WellPoint Named One of 25 “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” By Working Mother Magazine

  WellPoint Named One of 25 “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” By
  Working Mother Magazine

Company Recognized for Dedication to the Advancement of Women in the Workplace

Business Wire

INDIANAPOLIS -- May 16, 2013

WellPoint announced today that it has been named one of the 2013 “Best
Companies for Multicultural Women” by Working Mother magazine. This honor
recognizes WellPoint as one of the 25 U.S. corporations that create and use
best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women of color. This marks
the third time WellPoint has received this distinction.

“We are proud that our workforce reflects the multicultural make-up of the
customers we serve, including women who make 80 percent of the health care
decisions for American families,” said Karin Sarratt, talent management and
chief diversity officer at WellPoint. “This recognition is a testament to
WellPoint’s commitment to a workforce with strong female representation at all
levels of our organization.”

WellPoint supports the hiring and advancement of women – including working
mothers – and is dedicated to creating an environment where every associate
can succeed. Women’s advancement and success at WellPoint is supported by
career and leadership development opportunities and, most importantly, a
workplace culture that encourages flexibility, inclusion, wellness and
work-life balance. WellPoint’s competitive benefits package includes numerous
work-life benefits, many geared specifically to working parents, who comprise
the bulk of the workforce.

Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, “The Best Companies for
Multicultural Women know that a truly diverse workforce makes for an effective
team, one that’s plugged into the needs and desires of its customers. Grooming
female leaders has become a crucial mandate, and great companies are
simultaneously weaving diversity into their culture. However, many challenges
lie ahead for all U.S. companies to build a pipeline of diverse talent to
represent them at every level of decision-making and management.”

The Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women requires candidates
to have at least 500 employees. The winners were selected based on their
answers to an extensive questionnaire on representation; hiring, attrition and
promotion rates; recruitment, retention and advancement programs; and company
culture. The Working Mother Research Institute created a scoring algorithm
based on the previous year’s benchmark results to determine the winners. Key
findings of the 2013 Working Mother report can be found on workingmother.com.

This recognition follows WellPoint’s recent ranking as number 40 on the 2013
DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and The DiversityInc Top 10
lists of Companies for Veterans and for People with Disabilities and, number
18 on the LATINA Style 50 Report for opportunities for professional Latinas in
the workplace.

About Working Mother

Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national
magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com (workingmother.com)
gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions, and ideas. This year
marks the 28th anniversary of Working Mother’s signature research initiative,
the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the eleventh year of the Best
Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier
Corporation (bonnier.com), includes the National Association for Female
Executives (NAFE,nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices
(diversitybestpractices.com), and the Working Mother Research Institute.
Working Mother Media’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.

About WellPoint, Inc.

At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members’
health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and shareholders.
So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their
communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have nearly 36
million people in our affiliated health plans, and nearly 68 million people
served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross
licensee for California; and as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for
Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding
30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the
Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and
surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee
in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern
Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these
service areas, WellPoint’s plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue
Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). We
also serve customers in several additional states through our Amerigroup
subsidiary and in certain markets through our CareMore subsidiary. Our 1-800
CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact lenses,
eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about WellPoint
is available at www.wellpoint.com.


Leslie Porras, 818-234-3368
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