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National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com Recognize Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) as Top Company for Blacks in Technology

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 General News J E 4
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LARGO, Md., and PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 26 The NationalBDPA, Black Data Processing Associates (http://www.bdpa.org), andWorkplaceDiversity.com (http://www.WorkplaceDiversity.com), the source fordiversity talent, announced Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) as thewinner of the prestigious Epsilon Award as the Top Company for Blacks inTechnology.

"On behalf of HCSC, I'd like to thank BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com forthe prestigious honor of being named the 2008 Epsilon Award winner as the TOPCompany for Blacks in Technology. HCSC's commitment to diversity has helped usattract qualified employees and achieve incredible success in recent years,"said Brian Hedberg, HCSC senior vice president and chief information officer."We are especially grateful to organizations such as the Black Data ProcessingAssociates and WorkplaceDiversity.com for encouraging us to identify andpromote the talented work force we have today. As we look to the future, weknow that diversity and inclusion will help us accomplish our goals."

The award was presented at the 2008 National BDPA Technology ConferenceAwards Gala held August 9th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA. TheEpsilon Award is presented annually to the TOP company in the nation thatpromotes a workplace and environment that support the advancement of Blacks inthe information technology industry.

"We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions that HCSChas made for Blacks in Technology," said National BDPA President, DeniseHolland. "In this economy, many African Americans in technology are concernedabout opportunities for both employment and advancement. It is important torecognize those exceptional companies that have provided African Americanswith challenging and fulfilling career opportunities in InformationTechnology."

BDPA Corporate Sponsors and Supporters were asked to complete acomprehensive survey that rated their performance in the areas ofDemographics, Diversity Programs, Diversity (Training, Affinity Groups),Tenure, Promotions and Terminations, Diversity Recruiting, Career PathPrograms, Minority Vendor Programs, and Community Outreach. BDPA andWorkplaceDiversity.com announced Allstate Insurance, Eli Lilly and Company,Health Care Service Corporation, HSBC North America, Merck and Company,Monsanto, State Farm Insurance, Wal-Mart Stores, WellPoint and Wells FargoBank as the award winners of the 2008 Best Companies for Blacks in Technologyearlier in July.

About Health Care Service Corporation

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) is a non-investor-owned mutualinsurance company that operates through its Blue Cross and Blue Shielddivisions in Illinois, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and severalsubsidiaries to offer a variety of health and life insurance products andrelated services to employers and individuals. Health Care Service Corporation(HCSC) is a customer-owned health benefits company focused on improving thehealth and wellness of its members and communities.

About National BDPA

Founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and the late David Wimberly, BDPA is a globalmember focused organization that serves the professional well-being of itsstakeholders. BDPA remains committed to excellence and providing a widespectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educationalinstitutions and the African American community. The organization is acatalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the ITindustry. With over 50 chapters across the United States, the BDPA is thepremier organization for African Americans in technology.

About WorkplaceDiversity.com

WorkplaceDiversity.com (www.WorkplaceDiversity.com) is the source fordiversity talent. The first career web site for companies that want torecruit experienced diversity candidates, it combines leading technology withdiversity and career in
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