Ernest (Ernie) H. Urquhart
Ernie is President and Independent Consultant of Urquhart Consulting based in Scottsdale AZ serving clients nationwide. He is a vision and values based executive coach who works with individuals for professional development as they transition through her/his chosen career path. He is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Catholic healthcare West (now Dignity health) based in San Francisco, CA. In that role he was the leader responsible for creating and leading implementation of effective human resources strategies for over 50,000 employees of this integrated health care system, at 40 facilities in California, Nevada and Arizona. Prior to Dignity Health he had a successful leadership career across various industries for organizations such as Exxon, Johnson & Johnson, and Harcourt, Inc.
Since 2010, through Urquhart Consulting, Ernie is dedicated to working with clients to envision and empower their personal and professional career progression. He does this work with the quality and passion that characterized his own successful corporate and career journey. Typically clients are ambitious and talented mid- career to C-suite level executives who feel coaching and mentoring is part of their professional growth and development.
Complementing his business-based passion is Ernie’s commitment to lending his talents and skills to community based organization, particularly in areas such as health, education, and cultural learning. As such he is co- founder and President/CEO of the Urquhart Memorial Foundation that is dedicated to providing financial and mentoring support to students of Philadelphia, PA who are eligible and desire to go to college. Additionally he is has served on the Boards of the Museum of the African Diaspora, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre both of San Francisco, CA; Garth Fagan Dance of NY, America Speaks of Washington DC, and the National Association of Health Services Executives. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Decision Resource Group of Burlington, MA where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee.
Ernie’s life is made complete through his marriage to his wife Michelle and they enjoy traveling from their home in Scottsdale, AZ to expand and enjoy their global awareness.