UnitedHealth Group Welcomes Joy Fitzgerald as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Jun 14, 2021 11:15 AM ET

UnitedHealth Group’s journey to build the health care workforce of tomorrow, reflective of the people and communities we serve, requires a sustained commitment to more deeply embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into our everyday work.

We are pleased to welcome Joy Fitzgerald to UnitedHealth Group as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. 

“I am energized by the company’s focus and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. It is through unique perspectives and progressive thinking that we can be the catalyst to unleash the full potential within the organization and achieve greater health equity in the communities we serve.” - Joy Fitzgerald Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, UnitedHealth Group

Joy will help build on the foundation of programs, partnerships, and strategic priorities across diversity, equity and inclusion; and strengthen the equity of the workforce, so that everyone feels valued and empowered to reach their full potential. She will also serve as a partner and strategic advisor to the company's Culture, Inclusion and Diversity Councils, ensuring that best practices in every facet of the business advance equity inside and outside the company. 

Joy is a highly respected and experienced human capital leader with more than 20 years of experience. Some of her career accolades include:

  • Building best-in-class strategies that enable for-profit and non-profit organizations to foster stronger, more diverse and inclusive cultures 
  • Sought-after speaker and thought leader, who has presented keynote speeches and workshops in more than 20 countries 
  • Named to the inaugural list of “Elite 100 Black Women Executives” by Diversity Woman Magazine 
  • Recognized on the list of “Most Powerful Black Women in Corporate Diversity” by Black Enterprise and by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association as a “Rising Star” 

Joy comes to UnitedHealth Group from Eli Lilly, where she most recently served as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.