Celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, the Girls Scouts of America has a long tradition of empowering young women throughout the country by teaching them the value of honesty, confidence, courage and sisterhood. One of these extraordinary young ladies is 16-year-old Joslyn Simmons of the Florida Girl Scouts of Gateway Council [...]

If I walked into Coach Lopez’s office with a preconceived notion of what I’d hear during this interview, I left it with those notions swept clean. Sure, I knew I was talking with an Olympic medalist – he won the Bronze in the 200m breaststroke for Spain in the 1988 Olympics, competed again in 1992 and qualified [...]

There’s no denying it, Tampa Bay is an amazing place to live, work and play! That’s why it’s so important to Florida Blue to help make the thriving Tampa community an even healthier place to be. You may have seen our own Mark Lee, VP of the Brand Development and Marketing Communications team, speak about some of our ongoing initiatives and partnerships that we’re proud to be a part of at last wee [...]

Forever Changed by a Child

Posted on Jun 26th 2012 by Kate Warnock

Learning and growing can happen at any age, don’t you think? Karen Fergusson, a Florida Blue employee of 28 years, lives by this mantra. Our third Blue Community Champion of the Year is a disarming, genuine kind of person who knows how to put complicated matters in very plain terms. It’s those characteristics that may have contributed to her connection with a special little girl we’ll ca [...]

Ever have the good fortune of making a decision and not realizing the consequences would be far-reaching, unexpectedly positive, and life-affirming? Julie Engelien is one such lucky individual, and she is the second Blue Community Champion of the Year we are featuring in our series. Julie works in our National Accounts area and has been with Florida Blue for nearly 20 years.  She was recognized f [...]

We’d like to take a moment to recognize this real-life superwoman. Not only is she the mother of four children, but she’s also been a Human Resources representative for nearly 19 years. Can’t imagine taking on even more responsibility? She also volunteers and mentors at-risk school children. According to Janice Connelly, the time was simply right for her to become involved in a Pensacola-area sch [...]

The Miami Heat are giants on the court, but did you know they're heroes off it? Florida Blue has enjoyed a long relationship with The Heat, and support their community outreach efforts including teaching kids how to swim and be water safe. This year we were honored to help them open their ninth [...]

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be highlighting some of the people doing great work in Florida’s communities that make us #FloridaProud. To share your stories of people and organizations that make you Florida Proud, write a comment o [...]

#FloridaProud

Posted on May 25th 2012 by Florida Blue

At Florida Blue, we’re inspired by the work that our neighbors (like you!) do in local communities. From mentoring children, to working with at-risk families and providing care for those in need, we admire the commitment you show in your community every day. These actions make us #FloridaProud. We are #FloridaProud about the organizations we’re featuring in this week’s blog. But we want to hear f [...]

Why volunteer? With our busy lives, overbooked calendars, and limited resources, what would make you want to stop for a moment to assist someone else, or help a cause? You only need ask six of our employees, named this week as Blue Community Champions of the Year. They are Julie Engelien, Karen Fergusson, Janice Connelly, Laura Johnson, and two honorable mentions: Christy Forrester and Heather Fer [...]

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