Mary Stutts: On Demystifying the System, