Longwood Gardens Appoints Shelley Dinehart Chief Human Resources and Culture Officer  

KENNETT SQUARE, PA – Longwood Gardens today announced the appointment of Shelley Dinehart as the Chief Human Resources and Culture Officer (CHRO). In this newly created role, Dinehart will lead the organization’s efforts to attract, develop, engage, and retain the best talent, with a focus on elevating employees and building strong teams while helping to foster inclusion. 

“We're excited to bring Shelley on board, as she brings a wealth of talent and a depth of knowledge in human resources management, leadership development, talent management, and executive leadership," said Paul B. Redman, President and CEO of Longwood Gardens. "Shelley possesses a passion for delivering world-class service, and a drive to support employees—all of which align with our organization’s goals of being a great garden of the world, as well as a great place to work and belong.”  

Prior to joining Longwood Gardens, Dinehart founded Tallaine Associates, a Human Resources Consulting firm that provides C-level advisory services focused on aligning organizational design and talent plans with changing business strategies to corporate and nonprofit clients. 

 “I’m thrilled to work with the exceptional team at Longwood Gardens,” Dinehart said. “I look forward to continuing to build on Longwood Garden’s commitment to creating an inclusive, engaging and supportive culture that enables our staff and volunteers to grow and thrive.”      

Dinehart brings more than 25 years of experience across human resources, consumer practices, and communications. Before launching Tallaine Associates, she worked for JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors from 1993 until 2015, where she was the Chase HR Executive and Managing Director. Partnering with the executive leadership team, Dinehart established a talent and succession plan, implemented a people management strategy and managed HR services supporting 150,000 employees globally.  

Being a thought leader and building bridges across organizations to ensure they become connected as one culture comes naturally to Dinehart. She’s a sought-after coach and trusted advisor—while at JPMorgan Chase she was a founding member of the bank’s Women on the Move initiative, a mentoring and empowerment program designed to help women advance their career, a member of the Corporate Diversity Council, and the Executive Sponsor for the Chase Black Executive Leaders Forum.  

She’s active in the community, having served on the Board of Directors for various nonprofits including Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., and Saint Edmond’s Academy. Dinehart is a volunteer and previously served as a program manager with Compass, a nonprofit which provides pro-bono strategic consulting services to other nonprofit organizations. She also frequently mentors college graduates as they make the transition from school to the workforce and previously served as an Executive in Residence at Villanova University’s School of Business. 

Dinehart graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and obtained her master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. 

About Longwood Gardens 
In 1906, industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,100 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ, and grand conservatory. Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, bringing joy and inspiration to everyone through the beauty of nature, conservation, and learning. Our culture encourages and supports the growth of each of our more than 1,100 staff member’s skills, talents, and experiences, continuing a legacy that has made us one of the world’s premier gardens. To learn more about Longwood and our current opportunities, visit longwoodgardens.org. Open daily, Longwood is one of more than 30 gardens in the Philadelphia region known as America’s Garden Capital.