OAKLAND, Calif. — Working Mother magazine has named Janet Liang, president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, as one of their 30 “Working Mothers of the Year.” Liang is the only honoree from Hawaii. This award is presented annually to extraordinary moms who adeptly balance career, motherhood and self-development with grace and determination.
Janet Liang stands
with her daughters
Mara, 7, left, and Macy, 5
“We are extremely pleased that Janet Liang was chosen as national Working Mother of the Year because of the inspirational example she sets every day for all working parents,” said Bernard Tyson, executive vice president for Health Plan and Hospital Operations for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. “Through the support of her family and Kaiser Permanente, she doesn’t have to choose between putting her family’s health and well-being first, while thriving in her career at Kaiser Permanente. She can do both.”
Liang is in good company. This year’s winners include a teacher, several high-powered executives, human resource and information technology professionals, a scientist, a banker, a psychologist and even the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
“Working moms live complex, rich lives and are at the ready even in times of economic duress, when family dynamics shift and unexpected challenges arise,” said Suzanne Riss, editor in chief, Working Mother. “Today, we are pleased to honor 30 remarkable women for Working Mother magazine’s 30th birthday. In reading their stories and getting to know them, we are humbled by their accomplishments, impressed by their resourcefulness and touched by their devotion to their families and communities.”
Liang became president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii in 2007. Her achievements include numerous process improvement efforts and clinical advancements. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Liang had a 14-year career with Group Health Cooperative, a Seattle-based health maintenance organization.
Liang has two daughters, ages 7 and 5, and is an active supporter of children’s services and at-risk youth programs. Liang has served on a number of boards for social service agencies. She is a member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable, Healthcare Executive Study Society, Presidents Organization — Hawaii Chapter, board director for Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, Inc., and trustee on the Le Jardin Academy Board of Trustees, where her daughters attend school.
Liang graduated cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington.
Working Mother’s Working Mothers of the Year were nominated by their spouses, employers, children and friends and selected by the Working Mother editorial team.
For the full editorial feature — including why each Working Mother of the Year was selected — as well as other special 30th birthday content, visit www.workingmother.com.
About Kaiser Permanente
About Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
About Working Mother Media
About Working Mother MediaFounded in 1979, Working Mother magazine reaches 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for mothers with careers. Its 24-year signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, is the most important benchmark for work/life practices in corporate America. With offices in New York and Washington, D.C., Working Mother Media includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Diversity Best Practices, the WorkLife Congress, and the Multicultural Women’s Conference and Town Halls. Working Mother Media’s mission is to champion culture change. For more information, please visit www.workingmother.com.