The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at STEMConnector.org/100Diverse. Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer at Kaiser Permanente.
Bernard J. Tyson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bernard J. Tyson is the Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, America's largest integrated health care provider and not-for-profit health plan. Tyson has been a strong advocate for the elimination of health care disparities among individuals by promoting the use of aggregated data from members’ electronic health records to determine the most effective treatments for optimal clinical outcomes. He is dedicated to upholding Kaiser Permanente's mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services for all the organization’s members and to improve the health of members and the communities it serves.
Tyson’s career at Kaiser Permanente has spanned 30 years, and he has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science in health service management, a Master of Business in health service administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and a leadership certificate from Harvard University.
About Kaiser Permanente
As one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans, Kaiser Permanente is shaping the future of health care. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities its serve.
Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Kaiser Permanente’s expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.
Bernard on Diversity and STEM
What traits corporate leaders need to effectively support and advance STEM education today?
To support and advance STEM education, corporate leaders should be working inside and outside their organizations to foster the right conditions for innovative problem solving, discussion and debate. In doing so, we are creating not just the best conditions for STEM education to flourish in the workplace, but in the home, where children can also experience the beauty and the freedom of exploring their ideas and inspirations, applying their minds to their generation’s opportunities and challenges.
Where I see the biggest area of opportunity in advancing STEM job careers?
Today, care is no longer offered only in a hospital or medical office setting. Instead, we are seeing a growing need for STEM experts to bring 21st century thinking and tools to deliver care anywhere via video, tablet, and more. As our equipment to deliver health care becomes more technologically driven, we also need a workforce that is educated and trained for the future of health care. While the human-to-human touch will always be at the heart of care delivery, technology is enabling high-quality care that is data-driven, replicable and outcomes focused.
Future breakthroughs in the fields of health care research and genetic engineering will address some of the biggest challenges of today’s critical and chronic conditions, including what I hope will be the elimination of health care disparities. Advances in applied health care sciences will help millions manage their chronic conditions with minimal disruption to their lives through new wearable technologies and telemedicine.
Advice for minorities and women coming “up” in the system?
The good news is more opportunities for minorities and women will be apparent in the coming decade as the high tech industry recruits a more diverse workforce to better reflect the needs of a culturally diverse consumer base. No matter your race or gender, you need to be at your best every day. Enjoy what you do; seek out mentors who can help you achieve your goals; and thoughtfully and strategically build your personal brand – You, Inc. Now days, your social brand is foundational to your overall personal brand. The world is technologically driven, so the next generation of leaders must be both tech savvy, and participate in the conversations that are happening real time in social media.
How I translate my work into innovation?
As CEO of a $55 billion organization, my role is to set the course of the entire organization – its leaders, physicians and employees – on the course for the future. As an organization, we are looking ahead to what health care “could” be in 2025, and are creating cross-organizational and cross-generational synergy around identifying both opportunities and barriers so we can map to what are the most realistic and feasible developments for workforce training, technology development, digital health, and more. My role is chief futurist, creating an organization that is nimble so we can adjust to today’s demands while meeting the competitive marketplace of the future.