Portland Business Alliance recognizes company for having 'No Glass Ceiling'
PORTLAND, Ore. – When employees at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon look around the office, they see diversity in their leaders. Specifically, they find dynamic women in key positions making decisions that guide the company. This is no accident, but rather a commitment. As a result, Regence has been honored for its contributions to supporting and promoting women leaders in the company, and shattering the glass ceiling, so women can rise through the ranks to the highest of levels.
“Womens’ voices are crucial to strengthening individual businesses, but their contributions to our collective success are also vital,” Peggy Maguire, senior vice president for corporate accountability and chief of staff. “We must ensure that female leaders continue to have seats at the table to provide the diverse perspective that makes us all stronger.
Maguire, who began with Regence in 1997 as an associate general counsel, launched a women's leadership networking group in the company last year, connecting women executives with the company’s women board members. She also set up an event to link women executives with their counterparts in other companies. Maguire is now the executive sponsor for a women's leadership affinity group launching this year by the company’s human resources department.
Externally, Regence supported the 2011 NEW Leadership Oregon class at Portland State University’s Center for Women, Politics and Policy. Regence is also a sponsor of Vision 2020’s 3rd Annual Congress in Portland Nov. 14-16, which seeks to promote women in business. Maguire serves on Vision 2020’s Portland Advisory Council.