Nkem Okafor is a senior healthcare executive with experience in strategy, business development, program management, hospital operations, and consulting. She is the System Vice President of Strategy & Planning at Methodist Health System, a $1.5 billion, 9 hospital system in DFW. She oversees system-wide strategies and business planning, leads growth activities, and guides analysis for the company’s decision-making. She’s led numerous development projects, totaling over $160 million.
Previously, Nkem was a System Director at Houston Methodist, where she oversaw programs in business development, operational improvement, global operations, and community benefits. Under her leadership, she expanded the company to new countries and tripled revenue expectations for her division. She improved operational performance, resulting in over $70 million in financial savings. She oversaw the system’s community benefits, totaling $530 million in funding for community health-related programs. She began her career at Deloitte Consulting as a Strategy & Operations Business Analyst.
Nkem was named one of the Top 15 Business Women of Dallas by the National Diversity Council. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Leadership Dallas alumni, and member of National Association of Health Services Executives. She’s engaged in the community and serves on boards for City Square, Junior Players, Woman of Purpose, and Cynthia Mickens Ministries. She has a Master of Public Health degree in Health Management from Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor’s from the UNC at Chapel Hill in Journalism and Public Policy. Nkem enjoys traveling, dancing, performing arts, and having fun with family and friends.