Dana Beckton

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Chief Diversity Officer

As Chief Diversity Officer at Sentara Healthcare, Dana Beckton, MA, is responsible for the strategic and operational implementation of Sentara's diversity and inclusion plan. In this position, Dana oversees Sentara's business and diversity strategies, ensures the growth and retention of a diverse workforce, and cultivates an inclusive work environment where all employees feel valued and have equal opportunities to succeed.

Previous Experience

Prior to assuming this role, Dana spent the last five years as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Christiana Care in Newark, DE. While at Christiana Care, she was responsible for developing and implementing a system-wide diversity and inclusion strategy. She led numerous Employee Resource Groups and worked with the community to host inclusive activities to help diverse students learn about careers in healthcare.

Prior to working at Christiana Care Health System, Dana worked for 12 years at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dana rose to leadership positions in the Training and Development department and then in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion where she instituted their CEO-led Diversity and Inclusion Executive Council.

Current Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Health Service Executives
  • Delaware State University – College of Health Sciences Advisory Board


  • Temple University – BS in Business Administration
  • St. Joseph’s University – MS in Organization Development and Leadership