Novant Health is recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best Employers for Women 2020.

“At Novant Health, diversity and inclusion is one of our five core values,” said Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer for Novant Health. “It’s not only something we value and embrace with our patients, but something we value in our team members. As an organization with a majority female workforce, we are focused on leveraging the strengths and talents of our female team members to ensure a strong organization capable of providing remarkable healthcare to our patients, families and communities. Women are a driving force in the success of Novant Health and we are honored to be recognized by Forbes’ for our efforts.”

Novant Health continues to support the growth of female team members through initiatives including:

  • Women’s business resource group (BRG): The women’s BRG engages the talent of female team members to not only help Novant Health initiatives in the community, but also evaluate how Novant Health can continue to be an employer of choice for women.
  • Leveraging Internal Female Talent (LIFT) program: LIFT is a year-long leadership development program for female leaders, designed to strengthen their skills and executive presence in preparation for larger roles and responsibilities in the organization. To date, more than 40% of LIFT graduates have been promoted or increased their scope of responsibilities. 
  • Team member mammogram day: This dedicated day encouraging female team members to focus on their health is part of Novant Health’s strategic long-term health equity goal to increase the percentage of breast cancer screening mammograms among women of all ethnicities, including team members.

Over 75,000 U.S. employees, including 45,000 women, participated in the independent survey designed to shed light on issues relevant to women in the workplace. Participants assessed their companies according to the following: discrimination, family support, flexibility, parental leave, pay equity, and representation and career. Additionally, participants evaluated other employers in their respective industries on gender issues, from which only the recommendations of women were considered.