Delta Dental of Illinois Named Top 20 Finalist for 2023 NACD Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Oct. 11, 2023) – Delta Dental of Illinois is one of 20 boards named as finalists for the 2023 NACD Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Awards. The annual awards recognize boards that have improved their governance and created long-term value for stakeholders by implementing forward-thinking diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) practices.  

“Delta Dental of Illinois is intentional about our commitment to be an inclusive organization to ultimately drive better outcomes for our employees, customers and those we support through our corporate social responsibility efforts,” says Rheaana Guess, vice president, people and diversity officer at Delta Dental of Illinois. “We are proud our Board is receiving this recognition for the third time, and we applaud them for helping to guide our culture of inclusion, from those we employ and advance to the policies we implement, organizations we support, vendors we use and how we manage our day-to-day operations.”

“DE&I is important to any boardroom, and Delta Dental of Illinois has taken the steps to create a truly diverse and respected board,” says Peter Gleason, NACD president and CEO. “I am proud NACD has recognized the work and impact of Delta Dental of Illinois.” 

The Delta Dental of Illinois Board Culture & Compensation Committee provides guidance for the organization’s DE&I initiatives. Delta Dental of Illinois DE&I efforts are led by Guess with support from the entire leadership team, as well as the organization’s cross functional Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, Engagement and Equity Team that focuses on internal and external initiatives. To learn more about Delta Dental of Illinois’ DE&I initiatives, which are part of its overall corporate social responsibility efforts, review the 2022 Delta Dental of Illinois Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

This year's 20 finalists were celebrated at the NACD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards Gala, held during the 2023 NACD Summit, on October 10 in Washington D.C.  

Visit the NACD DE&I Awards™ website to learn more. For more information on NACD’s commitment to the advancement of DE&I at the board level, and for further insights, trends, and perspectives on this issue, please visit the NACD Center for Inclusive Governance™ and the NACD Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resource Center.  

About Delta Dental of Illinois  

Delta Dental is the national dental benefits leader covering 1 in 3 Americans who have dental coverage. Delta Dental of Illinois is one of 39 member companies that make up the national Delta Dental system. Based in Naperville, Illinois, Delta Dental of Illinois provides dental benefit programs to more than 6,500 Illinois companies and covers more than 2 million individuals, employees, and family members nationwide. Delta Dental of Illinois is committed to improving oral health in our community and furthers this commitment through the work of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. To learn more about Delta Dental of Illinois, visit  

About NACD  

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the premier membership organization for board directors who want to expand their knowledge, grow their network, and maximize their potential.  

As the unmatched authority in corporate governance, NACD sets the standards of excellence through its research and community-driven director education, programming, and publications. Directors trust NACD to arm them with the relevant insights to make high-quality decisions on the most pressing and strategic issues facing their businesses today.  

NACD also prepares leaders to meet tomorrow’s biggest challenges. The NACD Directorship Certification® is the leading director credential in the United States. It sets a new standard for director education, positions directors to meet boardroom challenges, and includes an ongoing education requirement that prepares directors for what is next.  

With an ever-expanding community of more than 23,000 members and a nationwide chapter network, our impact is both local and global. NACD members are driven by a common purpose: to be trusted catalysts of economic opportunity and positive change—in business and in the communities we serve. To learn more about NACD, visit