WellPoint Recognized for Advancement of Latinas in the Workplace
Company Supports Latina Employees by Encouraging Mentoring, Supporting Professional Growth and Promoting Understanding of Hispanic Cultures
INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2011) – WellPoint, Inc, (NYSE: WLP) has been recognized as one of the top 50 U.S. companies that provide the best opportunities for professional Latinas in the workplace by LATINA Style Magazine. WellPoint moved up this year to number 16 on the LATINA Style 50 Report.
“I am very excited that WellPoint has been named to the LATINA Style 50 Report for the fourth consecutive year. This award highlights WellPoint’s commitment to hiring a diverse workforce that reflects the many cultural backgrounds and walks of life of our members and customers,” said Linda Jimenez, Chief Diversity Officer and vice president, Diversity & Inclusion, WellPoint. “Our strong focus on diversity helps the company improve health care value and attain our mission of improving the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities.”
WellPoint has more than 9,000 racially diverse female associates – which is
25 percent of the workforce. Through the work of SOMOS, WellPoint’s Hispanic associate resource group, the company raises awareness about Hispanic culture, creates mentoring and professional growth opportunities and promotes an inclusive workplace in which the unique perspectives and experiences of Latinas are valued. SOMOS also collaborates with key business initiatives aimed at reducing disparities in health care.
The LATINA Style 50 Report is the most respected evaluation of corporate America’s career advancement opportunities for Latinas. This year, more than
800 of the most prominent corporations in the United States were included in the extensive search.
Companies responding to the LATINA Style’s questionnaire are evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace, including the number of Hispanic women executives and board members, Hispanic community outreach, employee benefits, alternative work policies, military recruitment, mentoring and leadership programs.
According to Robert E. Bard, President and CEO of LATINA Style, Inc., “Latinas are extremely loyal to the companies they work for, so it is essential that they make the right choice in selecting their employers. It is our job to identify the companies that will provide them with the best opportunities to succeed. Latinas can be reassured that the LATINA Style 50 Report provides them the best view of where they should look for a job.”
For more information about the LATINA Style 50 Report, visit www.latinastyle.com.
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value.
We help to improve the health of our members and our communities, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation’s largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership, with 34 million members in its affiliated health plans, and a total of more than 69 million individuals served through its subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in
10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint’s plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.