Employee Inclusion Groups
To further enhance our inclusive workforce culture, we cultivate company-wide Employee Inclusion Groups (EIGs).
Open to all employees, our EIGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that drive impact by supporting the attraction, development and retention of the best talent at all levels. EIGs provide professional and leadership development opportunities, contribute to community engagement initiatives, and support business innovation and corporate best practices. Because of their significant value, we support our EIGs through leadership involvement, work time and space, resources, and executive mentors.
The mission of the People with Disabilities & Caregivers Employee Inclusion Group, ABILITY, is to support and enable employees to fully contribute and reach their full potential in the workplace. The EIG works to challenge the stereotypes and stigma associated with people with disabilities and to expand disability cultural competency throughout the company. We do this by focusing on education, engagement, accessibility, talent enhancement and community involvement in order to drive engagement and performance.
Our commitment to engagement with veterans and military families extends to our workforce. Centene's Veterans and Military Families Employee Inclusion Group, CENVET, was established to provide support and resources for employees who have served in the armed forces and for those related to a service member or former service member.
cPRIDE, Centene's LGBTQ+ Employee Inclusion Group, supports an inclusive work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in order to promote the ability to bring their full selves to work and ultimately enhance employee engagement and retention. The EIG works to provide development, support and networking opportunities for its members while providing guidance on how Centene can be an even greater place for LGBTQ+ employees to work.
I.N.S.P.I.R.E.: Influence. Network. Support. Promote. Include. Recognize. Empower.
Centene's Women's Employee Inclusion Group aims to further help its members meet their professional and personal goals at all career and life stages. The EIG is focused on leveraging tools such as targeted development sessions, mentoring and community engagement to develop women as leaders and prepare them to take on leadership opportunities at all levels of the company. Members support the recruitment, development, promotion and retention of women leaders and work to keep Centene as the employer of choice among professional women.
Reflecting the communities we serve is a vital part of how we embrace our corporate purpose. Our Multicultural Employee Inclusion Group, MOSAIC, provides peer support for employees of all racial and ethnic backgrounds through networking, mentoring and coaching. It also promotes education and awareness and supports employee engagement and retention.
Centene's Executive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, launched in 2014, is composed of senior leaders who help guide Centene’s culture and practices to enable an equitable and inclusive culture for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, military or veteran status, or other lived experiences. Additionally, 20 business units launched DEI councils this year to further progress toward our goals across local business units.
The Executive DEI Council focuses on strategic accountability across our DEI core pillars, ensuring that best-in-class policies and practices drive sustainable results. The council advocates for systematic change that embodies social justice, public policy, equity, and inclusion to ensure employees feel valued and respected.
Current members include:
Michael F. Neidorff (Executive Sponsor), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Andi Gillentine (Chair), Chief Operating Officer, Fidelis Care
Cheyenne Ross, VP, Compliance, Arizona Complete Health
Chris Paterson, Plan Chief Executive Officer, Carolina Complete Health
Dr. Mary Mason, SVP, Chief Medical Officer of Corporate Health Initiatives
Jamiee Robles, RVP, Information Technology
Karen Johnson, Medicare Officer, Health Net LLC, California Health & Wellness
Martha Santana-Chin, Government Programs Officer, Health Net LLC, California Health & Wellness
Masud Mahdi, VP, Market Strategy & Operations
Sarah Baiocchi, RVP, Operations & Finance
Shannon Bagley (Ex-officio Member), Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Sherman Card, VP, Claims Operations
Wade Rakes, Plan Chief Executive Officer, Peach State Health Plan
Business Unit Diversity Councils
Business Unit Diversity Councils support the execution of the enterprise DEI strategy at the business unit level. They focus on efforts that advance diversity, inclusion, and equity within their business unit in ways that are sustainable, scalable, and engaging. Effective Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Councils create a competitive advantage by driving capabilities related to Centene’s four DEI pillars of Talent, Supplier Diversity, Community Engagement, and Stakeholder Collaboration. To date, 21 of Centene’s business units have launched diversity councils to further progress toward our DEI goals, and development of additional new councils is underway.