.

Sanchez-Bickley is the healthcare industry’s only HR leader to receive the accolade.

“It is an honor to stand alongside such impactful leaders and represent the healthcare industry,” Sanchez-Bickley said in a statement. “As I reflect on 2020 and the many challenges and opportunities that came with it, I am reminded of the importance of effective human resources strategies to empower employees to not only overcome, but thrive amidst adversity.”

Sanchez-Bickley joined Renown Health in 2002 and has been vice president of Human Resources since 2008. She has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience. Prior to joining Renown, she lived in the Bay Area and worked in consulting and financial service industries.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle has played a critical role in helping us establish safe, enjoyable and effective working conditions for our more than 7,200 employees at Renown,” Renown Health President Dr. Tony Slonim said in a statement. “This includes making the switch to long-term remote work for over 700 Renown employees after revealing improved employee satisfaction and productivity. Michelle’s constant innovation, mentorship and attentiveness to the needs of current and potential employees makes Renown a better place to work.”

With a bachelor's degree in political science and justice studies from Frostburg State University in Maryland, Sanchez-Bickley earned her master's degree in human resource development from Georgia State University. She is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR) and holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Credential (SHRM-SCP).


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