Humana Employees Discuss the Future of Inclusion and Diversity During the Derby Diversity Week Summit

Originally published at humananews.com. Humana ranked No. 9 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.

 

A team of Humana employees participated in the Derby Diversity Week Summit to discuss how we are implementing our inclusion and diversity strategy here in our hometown of Louisville, KY as well as all of the communities we serve. We recognize the need to continue to champion diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts more broadly, and to take actionable steps to ensure Louisville is on a path to becoming a community in which all residents feel a sense of belonging. Times of celebration are no exception to this, which is why Humana has sponsored this and other events around the Kentucky Derby Festival where we believe we can contribute to our larger effort of addressing health disparities and increasing health equity by addressing social connectedness and inclusivity.

The panel included Humana employees Corey Blakey, Associate Director of Culture and Engagement; Dana Wilson, Inclusion & Diversity Leader; Irene Justiniano, Director of Learning Design; Betty Henriquez, Inclusion & Diversity Leader; Keni Winchester, Director of The Humana Foundation; and was moderated by Sean Tuttle, Associate Director, Process Improvement, Procure to Pay Operations. Together, this group of speakers touches many of the aspects of our work to advance inclusion and diversity. During the event, the group discussed our current inclusion and diversity initiatives within the company and in the communities we serve, as well as opportunities and our goals to drive equity forward in the future. Kendra Flanigan, Vendor Management Professional with our Supplier Diversity Team, was the Volunteer Co-Chair for the summit. Kendra said, “The Derby Diversity Summit was important for us to participate in because it adds a new dimension to Derby celebrations, giving Humana a new way to contribute our time and talents to our hometown.”

“We all have an opportunity and responsibility to engage in solidarity with movements which promote greater equity, inclusion and belonging. Participating in the Derby Diversity Week Summit provided a necessary platform to connect with individuals outside of Humana who also work to advance equity and inclusion efforts across Louisville,” said Corey Blakey, Associate Director of Culture and Engagement and member of Humana’s Inclusion & Diversity Executive Council. “We had a meaningful exchange of ideas and I’m excited to see programming around Derby expand to include events that promote inclusion and belonging across our city. The collective conversation is important, however it is even more important for each one of us to take action every day to dismantle the thinking and structures that have led to the unequitable practices and policies and put systems into place that are equal and fair for all.”

Participation and sponsorship of the Derby Diversity Week Summit is part of how we’re staying committed to the health and well-being of our hometown and ensuring that its greatest celebration, The Kentucky Derby, is inclusive. Another example of Humana’s commitment to this is the Derby Equity Community Initiative (DECI), which we launched last year with Kentucky Derby Festival and Churchill Downs Incorporated. DECI is a combined effort to incorporate equitable programming into the Derby season with the intention of directing economic impact and ensuring a sense of belonging to Louisville communities that have encountered a lack of access to those opportunities and the spirit of Derby season.

To learn more about our work in inclusion and diversity and our commitment to the communities we serve, please read Humana’s 2021 Impact Report.

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