Jay Warren Teamer is an Omaha native who has spent her personal and professional life serving our community. In August 2020, she was appointed as the inaugural Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, where she drives the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy for the company and also oversees the company’s corporate social responsibility and wellness efforts. In our conversation, Jay shares how she came into the new role, how her personal experiences inform her professional endeavors, and how her larger family context shaped who she is today and aspires to be tomorrow.
Jay has worked in the non-profit/philanthropic sector for the last ten years, with previous roles at Partnership 4 Kids, United Way of the Midlands, and Mutual of Omaha. With her childhood friend, Ashlei Spivey, Jay co-founded I Be Black Girl and leads the groups’ giving circle, IBBGives. As a highly engaged community advocate, Jay has served on numerous nonprofit boards and been honored with several community awards. As well as being an old-school R&B aficionado, Jay’s greatest joy is her family.