Blue Cross Celebrates Diversity With 10th Annual Supplier Diversity Awards

by Taylar Kobylas

| 2 min read

Though we embrace diversity every day in our business, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan celebrates diversity in a special way each year through the Supplier Diversity Awards. The event acknowledges women and minority owned vendors, corporate procurement teams and others who champion partnerships with diverse individuals. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the awards and honored those making strides in diversity as teams, suppliers, business units and more. The awards mean a great deal to Blue Cross as a company, but also hold value for Michigan's economy. This year's award winners included:
BCBSM leadership also knows how crucial diversity is to our business. Below, they explain the value of diversity in their own words:
James Line, director of corporate procurement for Blue Cross, advocated the company's involvement with diverse suppliers saying, "Without these organizations, our [BCBSM's] jobs would be more difficult and our [BCBSM's] ability to benchmark success would be limited... Growing partnerships with suppliers and having a strong diverse supply base is key to our success as a company."
Amal Berry Brown, senior director of diversity and inclusion for BCBSM (featured at left in this photo), sees the direct impact of diversity in her day to day responsibilities. In a recent interview on the Healthier Michigan Radio Show she said, "Without a focus on diversity in our workforce, we can't engage with our members at a level in which we need to be successful. For Blue Cross, our focus on diversity isn't just for our workforce and our company; it ultimately benefits our members."
For Bridget Grier (featured at right in this photo), one of the ceremony's Business Unit Award recipients, being recognized for diversity and inclusion is a great honor. "The BCBSM corporate communications team is committed to diversity in all that we do," she said. "It feels great to be recognized for something so important to us."
The diversity emphasized at Blue Cross also translates across the entire state of Michigan. Tricia Keith, senior vice president, corporate secretary and services at BCBSM, said, "Our diversity goes right back into Michigan's economy, with many of our partners helping BCBSM navigate the 'new normal' of healthcare."
Partnering organizations of the Supplier Diversity Awards also included:
  • Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
  • Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Women's Business Enterprise Council – Great Lakes
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Want to learn more about BCBSM's diversity and inclusion efforts? Read the following posts: 
All photo credit: Kristie Stocker

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