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DiversityInc Ranks Kaiser Permanente Best for Executive Women

Organization earns recognition as leader in seven diversity categories at annual event.

May 9, 2018



From left to right front row - Diane Ott, Kim Sullivan, Dawn Bading, Dr. Ronald Copeland. Back row - Ramzy Romodan, Van Strenger, Pete Resler, Jacob Zuniga, Michael Brown, Robert King From left to right front row - Diane Ott, Kim Sullivan, Dawn Bading, Dr. Ronald Copeland. Back row - Ramzy Romodan, Van Strenger, Pete Resler, Jacob Zuniga, Michael Brown, Robert King

DiversityInc named Kaiser Permanente the top company for executive women for the first time during the annual DiversityInc Top 50 gala in New York on May 1. The publication also recognized Kaiser Permanente as a top company for people with disabilities, LGBT employees, and veterans, as well as a leader in recruitment, diversity councils, and supplier diversity, affirming the organization’s long-term commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

In announcing Kaiser Permanente’s leadership among large U.S. companies for female executives, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO, said that America’s largest integrated health care company takes a thoughtful approach to succession planning and attracting proven leaders, enabling women to effectively contribute to the success of the organization. Women lead five of Kaiser Permanente’s eight regions, and 30 women were named to roles as vice president or above in 2017.

“Women are the primary health care decision makers for families in the communities we serve, and our workforce is 75 percent women,” said Sally Saba, MD, MBA, vice president of Kaiser Permanente’s National Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity function. “By consistently ensuring female representation among our senior leaders, we continue to strengthen our ability to provide the care and services our members need and have come to expect from us.”

Hall of Fame

Visconti opened the event by introducing Kaiser Permanente and four other companies as the inaugural inductees into the new DiversityInc Top 50 Hall of Fame. He noted Kaiser Permanente’s consistent and longstanding diversity leadership among major U.S. corporations to the audience of nearly 1,000 people.

Companies named to the new Hall of Fame, announced earlier this spring, have ranked No. 1 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list since the 2012 survey, which recognizes top companies for diversity and inclusion management. Every year since 2010, Kaiser Permanente has ranked in the top five and held the No. 1 spot in 2011 and 2016.

DiversityInc is a leading web-based diversity publication serving more than 450,000 unique monthly visitors, with a mission to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity.