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Kaiser Permanente Recognized as Best Place for Diverse Managers
Date:3/5/2009

DiversityMBA Magazine ranks Kaiser Permanente No. 1 on annual list

OAKLAND, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente's long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion has been recognized by DiversityMBA Magazine. The health care organization was ranked No. 1 in the publication's fourth annual "50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work," which will hit newsstands in April 2009.

"This award is a great acknowledgement of the priority Kaiser Permanente places on creating a workplace environment that is characterized by respect for the individual and a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for our employees," said Ronald Knox, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Published quarterly, DiversityMBA Magazine's aim is to serve the needs of multicultural professionals in corporate America, business students and entrepreneurs. In selecting the 2009 "50 Out Front Companies" the publication's selection team expanded its research evaluations to include companies that implement intentional strategies based on accountability, strong inclusion practices and ongoing evaluation of retention/recruitment activities that allow and encourage managers of diverse backgrounds to excel and develop into leadership roles.

Today, Kaiser Permanente's 181,000 employee and physician workforce is composed of 74 percent women and 56 percent people of color, mirroring and exceeding the racial, ethnic and gender composition of its health plan membership and the communities it serves. The organization has been recognized in the past year for corporate diversity leadership by several organizations and publications, including:

  • DiversityInc - Top 50 Companies for Diversity (2008; 2007; 2006)
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation &
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