Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ronald Harris
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Ronald Harris serves as the Vice president of Diversity and Inclusion at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. In this capacity, Mr. Harris provides strategic leadership and counsel for diversity initiatives within the organization that include diversity awareness training, recruitment, employee development, and community outreach. He also ensures adherence to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Plan and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Mr. Harris has served in various roles of management throughout his 30 years of service at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, each with increasing responsibilities. He currently serves as Co- chair for the organization’s Corporate Diversity Council. Ron is also co-founder and a member of the BlueCross BlueShield Association Diversity Alliance, which connects various BlueCross BlueShield Plans throughout the country as a resource to share best practices and address diversity awareness and community outreach.
Mr. Harris is a regular speaker at business functions and conferences throughout Tennessee and the country on diversity topics that impact the workplace. Subject matter that is covered includes: generational diversity, disability awareness, stereotypes, effective cross-cultural communication, religion in the workplace, overcoming unconscious bias, the business case for diversity and others with each placing emphasis on cultural competency.
Mr. Harris has been featured in numerous publications local, national and international, such as African American Career World, Edge, Equal Opportunity and most recently USA Today. Harris was also recognized by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) as one of the top five men in Chattanooga who promotes women, the NAACP recognized Harris with its James R. Mapp, Citizen of the Year award, The National Organization of Workforce Diversity presented Harris with the inaugural Legacy Award that recognizes leaders impacting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is a Rotarian and serves on several community boards of directors.
He is married to Rosalind Crutcher Harris and is the father of two, the late Jerron Harris and Shronda Harris.
He is an assistant minister at Second Missionary Baptist Church and serves in several capacities such as Sunday school teacher and Dean of the school of evangelism.