Kaiser Permanente Receives the 2011 Catalyst Award

We are pleased to announce Catalyst has named Kaiser Permanente as one of the recipients of the 2011 Catalyst Award, an annual award honoring exceptional initiatives from organizations that support and advance women in business.

“This year’s dynamic winning initiatives reflect the power and reach of Catalyst’s mission: ‘Expanding opportunities for women and business,’ ” said Ilene H. Lang, president and chief executive officer of Catalyst. “They represent the future of diverse, agile organizations eager to strengthen their position in a tough global economy and serve as models of inclusive workplaces that improve the lives of employees and their families and communities.”

Catalyst Award-winning initiatives are evaluated in a rigorous year-long process against a robust set of criteria: business rationale, senior leadership support, accountability, communication, employee engagement, innovation and measurable results.

Kaiser Permanente’s initiative, Achieving Our Mission and Growing the Business Through the National Diversity Agenda, makes diversity and inclusion central to the organization’s competitive advantage and its ability to deliver culturally competent health care to its 8.6 million members. The initiative demonstrates that an investment in diversity and inclusion can yield continual improvement for women and men. In 2007, women held 47 percent of senior executive positions, and racially/ethnically diverse women held 12 percent of these positions. By 2009, these numbers had increased to 50 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Through targeted recruitment, the organization increased the representation of diverse women executive physicians from 3.7 percent in 2007 to 11.8 percent in 2009, and diverse men executive physicians from 11.3 to 13.6 percent during that same time period. Between 2001 and 2009, the percentage of women board directors increased from 21 percent to 36 percent, and racially/ethnically diverse women on the board increased from 7 percent to 24 percent.

For more information about the 2011 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner, please contact Michael J. Chamberlain, 646-388-7770.

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