(September 27, 2016, Newark, NJ) - Carolyn Powell, Human Resources Director for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), has been named a 2016 "Working Mother of the Year" by Working Mother magazine.
Ms. Powell’s Working Mother recognition comes in the “Rising Star” category, which honors up-and-coming working moms who have made an impact on their organization after fewer than five years on the job. Ms. Powell joined Horizon BCBSNJ in August of 2012 and balances her work by enjoying time with her family and friends.
The magazine also announced Horizon BCBSNJ’s selection as a 2016 Working Mother Top 100 company, which marks the seventh consecutive year the company has been selected for the honor. The 100 Best Companies are featured in the October/November issue of Working Mother and the complete list can be found here.
Ms. Powell’s strength is in working with organizational units to help employees develop and perform to their fullest potential. For example, Ms. Powell assisted Horizon BCBSNJ’s Service Leadership team in achieving a 20 percent increase in customer service productivity over the last three years. Ms. Powell has also assisted the company’s efforts to help employees achieve a better work/life balance by working from home and other remote locations. She and her team facilitated the training components necessary to support the virtual workplace model and to make it succeed for both the company and its employees.
“A company like Horizon is only as good as the workforce that supports it, and Carolyn is someone who knows how to design and implement strategies for creating an exceptional workforce,” said Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer for Horizon BCBSNJ. “The last few years have been transformative ones for the health insurance industry, and Carolyn has been integral in making sure Horizon’s workforce has adapted to the changes while continuing to deliver service excellence to our 3.8 million members.”
Ms. Powell earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University, and holds certifications in HR, Executive Coaching, Sales Coaching, and Human Capital Strategy.
Ms. Powell lives in Mendham, New Jersey with her husband, Justin, and their 14 year-old twin sons, Ethan and Connor.
Working Mothers of the Year are nominated by their spouses, employers, children and friends, and selected by the Working Mother editorial team.
About Horizon BCBSNJ’s Diversity programs
Horizon BCBSNJ has instituted many programs aimed at promoting diversity within the company including: paid minority internships and manager development programs, as well as a Diversity Council and minority leadership programs. To learn more about Horizon BCBSNJ and its diversity efforts, visit: www.HorizonBlue.com/diversity