Kaiser Permanente | Hall of Fame
- Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson is the living embodiment of the organization’s D&I legacy, having started at the lowest management rung as a college graduate from Golden Gate University. He is the number 1 healthcare executive on Modern Healthcare’s 2017 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and the only Black person in the top 10. Kaiser Permanente’s diversity efforts have produced better healthcare outcomes for their customers for years.
- Increasing the already superior racial and gender diversity at the highest levels, Bernard and his 14 direct reports are 53 percent racially diverse versus 24 percent for the Top 10. Four of the 5 women in top management are racially diverse.
- Kaiser is not resting on its laurels. In 2017, it approved several initiatives to advance equity in hiring and leadership development. Among them, leaders will formally review and analyze workforce data every six months to identify diversity gaps and determine actions to ensure equitable hiring and development practices.
- Kaiser also restructured its business resource groups to create consistent investment in, and access to, programs that help develop its diverse workforce, strengthen its culture of inclusion, engage the communities it serves, and contribute to its goals. The updated program will deliver meaningful experience and exposure opportunities to staff and managers, professional development programs to BRG leaders, and mentoring that is integrated with Kaiser’s leadership development and succession program.
- Kaiser earned the 2017 Leading Disability Employer Seal from NOD and achieved a score of 100 percent on the USBLN Disability Equality Index.
- Dr. Ronald Copeland, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer is a board member of NOD.
FROM THE COMPANY
At Kaiser Permanente, we recognize the strategic importance of an inclusive and equitable organizational culture and its role in our overall success. Nearly 65% of the organization’s total workforce are members of racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities, and nearly 75% are women.
We continue to take a thoughtful approach to succession planning and attracting proven leaders, enabling women to effectively contribute to the success of our organization. In 2017, we named 30 women to vice president or higher roles.
This commitment to diversity and inclusion starts right at the top of the organization with Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. Tyson personally signs off on executive compensation tied to diversity, diversity metrics, and progress, goals, and achievements for supplier diversity.
Many Kaiser Permanente employees participate in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which they refer to as Multicultural Business Resource Groups (MBRGs). Kaiser Permanente restructured its Business Resource Groups (BRGs) in 2017, creating consistent investment in, and access to, programs and events that help develop our diverse workforce, strengthen our culture of inclusion, engage the communities we serve, and contribute to Kaiser Permanente’s goals. This updated BRG program will deliver meaningful experience and exposure opportunities to staff and managers, professional development programs to BRG leaders, and mentoring that is integrated with Kaiser Permanente’s leadership development and succession program.
The diversity of Kaiser Permanente’s workforce reflects the rich diversity of its patients, members, and communities.
Bernard J. Tyson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
“Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been inextricably linked to our mission of improving the health of our members and the communities we serve since our founding more than 70 years ago. We are proud to be recognized as a champion of diversity and inclusion, because we know that by welcoming differences, rather than seeing them as barriers, we are in a stronger position to serve our members.”
Dr. Ronald Copeland
Senior Vice President, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Strategy and Policy, Chief Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Officer
“We are honored to be among the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees and remain relentless in our efforts to achieve equity and inclusion for our workforce and the communities we are privileged to serve.”
U.S. Headquarters: Oakland, Calif.
Global Employees: 200,138
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 2
OTHER DIVERSITYINC LISTS
- No. 1 Executive Women
- No. 6 Recruitment
- No. 8 People with Disabilities
- No. 10 Diversity Councils
- No. 14 Supplier Diversity
- No. 17 Veterans
- LGBT Employees