DiversityInc Announces its First-Ever Inductees into the DiversityInc Top 50 Hall of Fame

EY, Kaiser Permanente, Novartis, PwC and Sodexo have been inducted into DiversityInc's Top 50 Hall of Fame. The companies inducted into the Hall of Fame have demonstrated exceptional human capital management accomplishments and superior corporate values and culture.


The criteria for the Hall of Fame is based on companies who have at one time ranked number one since the 2012 survey. The inductees reflect the longstanding and consistent commitment to diversity & inclusion and results.

In order to maintain one's Hall of Fame status, companies are re-evaluated annually in the Top 50 competition. The Hall of Fame inductees will stand on top of the Top 50. Future number one companies will all be added to the Hall of Fame.

Since 2001, the Top 50 list has recognized the nation's top companies for diversity and inclusion management. These companies excel in such areas as hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT and veterans. Companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees are eligible and there is no cost to participate. Companies are judged in the following areas:

  • Talent Pipeline (including recruitment at all levels)
  • Talent Development
  • Leadership Accountability (responsible for results, communications, visibility)
  • Supplier Diversity (percent of tier-I and tier-II spend with minority, women-, LGBT-, disability- and veteran-owned businesses)

The DiversityInc Top 50 learning sessions and announcement dinner will take place on May 1 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Nile Rodgers & CHIC will be our musical entertainment. Our keynote speaker is Paul Butler, author of "Chokehold: Policing Black Men."

Click here to register for the event. For more information contact Anita Ricketts, VP, Audience Development, at 973-494-0501 or ARicketts@diversityinc.com.

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Inspiring Women to Consider STEM Careers at Sodexo

While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

By Connie Arnold

Originally Published by Sodexo.

Candidates who meet me now may not know my background (unless they visit my LinkedIn profile, of course), and while I am currently a Strategic Recruiter for Sodexo's Clinical Technology Management opportunities, I spent around 20 years in the field as a Biomed myself!

From what I've found, many people aren't sure what a Biomed career consists of - or sometimes they don't even realize it exists.

In a nutshell, biomedical equipment technicians, also called biomedical engineers, biomeds or BMETs for short, hold a critical position in filling the gap between medicine and technology. They make it possible for medical staff to use state of the art medical devices, providing the highest level of patient care.

So how did I end up there? In high school, I loved math and science, and it seemed to promise real opportunities for our changing world. This was when I discovered biomedical engineering, which combined my two passions - medicine and fixing things.

Unfortunately, there are some young girls who still grow up thinking that engineering and science aren't meant for women, so it is important to me to show that women can thrive in the world of engineering (or in any career they choose). Because of this, I have chosen to share my personal career path and experiences with the students at my daughter's local high school and with you on this blog.

Today, gender equality and diversity is just as important as ever. Imagine the great advances that could occur in engineering if men and women were working together more often to solve problems. While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

In my current role, I have the great opportunity to search the country for Healthcare Technology Management professionals and hope that I can use my position to inspire more women to consider the field from an early age.

For those who may be interested in learning more about Sodexo and the jobs we have available, I highly recommend attending in person events, like the upcoming AAMI Conference & Convention, where Sodexo Clinical Technology Management operators and recruiters will be there in person to answer your questions and help you get to know our company better.

In the meantime, head over to our dedicated career page to read stories from both men and women in the Sodexo CTM organization and find out how you can become part of the team.

PwC: A Moment of Respect and Reflection this Memorial Day

Our veterans represent natural and authentic leaders, who are self-driven, goal-oriented and transparent communicators.

Originally Published by LinkedIn.

By Timothy Stoner

Our Remembrance

First and foremost, I wanted to take a moment to provide my personal gratitude and solemn respect for all of the women and men who have given their lives in the protection of the United States, our freedom and for the citizens of this great Nation.

Memorial Day has grown in significant importance for me and my family over the last decade. Having been deployed into combat, coupled with our continued operations and campaigns across multiple theatres, the number of soldiers lost and funerals I have attended - continue to climb.

While many may view Memorial Day as a signal to the conclusion of school, the beginning of summer, BBQs, vacations and time off, this isn't the set of lenses I look through. The loss and sting over the last seventeen years, have kept me grounded and mindful around this day of remembrance.

A New Challenge

I am excited to be writing to you today, and equally passionate about my newest challenge at PwC. I have been asked to lead our US Veterans Affinity Network (VAN), which is a critical component that contributes to and helps deliver our overall strategy within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

PwC's Veterans Affinity Network, is a close-knit community of more than 1,100 professionals, veterans, spouses, civilians, volunteers and families – all working together in the support and transition of our veterans from service to a career within PwC.

