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Independence Blue Cross recognizes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week

Pictured left to right: Twana Harris, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Eric Cahow, Vice President of Government Markets Performance; Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Vice President of Community Affairs, Independence Blue Cross; Crystal Ashby, Executive Vice President, Chief People, DEI and Communications Officer; Ravi Chawla, Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer; and Donna Crilley Farrel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications

From June 3-7, Independence Blue Cross (IBX) celebrated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Week to emphasize the importance of fostering diversity, advancing equity, and leading with inclusivity. Under the theme “Maximizing the Power of Inclusion,” associates explored their role in driving change and creating inclusive opportunities.   

DEI Week event highlights included:   

  • 3-day inclusion challenge: Associates and leaders committed to taking 10-15 minutes a day for three days to learn how to create a sense of belonging, promote psychological safety, and encourage participative decision making in the workplace.    
  • Fireside chat with Iris Drayton-Spann, “Amplifying and sustaining an inclusive workplace”: Iris Drayton-Spann, a sought-after speaker, was the first Chief DEI Officer at WETA-TV, one of the largest-producing stations of news content for public television in the United States. In this session, she shared insights, strategies, and best practices for cultivating an inclusive workplace culture that empowers every individual to thrive. Twana Harris, vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, moderated the discussion.  
  • Panel discussion, “Creating a culture of inclusion on my team”: Panelists included Dr. Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the IBX Foundation, vice president of Community Affairs; Eric Cahow, vice president of Government Markets Performance; Ravi Chawla, vice president and chief analytics officer; and Donna Farrell, senior vice president of Corporate Communications, all of whom are executive sponsors for IBX associate resource groups. Harris moderated the panel. Each leader shared their insights, experiences, and strategies for promoting inclusion within their teams.  
  • Give back volunteer event with St. John’s Hospice: DEI partnered with Community Affairs to facilitate this special service project, in which Volunteers prepared 800 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to benefit those seeking services from St. John’s Hospice. Peanut butter is a good source of protein for people who are experiencing food insecurity or unstable housing. 
  • 3-day inclusion challenge finale, “Teach-back panel session”: This interactive session served as an opportunity to consider key topics explored during the 3-Day Inclusion challenge. Associates discussed what actionable steps to take to support cultural inclusion at work and in their everyday lives. Panelists included Mike Fitzpatrick, manager of Talent Acquisition; Jason Brown, senior project manager, PMO Professional Services; Jenny Goveas, sales enablement manager at AmeriHealth Administrators; Kyle Perez, director of Government Markets, Risk Adjustment Analytics; and Moxi Stern, senior copywriter, Creative Services. Phaedra Robinson, learning consultant, Independence University, moderated the panel.