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Donna Hyland, president and chief executive officer of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, will deliver the Mason Public Leadership Lecture.

Donna W. Hyland has been a tireless advocate for pediatric healthcare and the children of Georgia for more than three decades. She has overseen monumental growth and achievement throughout her career. During that time, the not-for-profit has become one of the country's preeminent pediatric clinical care providers, with more than 11,000 employees managing approximately 1.2 million patient visits a year. Hyland has played an instrumental role in high-impact projects as CFO, COO, and CEO, including the merger of Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals, the addition of Hughes Spalding Hospital and Marcus Autism Center, and the advancement of the research partnership between Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

Under her leadership, Children’s is consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals both achieved Magnet recognition for their dedication to nursing excellence. Now Hyland is spearheading one of the largest hospital construction projects in the state. The $1.5 billion North Druid Hills campus will include Arthur M. Blank Hospital, set to open in 2025. Hyland’s dedication to pediatric healthcare has led to recognition as one of Georgia’s most influential leaders, and her community-centric approach has resulted in appointments to several local and corporate boards, including the Atlanta Committee for Progress, Inc., Cousins Properties Incorporated, Genuine Parts Company, and Truist.

The Mason Public Leadership Lecture is part of the Institute for Leadership Advancement's Terry Leadership Speaker Series. The lecture features prominent business leaders who contributed significantly to their communities or spent time in public service. It is supported by a donation from Terry College of Business alumnus Keith Mason (BBA '82, JD '85)


Requests for accommodations for those with disabilities should be made as soon as possible but at least 7 days before the scheduled lecture. Please contact Allison Porter ( to request accommodations. 


This lecture is part of the University's 2023 Fall Signature Lectures Series. 

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