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A History of Diversity & Inclusion

In 1984, when Elizabeth “Betty” Brinn founded a single Medicaid plan in Milwaukee, women owned just 10% of U.S. businesses. That fact didn’t discourage her; she wanted to help people who were falling through the cracks of the healthcare system. For Brinn, the challenge also presented a way to provide employment opportunities for women returning to the workplace. 

Today, Centene, the company Brinn founded, is proud to be one of the largest healthcare companies in the world, providing healthcare programs to more than 12 million individuals. We are singularly focused in our purpose - transforming the health of our communities, one person at a time. In order to deliver culturally sensitive healthcare to our members, we depend on the diverse ideas, experiences and cultures that our company's more than 32,000 employees across the U.S. bring to the workplace.

Under the leadership of Centene’s current Chairman and CEO, Michael F. Neidorff, Centene has grown into the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the country, and the nation’s number one insurer on the health insurance marketplace, with more than one million members. As our business footprint has expanded, so has our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Women constitute nearly 50% of our executive team, and almost 60% of employees at the director level or above are women. Furthermore, about 30% of the company’s leadership identify as Asian, African American or Hispanic.

Michael Neidorff photo Centene Chairman and CEO

“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital part of who we are and how we serve our members and communities. We are able to see challenges the way our members do, and innovate to offer solutions that meet those challenges."

-Michael F. Neidorff, Centene Chairman and CEO

Diversity and Inclusion

"The commitment we all make to diversity and inclusion, through key partnerships, connects us to each other. Being part of Centene means having the opportunity to truly make a difference in creating a better world, together."

-Wade Rakes, Centene Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Our People

Our workforce reflects the communities we serve. We thoughtfully engage diverse talent across the company, preparing these employees for leadership roles, and hiring diverse candidates who have a passion for serving our members. In total, more than 75% of Centene employees are women, and 50% percent of all employees identify as a minority.

Our Approach to Diversity & Inclusion

Along with commitment and advocacy from leaders at all levels of the company, Centene’s approach to diversity and inclusion is driven by four key pillars: Talent, Community Engagement, Supplier Diversity and Provider Collaboration & Education.


National Employer Recognitions

We are proud to be among the top scorers in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, as well as the Disability Equality Index, sponsored by United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Additionally, Centene Chairman and CEO, Michael F. Neidorff, was one of the first to sign on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge.