U.S. Headquarters: Indianapolis
U.S. Employees: 33,785
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 34
Why It’s on the List
Despite a change in leadership at the top, with new CEO Joseph Swedish, and in its diversity efforts, WellPoint continues to make inclusive talent development and culturally competent customer relations a hallmark of its business.
The company has a diverse board of directors, with four of the 10 members female, as well as one Black and one Latino member. Formal succession planning for the top ranks of the organization includes women, Blacks, Latinos and Asians.
WellPoint has nine resource groups, known as associate resource groups. This includes groups for teleworkers, veterans, LGBT employees, employees with disabilities, and a group based on age. The groups are used for recruitment and talent development but also help improve the cultural competence of customer-facing employees, which is key to the health insurer’s success under the Affordable Care Act.
The groups have been used in the development phase of targeted education/training programs, including Safe Space, gender-transition guidelines and disability etiquette training. Group success is measured in terms of demographics and engagement.
WellPoint has an excellent supplier-diversity program, including mandatory Tier II (subcontractor) diversity, third-party certification, and outreach to suppliers owned by LGBT people and veterans with disabilities.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 9 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
- No. 3 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Veterans
- No. 5 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities
Vice President, Talent Management and Chief Diversity Officer
“WellPoint is thrilled to be named to DiversityInc’s list of top companies for diversity. We know that talent is at its best in a collaborative environment where our associates are encouraged to bring perspectives and ideas to their job and work together to help ensure our products and services reflect the diverse needs of our members. Our presence in this prestigious ranking for the last seven years is evidence of our long standing commitment to having a diverse workforce and taking sustained steps to building an environment where everyone’s contributions count.”