Shiva Bidar is the Chief Diversity Officer at UW Health, an integrated health system serving 618,000 patients each year in Wisconsin, Northern Illinois and beyond with 1,400 physicians, six hospitals, and 80 outpatient sites. In this capacity, Ms. Bidar provides vision, coordination and strategic leadership for the design and implementation of UW Health’s initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. During her tenure at UW Heath, Ms. Bidar has developed a model interpreter-services program and served as an organization-wide resource on cultural competency and diversity issues. Ms. Bidar has made significant contributions to our community holding many key roles, including co-chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County, member of the Madison College Board of Trustees, Madison Community Foundation board member and United Way of Dane County Vision Council member. Ms. Bidar is a founding member and co-chair of the Madison Area Diversity Roundtable, a coalition of employers committed to diversity and inclusionary practices.
Ms. Bidar also serves on the City of Madison Common Council. She was first elected in 2009. She has serves as the Common Council President Pro-Tem and President.
Ms. Bidar is actively engaged in many philanthropic and community based events, holding multiple board appointments and supporting numerous community causes. Her work in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion has been recognized with the following awards:
- 2016 “15 of Madison’s Most Influential People” In Business Magazine
- 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient
- 2010 City-County MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award
- 2005 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award
- 2002 “One of the 50 most influential Madisonians” Madison Magazine
- 2000 City of Madison/Dane County Public Health Award for Multicultural Health Care