Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At KVC, we are focused on honoring individuality while working collaboratively in diverse and inclusive groups to ensure healthy childhoods and healthy communities throughout the communities we serve.
KVC’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is a long-term, broad commitment and goes far beyond “it’s the right thing to do.” Our commitment is grounded in the diverse representation of the children, adults and families we serve. We believe our clients will become even more diverse (race, religion, socio-economic status, gender identity, country of origin, ability status, etc.) as the overall population continues to increase its diverse makeup. The changing demographics of our country will without question impact organizations in the human welfare service area and dictate the need to make DEI a priority.
KVC embraces innovation and has been at the forefront of identifying and embracing a holistic approach to family health. To successfully provide the best quality of services, we must have the innovative thinking that exists when diverse groups of employees are tasked with developing the best way to provide quality services. At the heart of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is innovation; therefore, our DEI efforts will ensure we are valuing individuals diverse dimensions, while allowing those individuals to work, create, express and increase KVC’s value to the communities in which it operates.
KVC Health Systems Serves as a Sponsor of the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women and Minorities in the Workplace” Breakfast
The Kansas City Business Journal featured Rita Holmes-Bobo, KVC’s Executive Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as part of its August 31 event on diversity in the workforce. Along with executives from Honeywell, Turner Construction, and The Women’s Foundation, Holmes-Bobo served as a panelist addressing a range of questions.
(Photos by Adam Vogler, visual journalist, Kansas City Business Journal)
The breakfast meeting, called “Women and Minorities in the Workplace,” was the latest in the KCBJ’s Diversity and Inclusion Series. KVC Health Systems is proud to sponsor the series due to its commitment to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion both inwardly with team members and externally with the children, families and communities it serves.
While diversity efforts in recruiting and management have advanced, the KCBJ reports that women in the Kansas City area still make less on the dollar than their male peers and minorities even less so. A recent Harvard Business Review article stated that companies with more women in executive positions are more profitable. But among the Fortune 500, just 32 companies are led by women. None are led by female minorities.
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- How to React to Biased Comments at Work – Harvard Business Review by Judith Honesty, David Maxfield and Joseph Grenny
- I’m a white foster parent seeing racism through my black and brown children’s eyes – The Washington Post, by Shmuly Yanklowitz
- The gender identity terms you need to know – CBS News
Join the KVC Team
We’re looking for highly caring, highly skilled professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds. We have open positions in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and West Virginia to help provide services including in-home family support, behavioral healthcare, foster care, adoption and children’s psychiatric hospitals. KVC is an equal opportunity employer. Learn more at www.kvc.org/careers.