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Workplace Diversity

Who are our employees?

Workplace diversity makes us a better organization. And our employees – more than 47,000 – are as diverse as the people and communities we serve.


  • 76% of Aetna’s employees are women
  • Women hold 64% of management/supervisory positions
  • Women hold 32% of executive positions

Race and ethnicity

  • 32% of our employees are people of color
  • People of color hold 19% of management/supervisory positions
  • People of color hold 14% of executive positions

Multi-generation workplace

  • Traditionalists (1925 to 1945) = Less than 1%
  • Baby Boomers (1946 to 1963) = 30%
  • Generation X (1964 to 1978) = 45%
  • Generation Y (1979 to 1994) = 25%
  • Generation Z (1995 to 2009) = Less than 1%


  • Employees are located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Our largest work sites are:
    • Hartford, Connecticut
    • Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
    • Phoenix, Arizona

Work/life flexibility

  • 49% of employees telework
  • 34% of supervisors/managers telework

Years of service

  • 14% of employees have worked at Aetna >20 years
  • 38% of employees have worked at Aetna <5 years

Veteran status

  • 2.4% of employees identify as veterans


  • 4% of employees identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender

Updated November 2018

Advancing women leaders

Women make up 75% of our employees. We feel strongly about having women in leadership positions. 

Women influence 80% of purchasing decisions today. They are the largest consumer and workforce group. Women’s views on health care and health care services are critical to our success. For these and other business reasons, we focus on developing and advancing women employees.

Workplace Diversity Programs

We seek to engage both men and women as champions, drivers, and advocates of change. Our efforts are international, and include:

  • Women's Leadership Alliance
    This group helps women at Aetna advance to executive positions. It provides mentoring, coaching, training and networking opportunities to help women reach their career goals.
  • Power of the Purse
    Power of the Purse: Healthcare is a research project that brings together our Office of Workplace Culture, Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Women’s Leadership Alliance. They are working with the Center for Talent Innovation to identify the unmet needs of female patients, caregivers and decision-makers, and find ways to meet these needs.
  • Strategies for Success Leadership Program
    Aetna’s Strategies for Success Leadership Program is a three-and-a-half-day development program for women and people of color. The Women’s Leadership Development program designed the event in partnership with Hewlett Consulting Partners. Highly talented and motivated women from across the company meet to discuss career development and planning.
  • Strategies for Success Sponsorship Program
    Our Strategies for Success Sponsorship Program provides a forum to address and remove barriers to the career growth of women at Aetna. It helps women to prepare for executive-level roles through mentoring, sponsorship and collaborative programs with the Aetna Women’s Leadership Alliance and the Women’s Employee Resource Group. The program is a partnership with Hewlett Consulting Partners.
  • Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) Leaders Program
    MARC is designed to engage men in candid conversations about gender and its impact in the workplace. MARC members in leadership positions mentor and support women who seek executive positions. They discuss how to lead change through member-generated advice, insights, and best practices. MARC leaders also are members of the Aetna Women’s Leadership Alliance internal advisory board.

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