Irene Helsinger

Partner, Newport Board Group

Ms. Helsinger received a B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

Ms. Helsinger is a partner at Newport Board Group, where she advises CEOs of privately held companies and nonprofit organizations on growth strategies and operational challenges, including restructuring, assessing executive talent, cultural transformation, strategic human capital planning and market changes.  She has worked with clients in the technology, energy, higher education, healthcare and timber industries.  Prior to joining Newport, Ms. Helsinger held senior executive positions at Texas Heart Institute and the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System.

Newport Board Group is a national professional services firm of exclusively dedicated equity partners who work together closely in the Newport Expert Network serving clients as advisors and board members.  Newport partners have extensive experience in business strategy, operations, exit strategy and capital markets, which they leverage to help CEOs and business owners to enhance and protect their investments.

Professional Affiliations  

  • Bullseye Engagement, advisory board, member
  • MasterWord Services, advisory board, member
  • St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Partnership LLP, former board chair
  • All Saints Insurance Company SPC Ltd., former director
  • St. Luke’s Community Development Corporation, former director

Civic and Philanthropic Activities
Leadership Roles and Contributions  

  • HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences, president’s advisory council, member; co-chair, Simulation Day 2014
  • Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, ex-officio board member; winner of 2014 President’s Key Supporter Award

Rice Affiliations
Key Relationships with Rice Constituents

  • As a Newport Board Group Partner, Ms. Helsinger has provided advisory services to Associate Vice President for Human Resources Mary Cronin and Associate Vice President of Facilities Engineering and Planning Jim Alty.
  • As chief human resources officer and chief administrative officer of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, Ms. Helsinger worked with a team of JGSB students on a human resources project and with a JGSB Capstone team that evaluated the efficiency of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce administrative processes.