Inez Stewart - At Johns Hopkins since 2017
Senior Vice President of Human Resources Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?
I wanted to work for a world-renowned health care enterprise where I can lead the strategy to accelerate the integration of human resource policies and programs across the health system.
Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
It’s all about the mission and the work we do here. Our people, and the breakthroughs and innovations we are working on, are amazing. I may not be involved in the primary research and clinical care, but to be involved in an organization that is truly moving health care forward is exciting and rewarding.
You also have to be a risk-taker and be thoughtful about the opportunities presented to you so that you can take on new things, grow and expand your portfolio of skills.
Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.
I have always taken on new challenges and opportunities and have never been afraid of taking risks in my career. I am aware of how my position in human resources supports the organization’s strategic plan and leadership, and that has allowed me to be in broader roles than what is traditional in human resources. I’ve taken lots of risks and worked in multiple industries, which broadened my perspective. For example, I was not afraid to move overseas to take on a new responsibility. I’ve challenged myself to not get stuck, and so I pushed myself to learn and grow in order to be ready for the next opportunity.
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
Due to my short tenure at Johns Hopkins Medicine, it’s too early to celebrate accomplishments. However, we are in the process of reorganizing and reaffirming the human resources/people strategy and structure, which is central to delivering the appropriate human resources services and programs to the organization. In addition, we launched the HR Solutions Center to provide on-demand response and support to managers and employees. We are currently embarking on a systemwide initiative to reaffirm our values as an organization and continue to strengthen our workplace culture.
What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?
It is important for all of us, as women, to be confident in our capabilities and to be self-assured in how we do our jobs and how we are valued in our positions. In most cases, women hold back and are shy about being assertive as it relates to career advancement. Over the years, I’ve learned that no one is going to do that for you. You have to be able to do that for yourself. You also have to be a risk-taker and be thoughtful about the opportunities presented to you so that you can take on new things, grow and expand your portfolio of skills.