IU Health Foundation COO Receives International Industry Honor

Strong. Ambitious. Driven.


For Laura Pickett, chief operating officer for IU Health Foundation, her humanity is at the core of her drive to excel within the realm of health care philanthropy.

“My call to leadership, passion for operations and serving within an Academic Medical Center are driven by personal health care experiences,” says Pickett. “Not only do I see the fruit of our work, I’ve experienced it personally in life-changing ways.”

The work is life-changing, but also career-changing. Pickett’s dedication and compassion have caught the attention of many leaders in health care philanthropy, and now she’s receiving professional recognition at an international level. The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) announced Pickett was selected as one of their 2019 AHP 40 Under 40.

The honor is a prestigious one—AHP is considered the leading industry organization for health care philanthropy professionals, with 4,500 members representing 2.200 healthcare facilities, not just in the U.S., but around the world.

And this isn’t the first time Pickett has found herself and her meaningful work in the spotlight. She was nominated in 2016 by senior leadership to participate in the Indiana Healthcare Leadership Academy, a program that guides, trains and strengthens the next generation of leaders preparing to take the reins in an ever-evolving industry. In 2017, she was recognized as Goodwill Industries International Volunteer Board Leader of the year.

The staff and leadership of IU Health Foundation congratulate Pickett on her most recent honor, and look forward to the impact she is sure to have on our industry, our system, and most importantly, on our patients.

As for Pickett’s vision for the future, it’s simple: “To answer the call of leadership to meet our opportunities and address challenges. I want the next 30 years of my career to positively impact the health of our current generation and future generations.”

Learn more about Pickett’s accomplishments and inspiration at www.ahp.org/member-center/awards-and-scholarships/40-under-40/2019-winners/laura-pickett.