Delta Dental of Illinois Board of Directors nominated for national recognition in diversity and inclusion

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Sept. 28, 2020) – The Delta Dental of Illinois Board of Directors is 1 of 10 boards named finalists for NACD NXT®, a national award recognizing exemplary board leadership practices that promote greater diversity and inclusion.

The NACD NXT® awards are presented by the National Association of Corporate Directors, the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 21,000 board members nationwide. Delta Dental of Illinois is the leading dental benefits carrier in Illinois, serving more than 6,000 Illinois companies and 2 million individuals, employees and family members nationwide.

“Thanks to the diversity of the Delta Dental of Illinois Board of Directors, we are more effective as an organization and better able to reflect the communities and customers we serve,” said John Maples, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our culture and operations as we further an essential part of our mission to improve the overall health and well-being of all Illinoisans,” Maples said. “This focus is reflected through not only our product offerings, but also our community support and our Foundation’s our community programs, events and grants  that work to eliminate disparities by helping those who are underserved and face obstacles in receiving much-needed oral health care.”

Three winners of the NACD NXT® award will be announced and featured in a video Oct. 13 during the virtual NACD Summit 2000, which organizers say is the largest and most influential director forum in the world.

“We are honored to be nominated for this national recognition of our efforts,” Maples said. “Delta Dental of Illinois will continue to promote a culture of inclusivity, where we offer opportunities to all and foster open dialogue and two-way communication. It starts with each of us.”

Nine other finalists include the boards of Allegiance Bancshares, CDK Global, CPP Investments, Edison International, Limeade, Parsons, Sempra Energy, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church and Xylem.

About Delta Dental of Illinois

Delta Dental is the national dental benefits leader covering 1 in 3 Americans who have dental insurance. 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 6,000 Illinois companies and covers 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.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 21,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for more than 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit