Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Named by Diversity MBA Magazine as a Best Place for Diverse Managers and Women to Work

July 1, 2013
Contact: Thomas Vincz

(Newark, NJ, July 1, 2013)  – Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has been recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the top employers in the nation for diverse managers and women.  For 2013, the magazine ranked Horizon BCBSNJ fourth on its “50 Out Front Companies” for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers and Women to Work list.  Improving upon last year’s position of #12 on the same list, Horizon BCBSNJ has now appeared in Diversity MBA Magazine’s rankings for four consecutive years.

The ranking criteria for the 2013 50 Out Front Companies includes companies that implement intentional strategies based on accountability, succession planning, workplace inclusion, representation, recruitment and board diversity, which allows and encourages managers and women of diverse backgrounds to excel and develop into leadership roles.

“Horizon takes great pride and is honored to be recognized by Diversity MBA Magazine for our commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion,” said Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer at Horizon BCBSNJ.

Horizon BCBSNJ was also named by Diversity MBA Magazine to the 2013 listing for the “Top Ten Best in Class Companies for Accountability”, “Top Ten Best in Class Companies for Recruitment” and “Top Ten Best in Class Companies for Representation”.

“As a Top 50 Out Front Company for several years, Horizon’s commitment to diversity is consistent and commendable,” said Pam McElvane, publisher/CEO of Diversity MBA Magazine. “We are proud to be able to provide best practice organizations that have demonstrated sustained commitment such as Horizon, with this recognition.  The expectation now is for organizations to have systems and processes in place that support best practices and the measures to support metrics and results that drive impact.”

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and/or its employee has been honored nationally for inclusion and diversity in workplace excellence. Recent recognitions include:  Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Company (2010; 2011; 2012); Diversity Inc. Magazine’s Top Ten Regional Companies (2011; 2012; 2013); LATINA Style magazine’s annual  50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the United States (Honorable Mention) (2013); YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award (2011; 2012; 2013); and Military Friendly Employer (2013). For a complete list on Horizon recognition for diversity efforts, visit:  http://horizonblue.com/about-us/diversity/awards-accolades.

Horizon BCBSNJ has also instituted programs aimed at promoting diversity within the company including:  paid minority internships, manager leadership programs, mentoring and development programs, Diversity council, as well as company sponsored Affinity Groups.

The list of the Top 50 Companies and a more in-depth look of the Top 10 Companies is featured in the spring issue of Diversity MBA Magazine.


About Diversity MBA Magazine:

Published quarterly, Diversity MBA Magazine reaches more than 1.5 million subscribers worldwide print and online.  For more information, please visit http://diversitymbamagazine.com/

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services.  Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving 3.6 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton.  Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com.

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