Crystal E. Ashby, executive vice president, chief people, DEI, and communications officer at Independence Blue Cross (Independence), has been named to the National Diversity & Leadership Council’s annual Power 50 list.
The recognition honors women holding C-suite and senior positions who demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity and improving their departments, organizations, and the broader community. Awardees are respected for their leadership skills, commitment to community service, and dedication to empowering other women. Ashby was honored alongside a class of female leaders across industries and throughout the country.
Since joining Independence in 2021, Ashby has led the Human Resources division, spearheading efforts to attract and develop talent that will become the next generation of industry leaders. Her role recently expanded to oversee the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as well as internal and external communications, brand strategy, media and public relations, and communications planning.
At her alma mater, the University of Michigan, she sits on the Engineering Dean’s Leadership Advisory Board, chairing its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion external council. Prior to joining Independence, Ashby served as interim president and chief executive officer at The Executive Leadership Council, and she spent 22 years in public affairs roles at BP in various roles.
In addition to the Power 50 list, Ashby has received numerous additional honors. Among these include being named to Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America, Diversity Woman Media’s Class of 2022 Elite 100, the top rank in City & State PA’s Impact 50 list, National Diversity Council’s Top 100 HR Professionals, Diversity Global’s Top 10 Influential Women in Diversity, Uptown Professional’s Top 100 Executives in America, and the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas.