Delta Dental of Illinois names new vice president

Posted on June 25, 2021 in General oral health

Rheaana Guess headshotDelta Dental of Illinois is pleased to announce the hiring of Rheaana Guess as vice president, people and diversity officer. 

In this newly created role, Guess will oversee human resources at Delta Dental of Illinois and its subsidiary companies. This includes the development and growth of team members, recruitment, succession planning and employment counsel. Guess will also be responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives including trainings and programming, employee affinity groups and mentoring programs to continue fostering an inclusive culture that will attract, hire and retain a diverse workforce.

The new position reflects how important diversity, equity and inclusion are to Delta Dental of Illinois to further its mission to improve the overall health and well-being of those it serves. Rheaana Guess brings extensive experience, making her uniquely suited to help the company continue enhancing its culture and operations, and ensuring the company reflects the communities and customers as it grows.

Guess has a bachelor’s, master’s, and law degree from Northwestern University and more than 15 years of experience in labor and employment law, with a specific focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. This includes:

  • Wipro Limited: As head of employment law for North America, Guess oversaw all employment law-related matters for an employee population of over 25,000. She created and facilitated trainings on human resources, and diversity and inclusion. She was also a founding member of the company’s Black Advisory Council, which worked to increase equity and inclusion at Wipro.
  • Hitachi Consulting/Hitachi Vantara: As global senior employment counsel and director, Guess helped implement corporate best practices in human resources and provided guidance in complying with state and federal employment laws. She developed and conducted anti-discrimination training and was a member of the African American Employee Resource Group.
  • Jones Day: As a labor and employment associate, Guess counseled clients on employment matters including hiring. She also developed and directed implementation of diversity, affinity group and professional development activities.

Guess has been dedicated throughout her career to advancing diversity and inclusion and creating equal opportunity in the workplace. Guess' role at Delta Dental of Illinois will allow her to not only continue this focus, but also oversee the employee life cycle, building programs that foster employee engagement, learning and growth. She will collaborate with the entire team as the company continues to build the culture and embed diversity into its foundation to ensure a true reflection of those it serves.

Delta Dental of Illinois’ emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion has been nationally recognized. Last fall, the Delta Dental of Illinois Board of Directors was 1 of 10 boards named finalists for NACD NXT®, a national award recognizing exemplary board leadership practices that promote greater diversity and inclusion.

Guess will combine her expertise in labor and employment with company data and information to provide Delta Dental of Illinois with guidance, insights, best practices and strategies for continued improvement.