About Our Speaker
Dr. Harris was such a popular, engaging speaker at one of our breakfast meetings last year, resulting in a 30 plus minute "post-meeting meeting", we decided to bring him back for a regular lunch meeting.
Ronald Harris is vice president of diversity and inclusion for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. In this role, Ronald is responsible for cultivating a corporate culture where diversity and inclusion are aligned with the company’s corporate strategy and values.
Reporting directly to the CEO, Ronald provides strategic leadership and counsel for diversity initiatives within the organization, including diversity awareness training, recruitment, cultural competency training and employee development, as well as community outreach.
He has served in various management roles at BlueCross for 30 years and is also a co-founder of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Diversity Alliance. The Alliance acts as a resource to share best practices and address diversity awareness and community outreach across the country.
Under his leadership, Forbes ranked BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee No. 33 out of 250 of America’s Best Employers for Diversity in 2018. And, BlueCross was one of 22 insurers nationwide to earn 95 out of 100 possible points on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
In 2017, the National Organization for Workforce Diversity selected Ronald as a Legacy Award recipient in recognition of his significant contribution in the advancement of workforce diversity and inclusion. Legacy awards are designed to honor individuals and institutions that impact the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has previously earned a nomination for the prestigious Robert Shaw Symbol of Hope Award and has been featured in USA Today as well as Equal Opportunity and African American Career World magazines. In 2015, Ronald was recognized by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute as one of the top five men promoting women in Chattanooga.
Ronald frequently serves as an expert speaker at business functions and conferences nationwide on diversity topics that impact the workplace. His presentations address issues such as generational diversity, disability awareness, stereotypes, effective cross-cultural communication, religion in the workplace and the business case for diversity.
Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council, Inc. P.O. Box 24686Nashville, TN 37202-4686Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.