For the past seven years, Kettering Health has made it a priority to grow, adapt, and nuance how we cultivate an equitable, inclusive workplace.
In recent years, especially as our nation navigated intensified division, we’ve taken steps to ensure our employee family continues to feel confident in our commitment to this vision. This included doing more to acknowledge the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity. We examined our diversity and inclusion initiatives, including efforts related to
- Supplier diversity
- Diverse hiring
- Employee resource groups
- Unconscious bias training
Throughout these initiatives, Kettering Health has emphasized that its employee family have zero tolerance for any behavior that fails to honor the image of God in every person. And central to the success of these efforts has been our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, who’ve been hard at work elevating how we embody the Apostle Paul’s invitation to “live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16).
To continue this worthy endeavor, Kettering Health is taking another vital step to be our best for our people.
Leading the newly established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department is Bonnie Baker-Tattershall as director and Lenesia Boddie as manager. Both leaders are well-recognized within Kettering Health’s employee family—and our community. Lenesia was named one of this year’s Forty Under 40 by the Dayton Business Journal (DBJ), and Bonnie was recently awarded the DBJ’s Diversity in Business Award as an Outstanding Diversity-in-Business Champion.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department will be under Missions and Ministry, with Human Resources remaining a vital partner. This will ensure that the steps taken remain grounded in the richness and vitality of our being a faith-based organization.