Humana’s Derek Bell on National African American Heritage Month

Originally published at Humana ranked No. 13 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


While we celebrate our associates year-round, Humana recognizes February as a month to honor and acknowledge Black History and progress toward the pursuit of racial justice and equality. This African American Heritage Month, we are honoring the contributions of our Black and African American associates through a series of leadership features spotlighting associates who are also members of our Black and African American Network Resource Group (NRG), IMPACT.


Meet Derek Bell, Humana’s Treasury Lead Treasury and Investments.


What is your ‘why’? (I.e., what motivates you?)  

As Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” I am very motivated by history. My ancestors’ achievements against all odds motivate me to continue their legacy.


What advice would you give to young Black and African American professionals?   

You are not alone on your career journey. As you navigate through your career, try to always seek help, mentorship and guidance.


Do you think your cultural identity impacts your leadership style? If yes, how?

Yes, my cultural identity has shaped my leadership style and has pushed me towards being more of a servant leader. It constantly shapes my leadership because I always have to think about things like: “How do I take up space or share power in interactions or meetings? How do I prompt a safe equitable space that will foster communication of different perspectives and ideas?”


How does Humana support their Black and African American associates?

Humana has done a great job bringing issues that disproportionally impact African Americans to the forefront and committing resources to solve some of those issues like health and food inequities.