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Lorena Plaza recognized as a City & State PA Above and Beyond Award honoree

By April 9, 2024Featured Leadership

City & State PA recently honored Lorena Plaza, vice president of financial planning and analysis at Independence Blue Cross (IBX), as one of its 2024 Above & Beyond Award winners. Plaza was celebrated alongside other distinguished honorees at the third annual Above & Beyond Gala on March 26 at the Fitler Club in Philadelphia.

The Above & Beyond Award recognizes 50 remarkable women each year, chosen for their exceptional leadership and significant contributions to Pennsylvania.

Plaza is a transformative leader at IBX, overseeing the annual and strategic financial planning to maximize its capital position. She also spearheads the processes for forecasting, cost alignment and analysis efforts.

Plaza’s drive and leadership extends beyond the finance office, as she is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. She serves as the executive sponsor for one of IBX’s Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), which provides associates with tools for professional development. Notably, she is a champion of PRIDE (People Recognizing Inclusion, Diversity and Equality), launched in 2014 to create a safe and accepting workplace for LGBTQIA+ associates and their allies. She also contributes to Latinos con Proposito (Latinos with Purpose), which aims to engage Latino associates and the external Latino community through meaningful outreach, networking opportunities and health and wellness initiatives.

Outside of IBX, Plaza is a public speaker who finds the time to coach, develop, and empower aspiring female professionals, as demonstrated through her involvement with The Power of Professional Women in Philadelphia. She also runs marathons, reads 3-4 books a month, and enjoys practicing mediation.

Plaza’s profile appeared in a special “Above & Beyond” publication issued on March 25, 2024. View the list of honorees here, presented in alphabetical order.

Donna Farrell, senior vice president of Corporate Communications at IBX, was an Above and Beyond Award honoree in 2023.