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Bernard J. Tyson

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
God Bless America

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1959
Birth Location:
Vallejo, California

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Chief Executive Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti
Favorite Time of Year:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
God Bless America

Birthplace

Born:
1/20/1959
Birth Location:
Vallejo
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Biography

Chief executive officer Bernard J. Tyson was born on January 20, 1959 in Vallejo, California to Billie Tyson, a homemaker, and Moses Tyson, a minister. After graduating from Vallejo High School in 1977, Tyson enrolled at Golden Gate University. While still in college, Tyson worked as an administrative analyst for Vallejo General Hospital. He earned his B.S. degree in health service management in 1982, and went on to receive his M.B.A. degree from Golden Gate University in 1984.

In 1984, Tyson accepted a six-month internship at Kaiser Permanente and was then hired full-time in an administrative position. Tyson remained at Kaiser Permanente and in 1992, he was named chief executive officer of the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. In 1999, he was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer for regions outside of California and for Kaiser’s brand strategy. In 2004, the organization launched its “Thrive” advertising campaign under Tyson’s leadership. In 2006, Tyson was promoted to senior vice president for Health Plan and Hospital Operations, during which time Kaiser opened four new hospitals. In 2010, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente. As president, he was vocal in his support of the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010 and faced significant hurdles. In 2013, he became the company’s first African American chairman and chief executive officer.

Tyson served as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Health Governors Community. He also served on the boards of the American Heart Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the International Federation of Health Plans. He was an American Heart Association CEO Roundtable Member and past chairman of the Executive Leadership Council.

Tyson also received many awards and honors over the course of his career. He was a recipient of the NAACP Freedom Act Award in 2001 and was named Golden Gate University's Alumnus of the Year in 2007. He was named among the Most Influential Healthcare Leaders in both 2014 and 2015, and was a recipient of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s 2014 National Equal Justice Award. In 2010, Tyson was named among the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare and Top 25 Most Influential African Americans.

Bernard Tyson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 17, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bernard J. Tyson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers his family's storytelling
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bernard J. Tyson reflects upon his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers his early experiences in the Church of God in Christ
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bernard J. Tyson describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bernard J. Tyson lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls his father's work as a carpenter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers his father's work as a builder
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about his father's love of cars
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bernard J. Tyson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about the importance of music in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers attending Farragut Elementary School in Vallejo, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls his experiences at Springstowne Junior High School in Vallejo, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers the influence of attorney Lewis G. Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his middle school and high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his personality in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers experiencing racial harassment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his relationship with his father in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about his relationship with his cousin, Sly Stone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls his decision to enroll at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers staying with Sly Stone's family in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers Sly Stone's career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his internship at Vallejo General Hospital in Vallejo, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls his trajectory to Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls his transition from resident to manager at Kaiser Pernamente
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about his first experiences as a hospital manager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bernard J. Tyson describes how Kaiser Permanente differs from other medical systems
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls the administrative positions leading to his appointment as a hospital administrator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers the African American administrators who preceded him at Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about his experiences as a hospital administrator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers restructuring the Northern California region of Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about the emergence of health maintenance organizations in the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about Kaiser Permanente's financial situation in the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls Kaiser Permanente's challenges outside of California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his experiences with Kaiser Permanente on the East Coast
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about his responsibilities as regional president of Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers the creation of an electronic records system at Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bernard J. Tyson describes Kaiser Permanente's approach to advertising
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bernard J. Tyson recalls his engagement with federal policymakers in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about what he learned from his time in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bernard J. Tyson describes Kaiser Permanente's influence on the Clinton healthcare initiative
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about developing Kaiser Permanente's brand image
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bernard J. Tyson remembers his transition to being vice president of Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Bernard J. Tyson talks about his relationship with George Halvorson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Bernard J. Tyson reflects upon his appointment to CEO of Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Bernard J. Tyson describes his vision as the CEO of Kaiser Permanente
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Bernard J. Tyson reflects upon his legacy as a CEO
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Bernard J. Tyson reflects upon his personal legacy