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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey's Wendy Lanski, Director of Enterprise Vendor Management and President of Spectrum, Horizon BCBS's LGBTQ+ Affinity Group (pictured in red) and Brigitte Hickey, Community Affairs Manager (R) presents a check to New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce leadership (Gus Penaranda and Stephen Blazejewski).

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Continues Its Sponsorship of New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce

Horizon remains a steadfast valued partner to the Chamber’s members and is dedicated to improving the overall quality of care for the greater LGBTQ+ community.

Wayne, NJ (December 06, 2022) – The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC) is pleased to announce that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon), has renewed their support of the greater LGBTQ+ community with a $10,000 Bronze Partnership Level sponsorship. Their support is part of a long-standing commitment towards improving the health of the community, creating a new standard of care for all, and building an inclusive workplace culture for employees.

Horizon has offered quality health insurance products and services to New Jersey families and businesses since 1932. Headquartered in Newark, Horizon has been an active and vocal supporter of the queer community’s needs. They recently participated in NJPCC’s first-ever LGBT+ Health and Wellness Fair, where the Chamber partnered with the New Jersey Department of Health to distribute the latest COVID-19 shots, Monkeypox vaccines, and testing/screening for HIV to the community and their allies.

“The NJPCC is helping LGBTQ+ businesses grow and connect with companies like Horizon that are committed to equity and inclusion in every way, including supplier diversity,” said Wendy Lanski, Director of Enterprise Vendor Management for Horizon. Lanski also serves as President of the Company’s LGBTQ+ employee affinity group, Spectrum. “Ensuring that our employees and vendors reflect the diversity of our members makes Horizon a stronger, more connected company.  For ninety years, Horizon has been New Jersey’s hometown health insurer helping businesses big and small provide health care for their employees.  It is every bit as important that we also help those businesses succeed by giving them the opportunity to contract with us.”

“For the third year in a row, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has demonstrated their commitment to the LGBTQ+ business community in New Jersey,” said Gus Penaranda, Executive Director of NJPCC. “We could not be more grateful for their generosity and partnership.”


About the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce:

Since 2013, the New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce has been the premier LGBTQ+ and allied business organization committed to facilitating successful business collaborations and increasing the economic staying power of its diverse membership.  As an inclusive platform for business visionaries, the Chamber is the first stop for LGBTQ+ and allied entrepreneurs seeking to grow and access opportunities. Its primary mission is to promote the economic growth and development of the local community and help to better serve its members’ businesses by providing resources and opportunities for education, networking, and community engagement.

For more information, please visit or connect with the NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce is an official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). It offers LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) Certification ® as a benefit of membership with the organization. Certified LGBTBEs are routinely sought after by over 300 NGLCC Corporate Partners who are looking to increase their spend with the LGBTQ+ business community. Certified LGBTBEs are also eligible for scholarship programs, mentorship and leadership training, and other business development tools.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey:

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (“Horizon BCBSNJ”), the state’s leading health solutions company, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation providing a wide array of medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving approximately 3.8 million members.


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Andrea M. Garcia

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