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BCBS Receives 2018 Excellence in Diversity Award

    November 15, 2018

    John Brown, SVP – Chief Human Resources Officer for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana, accepted the 2018 GBR SHRM Excellence in Diversity award at the Annual GBR SHRM / ATD Joint Chapter Meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Boudreaux's. This is the second consecutive year Blue Cross & Blue Shield is the recipient of this award.  In an article written by Mr. Brown regarding the meaning of this prestigious award, he writes the following:


    “More impressive was what receiving this award says about our journey and where we're headed as an organization. Diversity and Inclusion is much more than a tag line for us. It is more than a few scattered initiatives and well timed celebrations. Diversity and Inclusion is who we are! We recognize that the more diverse and inclusive we are, the more innovative we will become. We recognize that the more diverse and inclusive we are, the more likely we are to increase market share and improve customer satisfaction and retention. We recognize that the more diverse and inclusive we are, the more likely we are to attract and retain the best talent, period!”  I walked around campus with the award for a few hours after returning from the event. It gave me an opportunity to share the moment with employees. Discussing what the award stands for and how everyone played a role in the achievement was fulfilling. The excitement was contagious..... It reminded me that we are on the right track.
    Diversity and Inclusion isn't a destination for us. We never expect to someday 'arrive'. Rather, it is a journey....OUR journey. A journey where EVERYONE is:

    • Invited and given a seat
    • Encouraged to bring their authentic selves
    • Rewarded for contributing

    Congratulations Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana!

    Pictured:  Libby Hotard-GBR SHRM Diversity Director, John Brown-SVP-Chief Human Resources Officer for Blue Cross Bue Shield of Louisiana, and Theresa Jones-GBR SHRM Vice President/President Elect