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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 05, 2010

CABLE Organization Recognizes Healthways for Commitment to Gender Balance in Corporate Leadership

By Raja Singh Chaudhary, TMCnet Contributor

Healthways, Inc., a provider of specialized, comprehensive solutions to help people maintain or improve their health and well-being, has recently been honored by the CABLE Organization, an established network of professionals from Tennessee, for being one of the few Tennessee public companies to include more than two women in its Board of Directors.
Only 11 companies had been named to the inaugural CABLE Board Walk of Fame during a ceremony for the award in mid-February, and Healthways was one of them.
The solutions offered by Healthways are designed to help healthy individuals stay healthy, mitigate and slow the progression to disease associated with family or lifestyle risk factors and promote the best possible health for those already affected by disease.
CABLE has more than 600 members and has been engaged in helping women reach their full potential for the past 30 years. Its mission of Connecting Women and Opportunity has shaped its networking programs and advocacy initiatives, and created a forward-thinking infrastructure for expansion nationally. ‘Women on Boards’ is an initiative by CABLE, which is dedicated to increasing the number of women on Tennessee corporate boards and in the executive suite, and to helping lead that movement nationally.
At present, two women are serving on the Healthways Board. First one of them, Mary Jane England, M.D., who is a Director in the company since 2004, is President of Regis College in Weston, Mass. Previously, she has served as the President of the Washington Business Group on Health. Dr. England is also a former Vice President of Prudential Insurance Co., a former Associate Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a former Commissioner of Social Services and Associate Commissioner of Mental Health in Massachusetts. Additionally, whe also serves as a Board Member of NSF International.
The other woman who has been serving the Healthways Board is Alison Taunton-Rigby, Ph.D. and has been holding the Director’s chair in the company since 2005. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of RiboNovix, Inc., Dr. Taunton-Rigby has previously served as CEO of two companies, which are CMT, Inc. and Aquila Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. She is also a director of The RiverSource Funds, Abt Associates, Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and The Children’s Hospital, Boston.
According to Thomas G. Cigarran, Healthways Board Chairman, the company is honored to be named to the CABLE Board Walk of Fame. Cigarran noted that CABLE’s mission to connect women with opportunity aligns closely with Healthways’ commitment to leadership and diversity.
In July 2009, Healthways, Inc. announced that its engagement marketing team was bestowed upon the Innovator Award in the “Emerging Media” category from Summit International Awards.
Raja Singh Chaudhary is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raja's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri