Forbes

In­de­pen­dence Health Group

- Gre­gory E. Deav­ens Trea­surer, Board of Di­rec­tors, The Ex­ec­u­tive Lead­er­ship Coun­cil

Amer­ica’s di­ver­sity is one of its strengths. The project of creat­ing this na­tion de­pends on ac­knowl­edg­ing a wide range of ideas, ex­pe­ri­ences, and per­spec­tives.

Now more than ever, we must draw on that strength — and re­flect on how to en­sure that the rights promised by Amer­ica are equally en­joyed by the full breadth of its cit­i­zens. This goes for health care in the time of COVID-19, for jus­tice in a time of so­ci­etal reck­on­ing on the is­sue of race, and for eco­nomic se­cu­rity in a time of re­cov­ery.

At In­de­pen­dence Health Group, we rely on the power of di­ver­sity to build a strong and vi­brant work­force, cre­ate ef­fec­tive health care so­lu­tions for all our mem­bers, and at­tract and serve a broad base of cus­tomers. Di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion is at the foun­da­tion of how we op­er­ate.

From our board, CEO, and se­nior lead­er­ship to the 10,000 as­so­ciates we em­ploy, we em­brace, nur­ture, and cel­e­brate our dif­fer­ences through vol­un­teer projects, em­ployee re­source groups, ac­tiv­i­ties, and clubs.

We also en­cour­age new prod­ucts, ideas, ser­vices, and so­lu­tions through our well-es­tab­lished sup­plier di­ver­sity pro­gram. In 2019, that pro­gram achieved record spend­ing lev­els with di­verse sup­pli­ers — busi­nesses owned by African Amer­i­cans and other peo­ple of color, veter­ans, women, and the LGBTQ com­mu­nity.

I’m proud to help en­sure that our busi­ness re­la­tion­ships re­flect the di­ver­sity of the com­mu­nity in which we live and work. And I’m also proud to have a lead­er­ship role at a com­pany that I know is com­mit­ted to the fight for eq­uity and jus­tice in Amer­ica.

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