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Why Delta Dental of California Emphasizes Diversity and Inclusion

By Nicci Morris, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion at Delta Dental of California

At Delta Dental of California, we are passionate about people and dedicated to putting our customers and employees at the center of everything we do. In fact, we’ve never been more intentional than we are today about our commitment to creating an inclusive ecosystem for our employees, our customers and our communities. Diversity, inclusion and belonging are the building blocks of a culture that enables innovation, provides psychological safety and drives the value of our business. We strive to weave diversity and inclusion into our DNA because we know how invaluable women are in business.

Did you know?

  • In the U.S., women represent 47 percent of the workforce and in 40% of families, women are the primary or sole breadwinner. (*1)

  • Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to outperform competition. (*2)

  • Women lead the way in academia, earning more bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the U.S. than men. (*3)

  • It has been reported that women control 70 percent of household spending, or $12 trillion, in developed countries around the world. (*4)

  • Growth in women-owned businesses has outpaced the overall increase in new businesses by 1.5 times. (*5)

We are proud and beyond excited to support Girls Leadership Academy Meetup and the empowerment and education of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Delta Dental seeks to create more diversity in corporate America, and that requires an investment of resources that help create opportunities to shape the leaders of the future. Together, we believe we can increase the number of women in corporate leadership and on boards to improve the global economy.

Life and Careers at Delta Dental

Be a part of our journey. We are on a mission to grow holistically as we build an inclusive workplace where everyone co-creates diversity, inclusion and belonging. Being a trusted health partner means we facilitate awareness of biases and provide equitable access to opportunities for all employees to thrive as we drive our business transformation. If our values align with yours, Delta Dental might be the company for you.

Delta Dental covers more Americans than any other dental benefits provider. As an employee you’ll take part in our mission to become a trusted health partner by collaborating with our communities and employees to reimagine and deliver new possibilities in an ever-changing environment. Our enterprise strategy rests on the pillars of growth and diversification, supported by the platforms of culture, people, process and technology.

Our strategy is only as strong as the people who execute it. We’re hiring individuals who are not just right for today but also for our future. Delta Dental leaders optimistically share future possibilities to inspire and motivate others toward their full potential. We’ve built a foundation of high trust by treating all people with dignity, making and keeping commitments, and consistently striving to do the right thing. As we work through transformation, we ask employees to find ways to embrace positive change, challenge the status quo to be curious and provide solutions to unmet problems. Joining Delta Dental means joining a culture focused on fostering development, building genuine connections, recognizing each other’s strengths and sharing in successes.

About Delta Dental

Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, and Delta Dental Insurance Company, together with our affiliate companies, form one of the nation’s largest dental benefits delivery systems, covering 33 million enrollees. Headquartered in San Francisco, we are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, a network of companies that provides dental coverage to 74 million people. All of our companies are members, or affiliates of members, of the Delta Dental Plans Association, a network of 39 Delta Dental companies throughout the country.


1 Source: Pew Social Trends. “Breadwinner Moms;” May 29, 2013.

3 Source: National Center for Education Statistics. Fast Facts: Degrees Conferred by Sex and Race, 2012.

4 Source: Boston Consulting Group. Consumer Sentiment 2011: Navigating the New Consumer Realities.

5 Source: American Express OPEN. The 2015 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report.

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