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The Coalition


Our vision is to provide a forum to communicate and exchange information for the purpose of cultivating, both professionally and personally, the knowledge and experiences of Horizon BCBSNJ’s employees of African ancestry and the communities they serve. We aim to add value to Horizon BCBSNJ by supporting its corporate strategies and goals, and enhancing the contributions of the Enterprise through a collaborative partnership of community service.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”—Barack Obama

I am honored to serve as the Executive Sponsor of The Coalition, Horizon BCBSNJ’s Black Professional Group. Originally named Enlightenment and Empowerment Enterprise, this Affinity Group was the first established at Horizon BCBSNJ. Through the years, there has been an evolution in the mission and purpose of our groups. The Coalition has been successful in re-engineering and rebranding themselves into a group which is committed to educating their members, acting as a resource to the business and serving our communities.

The primary vision of The Coalition is to “cultivate, both professionally and personally, the knowledge and experiences of Horizon BCBSNJ’s employees of African ancestry and the communities they serve.” We advance our vision by fostering an inclusive work environment through programming that promotes cultural awareness and communication.

One of the most effective ways to foster inclusivity is through Affinity Groups. As the Chief Diversity Officer of Horizon BCBSNJ, I have had the pleasure of supporting the efforts of many of our groups while guiding them in their respective missions to provide developmental leadership opportunities and increase employee engagement, while partnering with the business to provide perspective as it relates to expanding key market segments. As the Executive Sponsor of The Coalition, my goal is to continue to inspire and challenge this group so they may continue to be a valued resource to the Enterprise and our employees.