Talia Brookshire

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Talia Brookshire | 39 | Chief diversity officer, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? Industrywide would be the global focus on health equity. I am happy that Neighborhood has been focused on health equity since inception, but I think there has been a brighter light shed on health disparities nationwide.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Always trust your gut. Do what feels right, the rest will fall into place.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to be in a position where I can still effect positive change and hopefully use my experience to make someone’s life better. I also hope to be more involved in the community, ideally with youth sports or science, technology, engineering and math programs.

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What was your first job? My first real job was working at PCGCampbell in Dearborn, Mich. Campbell is where I found my love for sports and all things marketing; my foundation was built in my time there. I could never thank them enough.

What moment changed your life more than any other? Becoming a mother to Skylar and Charley changed my life in a way that put everything quickly into perspective. I learned what to dwell on and what to move past. I learned who the real bosses are in our house. Most importantly, I have a better appreciation for grace and humility.

What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? I enjoy lobster rolls.