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Novant Health chief consumer officer honored with Martin Luther King, Jr. leadership award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jesse Cureton, Novant Health executive vice president and chief consumer officer, was recognized Jan. 16 with a Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Emerging Leader Award by the National Diversity Awards. Cureton is being honored for his work building innovative consumer experiences that prioritize health equity, as well as employee experiences that are national models for diversity, equity and inclusion. 

The National Diversity Award’s mission is to honor influential individuals, organizations and businesses advancing diversity, exemplifying leadership and demonstrating corporate responsibility in their respective workplaces and communities. The MLK Emerging Leader Award recognizes corporate leaders who exemplify the same leadership attributes as Martin Luther King Jr. – integrity, determination and intelligence.

Cureton has worked at Novant Health for a decade. He led Novant Health’s systemwide rebrand that successfully unified the organization through a culture of wellness and consumer engagement, focusing on innovative health care delivery and community-centric care. Today, Cureton continues to lead omnichannel marketing and the communication efforts to share Novant Health’s commitment to price transparency, evolving consumer needs, personalized patient experiences and strategies to achieve health equity. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cureton applied his expertise in fundraising, partnership and engaging communication strategies to help Novant Health be a trusted source of information.

“Jesse’s leadership exemplifies Novant Health’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and improving the nation’s health equity outcomes through community engagement,” said Carl Armato, president and chief executive officer, Novant Health. “I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the MLK Emerging Leader Award.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed annually on the third Monday of January. King was an influential civil rights leader – best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day.

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2023