Since joining UnitedHealth Group about eight years ago, Kimberly Jackson has discovered new ways to center diversity, equity and inclusion not only in her role as a leader, but in her own personal and professional growth.
That renewed perspective was inspired by the company’s approach to DEI, which includes initiatives that foster a safe space for both inclusion and education.
“In recent years, there’s been a purposeful shift in UHG’s resources to meet people of different backgrounds where they are,” she tells Afrotech. She adds that, while some are not unique to the company, UHG has reinvisioned these tools, creating employee resource groups where participation is not limited.
As the Senior Director of OptumRX IT Client Services, Jackson has incorporated the company’s overall approach into her own department’s initiatives.
“My leadership team has taken on the task of delivering DEI forums,” she explains. “And what I’ve learned through those forms is that the traditional topic of race when you talk about diversity is not the only thing that represents inclusivity.”
It’s refreshing to see that UnitedHealth Group’s mission to help people live healthier lives starts with the wellbeing of its own employees.