Monday, July 29, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Receives Diversity Award from BDPA

BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan (BCBSM) has been honored by National BDPA with a 2013 Epsilon Award for its diversity programs.
"It is an honor for Information Technology to be recognized by the BDPA," said Gary Harvey, vice president, Information Technology. "Receiving this award is another example of IT’s commitment to foster and promote a diverse and inclusive culture. My thanks to those who have volunteered to work on, or with, our Diversity Advisory Council over the last several years. It is their efforts that are truly being recognized."
Past winners of the honor include Health Care Service Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Merck, Wal-Mart, WellPoint and Wells Fargo.
"We congratulate Information Technology and the Diversity Advisory Council on receiving this award for their efforts to embed diversity and inclusion at the business-unit level," said Amal Berry-Brown, senior director of BCBSM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "IT has been an exemplary partner in embracing diversity and in engaging their leaders and employees by implementing a division mentoring program, creating a job shadowing program and recognizing employees’ efforts for their diversity and inclusion activities through their divisional Diversity Branding Strategy."
The award will be presented Aug. 16 at the Dignitaries Reception during the National BDPA Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. The Epsilon Award qualifies BCBSM for further consideration to be named the BDPA Top Company for Blacks in Technology.

Since its inception in 1975, BDPA has been a strong advocate of promoting and advancing the interest and careers of African Americans in the field of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Cross-posted from Blues News (BCBSM Intranet newsletter)

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