Mayo Clinic was honored last month by DiversityInc for its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Minnesota's top private employer ranked sixth in DiversityInc's Top Hospitals and Health Systems survey. It's the sixth straight year Mayo has finished among the Top 12.

The awards were announced May 3 during an announcement dinner in New York where the featured speakers were Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others.

"It was an honor being able to represent Mayo Clinic and its many dedicated employees at the awards ceremony," said Fred Wills, administrator of Mayo's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "This recognition is really about the Mayo Clinic team living our values, our staff building a welcoming place for each other and patients, where hope and healing are cornerstones."

The five institutions to rank above Mayo include, in order: Mount Sinai Health System, Henry Ford Health System, Northwell Health, Moffitt Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic. None of them finished among the Top 50 overall rankings, which was topped by Earnest and Young (EY), a professional services firm headquartered in the United Kingdom.

DiversityInc reports companies who fared well in its survey scored well in categories such as talent pipeline, talent development, leadership commitment and supplier diversity. They also demonstrated best practices in four specific areas — employee resource group participation; manager participation in cross-cultural mentoring; executive diversity councils setting goals tied to executive compensation; and educating and mentoring diverse suppliers.

Mayo noted the 2017 questionnaire included new questions and more sophisticated analysis to determine its rankings, which makes its strong rankings especially significant.

"Over the last six years, we have seen tremendous growth and progress within Mayo Clinic, so it is rewarding to have this work recognized by an organization like DiversityInc," said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, director of Mayo Clinic's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "Our Mayo Employee Resource Groups, Department Diversity Leaders and employees throughout the enterprise are instrumental in building compassion and inclusion into everything Mayo Clinic does, so they should all be proud and carry this honor forward.

"The Office of Diversity is still young, but its rapid growth is a testament to the support of leadership."

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