As the official move of Blue Shield of California’s headquarters to downtown Oakland grows closer, the company’s high energy, employee volunteer events are reaching residents across the four corners of the city.
Even before Blue Shield officially moves into its new downtown Oakland home base, the company is making serious efforts to positively affect the city’s business economy. A large company such as Blue Shield has ongoing supply needs in multiple areas — and it’s actively seeking out diverse local suppliers to fill them.
When Blue Shield of California began planning a summit in Oakland to inspire women at all levels to lead, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was the immediate and ideal choice to be a keynote at the event. Her leadership as the chief executive of the City of Oakland captured the essence of the event: “Women Lead to Excellence (WL2X)” – the name of the Employee Resource Group.
At the Roots Community Clinic in East Oakland, more than 20 percent of patients suffer from hypertension — otherwise known as high blood pressure. The “silent killer,” so called because it often has no obvious symptoms, is epidemic in communities of color, which also suffer disproportionately from obesity and diabetes, contributing factors to hypertension.
When Blue Shield of California moves its headquarters and 1,200 of its employees to Oakland in late 2019, the company already will have made a positive mark on the community. As part of its 80th anniversary, Blue Shield has launched the “#80forOakland” campaign, which will conduct 80 community service or discovery activities in Oakland prior to the official headquarters’ opening at 601 City Center.