Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Honored for Commitment to African-Americans in Information Technology

Barbara Schmitt

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan emerged as the National Black Data Processing Associates’ (BDPA) winner of the 2016 Corporate PACESetter award in August.
Recognized as an industry leader in areas such as supplier diversity and leadership development, Blue Cross was a top contender among five other finalists, including Anthem, Wells Fargo and State Farm. “We commend Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan for its continued commitment to a workplace and environment that supports the advancement of African-Americans in the Information Technology industry,” said Mike A. Williams, president, National BDPA. Angela Williams, director of information and cyber security at Blue Cross, hopes the PACESetter award will highlight Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as a top place to work for minorities in IT. “My goal is to leverage BDPA to attract highly talented IT recruits to Michigan and to the Blues,” said Williams. “A lot of minorities look for organizations they believe will allow them to be creative and have a career path, and will be a great place to enjoy their day-to-day work life,” said Williams. “This award, in essence, says that Blue Cross is this type of organization. We have several examples of African-Americans within our company who have had very successful and extensive careers. To continue to be successful as an organization, we need to focus on investing and growing our minority base as a diversity of people, thought and leadership.” Photo Credit: WOCinTech Chat
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