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Yvette Burton

Yvette C. Burton, Ph.D., Academic Director of the Master of Science in Human Capital Management program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, is a senior business strategy and human capital solutions executive with significant experience in designing scalable workforce solutions to enable business growth and innovation.

A seasoned executive with more than 20 years of global experience in high impact, integrated human capital strategies for the media, consumer, industrial product, and defense industries, Dr. Burton is a leading scholar-practitioner in new models for the “New World of Work” in a competitive global market.

Since 2015, she has served as Vice President, Workforce Solutions and Intelligence, for Lockheed Martin. In that role, she has accelerated the company’s global execution of strategic business objectives through the design and implementation of enterprise-wide integrated talent and workforce strategies. As a trusted advisor and strategist to Lockheed Martin’s Chief Human Resources Officer and executive leadership team, she provides direction for internal and sector excellence across core human capital capabilities, including talent acquisition, strategic workforce planning, HRIS/analytics, leadership development, talent management, M&A, and organizational effectiveness.

Prior to her tenure at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Burton was Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Human Capital Consulting Practice for the consumer and industrial sectors, where she led the provision of advisory services to senior executive leaders on sustainable solutions to critical human capital performance and opportunity gaps for growth and innovation goals.

In addition, Dr. Burton served as interim CEO of The Arcus Foundation, a multinational charitable organization, where she reduced expenses by 30 percent, repositioned $25 million in programming investments, and improved operational efficiencies.

From 1999 until 2010, Dr. Burton held senior roles at IBM, including Senior Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach, Senior Business Strategist and Global Product Market Analyst, and Managing Business Research Director. Also during that time, she was Senior Executive for IBM’s Global Diversity-Driven Innovation Platform, which she created and led to generate more than $200 million in new business.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Burton held roles as a senior managing B2B solutions consultant, Healthcare Managing Consultant and Lead for Change Management at Ernst & Young, and National Organizational Development Director for the National League for Nursing.

Dr. Burton received a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master’s in Criminal and Procedural Law from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems and Human Development from the Fielding Institute, and an Advanced Management Program certificate from the University of Pennsylvania.