People with Disabilities
In 1984, when Elizabeth “Betty” Brinn founded a single Medicaid plan in Milwaukee, women owned just 10 percent 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. 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 employees, located around the globe, 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 percent of our executive team, and almost 60 percent of employees at the director level or above are women. Furthermore, about 30 percent of the company’s leadership identify as Asian, African American or Hispanic.
“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital part of how we serve our members and communities. Being representative of the communities we serve allows us to see challenges the way our members do and innovate to offer solutions to meet those challenges.”
- Michael F. Neidorff, Centene Chairman and CEO
“As the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care company, Centene values the diverse ideas, experiences and cultures of our employees across the United States.”
- Wade Rakes, Centene Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Our workforce reflects the communities we serve. We thoughtfully engage diverse talent across the company, preparing these employees for leadership roles, and hire diverse candidates who have a passion for serving our members. In total, more than 75 percent of Centene employees are women, and 50 percent of all employees identify as minorities.
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:
National Employer Recognition
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 the 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 the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge.