The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association has recognized the Quest Diagnostics Women In Leadership (WIL) network with its prestigious ACE Award. Presented Nov. 3 at the 2016 HBA Annual Conference in St. Louis, the award recognizes internal leadership programs that advance and enhance the careers of women in their organization.
“One of the key ways the HBA accomplishes our mission to further the advancement and impact of women in healthcare worldwide is by recognizing companies that can serve as role models to others” HBA CEO Laurie Cooke said in a statement. “The HBA serves as a convener supporting companies to learn from each other. By identifying and sharing what great looks like, we strive to inspire more companies to achieve direct corporate benefits from their gender diversity initiatives.”
At Quest Diagnostics, the goal of WIL is to create a sustainable and competitive advantage for the company by fostering an inclusive community of gender diversity and increasing leadership, educational and networking opportunities for women.
“When women can’t see a path to leadership positions, they drop off,” said Quest VP Operations, Midwest Region Pat O’Brien at the ACE Award presentation. O’Brien was among a group of representatives on hand for the event, including Senior VP/Chief Human Resources Officer Jeffrey Shuman and Vice President, Customer Experience Laure Park.
“Approximately 70% of our employees are women, and Women in Leadership has expanded our talent pool of women leaders who contribute their unique talents, backgrounds and viewpoints to help advance our business,” Quest President and CEO Steve Rusckowski said in a statement. “WIL is growing our business and contributing to our bottom line.”