Investing in our Veterans

PwC and our Veterans Affinity Network is involved at every intersection and each step of the way: by providing one-to-one PwC veteran mentors and coaches to candidates as they move through the screening, recruiting and hiring processes, and once a veteran comes onboard, we offer coaches who are veterans and relationship partner support for ongoing career management and professional development.

Our veterans represent natural and authentic leaders, who are self-driven, goal-oriented and transparent communicators. This desire for authenticity - encouraging our people to be genuine and to reach their full potential – is partly why the firm has been recognized as a top military-friendly professional services employer since 2011. Most recently, we were named to the Military Times Best for Vets Employers List.

As a fellow veteran, with continued service in the Army Reserves, I completely understand the responsibility, service and sacrifice you and your family uphold. Thank you for making the difference, your commitment and answering our Nation's call.

Kaiser Permanente Researchers Develop New Models for Predicting Suicide Risk

Approach may offer value to health systems and clinicians in targeting interventions to prevent suicide

Originally Published by Kaiser Permanente.

Combining data from electronic health records with results from standardized depression questionnaires better predicts suicide risk in the 90 days following either mental health specialty or primary care outpatient visits, reports a team from the Mental Health Research Network, led by Kaiser Permanente research scientists.

The study, "Predicting Suicide Attempts and Suicide Death Following Outpatient Visits Using Electronic Health Records," conducted in five Kaiser Permanente regions (Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, California and Washington), the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and the HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis, was published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Combining a variety of information from the past five years of people's electronic health records and answers to questionnaires, the new models predicted suicide risk more accurately than before, according to the authors. The strongest predictors include prior suicide attempts, mental health and substance use diagnoses, medical diagnoses, psychiatric medications dispensed, inpatient or emergency room care, and scores on a standardized depression questionnaire.

Dr. Simon shares what inspired him to study mental health.

"We demonstrated that we can use electronic health record data in combination with other tools to accurately identify people at high risk for suicide attempt or suicide death," said first author Gregory E. Simon, MD, MPH, a Kaiser Permanente psychiatrist in Washington and a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

In the 90 days following an office visit:

  • Suicide attempts and deaths among patients whose visits were in the highest 1 percent of predicted risk were 200 times more common than among those in the bottom half of predicted risk.
  • Patients with mental health specialty visits who had risk scores in the top 5 percent accounted for 43 percent of suicide attempts and 48 percent of suicide deaths.
  • Patients with primary care visits who had scores in the top 5 percent accounted for 48 percent of suicide attempts and 43 percent of suicide deaths.

This study builds on previous models in other health systems that used fewer potential predictors from patients' records. Using those models, people in the top 5 percent of risk accounted for only a quarter to a third of subsequent suicide attempts and deaths. More traditional suicide risk assessment, which relies on questionnaires or clinical interviews only, is even less accurate.

The new study involved seven large health systems serving a combined population of 8 million people in nine states. The research team examined almost 20 million visits by nearly 3 million people age 13 or older, including about 10.3 million mental health specialty visits and about 9.7 million primary care visits with mental health diagnoses. The researchers deleted information that could help identify individuals.

"It would be fair to say that the health systems in the Mental Health Research Network, which integrate care and coverage, are the best in the country for implementing suicide prevention programs," Dr. Simon said. "But we know we could do better. So several of our health systems, including Kaiser Permanente, are working to integrate prediction models into our existing processes for identifying and addressing suicide risk."

Suicide rates are increasing, with suicide accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in the United States in 2016; 25 percent more than in 2000, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Other health systems can replicate this approach to risk stratification, according to Dr. Simon. Better prediction of suicide risk can inform decisions by health care providers and health systems. Such decisions include how often to follow up with patients, refer them for intensive treatment, reach out to them after missed or canceled appointments — and whether to help them create a personal safety plan and counsel them about reducing access to means of self-harm.

PwC Receives Three SAP Awards for Partner Commitment and Innovation

The award recognizes PwC for its contribution to a customer's digital business transformation that has resulted in significant business impact.

PwC announced that it has won three SAP awards for 2018. The global consulting firm was awarded two SAP Innovation Awards along with an SAP Pinnacle Award, which is presented annually to the top SAP partners.

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Sodexo: Understanding the Value of Veterans in the Workplace

Given the nature of missions, projects and experiences that they are have been exposed to, veterans possess key transferable skill sets and competencies that every organization can utilize.

By Bryan Hesse

Originally Published on Sodexo.

This August will be my fifth anniversary at Sodexo as a Senior Recruiter in Facilities Management for the Healthcare division, and as part of my development, I recently joined my fellow team member Yvonne Schuster as co-chair on the Military Recruitment Team.

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