Our talented associates, with their different skills, experiences and backgrounds, strengthen our ability to deliver innovative solutions to emerging health care challenges. At WellPoint, we know that talent shines brightest in a collaborative environment. Our inclusive culture encourages associates to bring ideas and passion to their jobs and work together to develop products and services that improve the lives of our members and the health of our communities.
ABLE’s vision is to create a culture of ABILITY, where the emphasis is on the strengths we all bring to the table. Formed by associates with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities and those who want to actively support disability employment, ABLE was launched in 2009.
Since then its members have provided insight into important accessibility efforts such as the deployment of the eSSENTIAL Accessibility tool to six customer-facing websites. ABLE also supported the implementation of a self-reporting tool that allows associates to report a disability at any time during their employment.
The group actively supports WellPoint’s sponsorship of the Wounded Warrior Sports program and has partnered with the Vocational Rehabilitation organization, providing insights into existing processes and programs. An important aspect of ABLE’s mission centers on educating associates about disability etiquette and the value of incorporating people with disabilities into the workforce. They work to create a culture and a workplace environment where everyone contributes their strengths to the achievement of WellPoint’s mission. Most recently the group has reached out to associates who are family members of children with disabilities with particular emphasis on enhancing autism awareness.
ACE, our Asian Associate Resource Group, was formed with the vision of helping WellPoint be the employer of choice for Asians and Asian Americans and to position WellPoint as the preferred health care choice for the Asian community.
Its diverse membership represents various Asian ethnicities and non-Asians. ACE’s mission is to promote and leverage the diversity and strengths of WellPoint’s Asian and Asian American associates in support of WellPoint’s mission and values. As ACE enters its third year of existence, the group continues to focus on raising awareness about the cultural diversity within the Asian community and on engaging members in practical discussions about career development and professional growth.
ANGLE’s goal is for WellPoint to be recognized as a premier employer and trusted health care choice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and its allies.
ANGLE has championed several innovative initiatives to ensure awareness and understanding of LGBT issues. The group developed and rolled out the guidelines and training for a Safe Space Program; played a key role in the creation of gender transition guidelines and educational materials; promoted the inclusion of gender identity in WellPoint's EEO policy; and encouraged expanding associate benefits to include psychological counseling for transgender associates. ANGLE has received several external recognitions. In 2011 it was named a Top 10 diversity council by the Association of Diversity Councils; in the same year the group was also recognized by the Indiana chapter of Lambda Legal for promoting equality in the workplace.
Most recently, this team has gotten involved in the design and delivery of educational opportunities to increase WellPoint’s understanding of health care needs and disparities affecting the LGBT community. ANGLE has provided input on programs designed to provide products and services that better address the needs of this segment of the population.
HYPE wants WellPoint to be recognized as one of the best places to launch a career. This group helps associates navigate our multigenerational workplace. HYPE provides insight into issues that matter to young professionals, which is important to us both as an employer and as a health plan trying to meet the needs of young health care consumers.
This group is actively collaborating with the corporate team responsible for our social media strategy. HYPE’s focus is also on giving its members guidance and support around career development and business savvy. The group has conducted several teleseminars on such topics as: “Myths and the Magic of Mentoring,” “The Nuts and Bolts of Health Care Reform,” and “Making Dollars & Sense — A Look into How WellPoint Makes Money.”
PRIDE is focused on increasing African American representation in our leadership ranks, as well as on helping WellPoint create the best health care value for African American consumers.
Helping its members connect with knowledge and resources that can help them further their careers is at the center of PRIDE’s mission. The group holds periodic discussion sessions focused on career paths, leadership development, mentoring, advancement, and skill growth.
PRIDE is committed to paving the way for future generations, and, in partnership with our Indiana-based health insurance plan, PRIDE manages a health care-focused mentoring program targeted at high school students of the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. The program entered its fourth year with a group of students who started as freshmen and will graduate in June 2013.
The vision of SOMOS – which in Spanish means “we are” – is to create a work environment that attracts Hispanic associates, increases awareness of health care disparities affecting Hispanics and helps identify and develop products and services that are culturally aligned with the needs of Hispanic consumers.
SOMOS has collaborated in the development of culturally appropriate content for educational health and wellness materials and websites aimed at Hispanic members and communities and has been recognized nationally for its efforts. WellPoint’s Health Equities bilingual portal was honored with a Bronze Web Health Award from the Health Information Resource Center. In 2011, SOMOS received Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Spirit of Excellence Team Award for its involvement in educating and empowering WellPoint’s Hispanic consumers. Last year, the group was recognized by the Association of Diversity Councils for its contributions to the business. Currently SOMOS is providing feedback and insight to increase WellPoint’s outreach to Hispanic consumers.
SOMOS also partners with WellPoint’s talent acquisition team to strengthen the organization’s relationship with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), as well as NSHMBA’s local chapters, which prepare Hispanics for leadership roles and promote cultural awareness and competency.
VOW works to enhance WellPoint’s ability to recruit, retain and develop associates with prior military service who bring unique experiences and skills that can be a competitive advantage for our company.
As an active member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission and Hero.Health.Hire (H3) military-hiring campaigns, WellPoint is committed to pursuing the talents of individuals returning from military service. VOW members actively partner with our talent acquisition team in career events such as RecruitMilitary, the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Workshop/Recruit event in Dayton, Ohio, and virtual career fairs with other military sourcing firms. This group also focuses its efforts on educating our managers and leaders about the unique aspects of attracting and employing military veterans as well as family members of military personnel. Some of these aspects include the ‘translation’ of military resumes and challenges that veterans may need to overcome to adapt and succeed in a corporate environment – including issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
VOW is committed to supporting the US troops. In the last few years, it has led an internal holiday season campaign to send care packages and cards to associates’ friends and family members serving oversees. VOW also promotes and strengthens WellPoint’s sponsorship of the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and Disabled Sports USA.
WAVE is the newest addition to WellPoint’s ARG community. WAVE is made up of associates who telecommute, managers of virtual teams, and any WellPoint associate who wants to effectively manage working relationships, personal effectiveness and professional development in a virtual environment.
WAVE’s mission is to help WellPoint leverage the talents, ideas and contributions of virtual associates by promoting a workplace culture, systems, processes and practices that actively engage, develop and advance its virtual workforce. The group partners with different areas of the organization – such as human resources and information technology – to offer insight and feedback on existing initiatives thus helping WellPoint develop a successful and sustainable strategy around our virtual workforce.
A central aspect of WOW’s mission is to promote career development among women. WOW’s programs seek to help women develop leadership skills, professional networking, mentorship, and awareness about potential barriers to the advancement of women. WOW conducts regular webinar sessions and panel discussions to help associates prepare to advance in today’s changing employment environment and understand the unwritten rules of the workplace. The group also promotes peer and leadership mentoring. WOW has implemented innovative speed mentoring sessions at several locations, where groups of associates are matched with local leaders for quick, targeted conversations about topics of interest. WOW also hosts a book club that reads and discusses books and articles on career development and leadership.
WOW recognizes that women play a central role in making health care decisions for their loved ones thus believes it’s important to educate women about the most prevalent health care issues that affect not only their family members, but also themselves. For the last couple of years, WOW has led an internal heart-health campaign during February, designed to increase awareness among associates about cardiovascular disease and the preventive actions that can help women lead healthier lives and avoid heart disease.