The April 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Council had 41 people in attendance as Bobby King, Director and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer presented on how Kaiser Permanente won the Diversity Award of the year with DiversityInc’s Top 50 Diverse Companies. This is just one of many awards Kaiser has won. Bobby talked about Kaiser’s assessment plans and how they make sure they stay on top of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
King shared that 80 percent of Kaiser’s employees are female, 50 percent of executive positions are held by women, and 30 percent of those executive positions are minorities. “Kaiser focuses on their investment back into the community and giving everyone the same chance at opportunities. It is not based on the size of the community, but based on needs,” said King. “Meaning, it doesn’t matter if there are only two people who identify one way, and 60 people who identify another way, needs to be met for everyone, and that’s equity.”
The council also has a five-minute business introduction speaker at every meeting; Christopher LaFleur with Out Front Magazine presented about Aurora’s first Pride Fest, taking place Saturday, August 5, 2017, on the great lawn at the Aurora Municipal Center.