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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s Brigitte Kirk honored as 2015 "Working Mother of the Year" by Working Mother Magazine

Brigitte Kirk, Chief of Staff for the Chief Financial Officer at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), has been named a 2015 "Working Mother of the Year" by Working Mother magazine. A mother of four and a 13-year employee with the company, Ms. Kirk received her award during a gala held by the magazine at the New York Marriott Marquis last Thursday evening.A resident of Hoboken, Ms. Kirk joined Horizon BCBSNJ in 2002 as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A). In this role, Ms. Kirk spearheaded the creation of a formal financial planning and analysis program for the company. She later assumed the leadership role of Chief of Staff to Horizon BCBSNJ's CFO, where she manages the business operations of the company's Finance division. Ms. Kirk has mentored many employees, which has aided in their professional growth, and hosted training sessions within the Finance division, which has helped to further diversify their skills. "Brigitte is a remarkably versatile leader and always eager and willing to take on new projects that improve the quality of services Horizon delivers to its 3.8 million members," said Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer for Horizon BCBSNJ. "Away from work, Brigitte is a dedicated mom and avid traveler who delights in bringing her children on family excursions far and wide."At last week's awards gala, Horizon BCBSNJ was also named one of the 2015 Working Mother 100 Best Companies for its commitment to progressive workplace programs, including child care, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave. This is the sixth consecutive year that Horizon BCBSNJ has been recognized as a Working Mother 100 Best Companies.To view the complete profile of all award honorees, go to the Working Mother website at www.workingmother.com. Working Mothers of the Year are nominated by their spouses, employers, children and friends, and selected by the Working Mother editorial team. About Horizon BCBSNJ's Diversity programsHorizon BCBSNJ has instituted many programs aimed at promoting diversity within the company including: paid minority internships and manager development programs, as well as a Diversity Council and minority leadership programs. To learn more about Horizon BCBSNJ and its diversity efforts, visit: www.HorizonBlue.com/diversityAbout Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyHorizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.About Working Mother MediaWorking Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corporation (bonnier.com), publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute (workingmother.com/wmri), the National Association for Female Executives (nafe.com) and Diversity Best Practices (diversitybestpractices.com) are also units within WMM. WMM's mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.