BlueCross Ranked 3rd Nationwide in Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity

Insurer is top Tennessee company for second consecutive year


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — According to the newest rankings released by Forbes, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is once again one of the nation’s top employers for diversity, jumping 30 places from last year’s listing to land at number three on the 2019 list.

In addition to being the top-ranked insurer on the list this year, BlueCross is the highest rated Tennessee-based company – a distinction it also held last year. The organization came in ahead of companies such as Netflix, New York Life, Buzzfeed, Emory University, Southwest Airlines, and several other Blue plans. In 2018, the inaugural year of the Forbes diversity recognition, BlueCross came in 33rd out of 250 organizations.

The ranking is primarily based on the results of a nationwide survey of 50,000 current employees conducted by Forbes in conjunction with an independent, third-party research firm. Publicly available data and non-employee recommendations are factored into the results alongside each organization’s employee responses.

“As an organization, we’ve been very intentional about developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve,” said JD Hickey, BlueCross president and chief executive officer. “It’s an honor to see our efforts acknowledged in this way, and to know that our own employees understand and appreciate the values that we share.”

BlueCross has been acknowledged for excellence by Forbes on several occasions in recent years – in addition to its diversity rankings, the company also earned a spot on the publication’s 2016 list of the country’s best places to work as well as its 2018 review of the best employers for women.

“It’s an incredible tribute to be recognized by our employees as a national leader in diversity,” said Ron Harris, vice president of diversity and inclusion. “It’s even better to know that this culture belongs to all of us. Together, we’ve created a wonderful place to work, where every employee is valued, respected, and trusted as part of the team.”

To learn more about the rankings, visit For more information about the BlueCross commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit


About BlueCross®

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s mission is to provide peace of mind through better health. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on serving more than 3.5 million members in Tennessee and across the country. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s website at

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