Manika Turnbull is Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which is the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
In her role, Manika is responsible for managing HCSC’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives, ensuring that diversity and inclusion remain cornerstones of HCSC’s culture and continue to be integrated into its business operations.
Prior to her role as Chief Diversity Officer, Manika was Chief of Staff for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), responsible for supporting all activities of the Office of the President, including strategic planning, messaging and positioning, budget and personnel administration and coordination. Turnbull has been with HCSC for more than nine years.
Manika is an active member of the Chicago community. She is a member of several boards and councils, most notably United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that teaches children about racism and prejudice to prevent it from happening in the future, and Playworks Illinois, which aims to improve the health and well-being of children through physical activity. A graduate of James Madison University, where she was team captain of JMU’s NCAA Division I women’s basketball team, Manika holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees. She is a 2015 Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) fellow and serves on LGC’s Board of Directors. Manika was named a 2013 Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50 Emerging & Executive Leader.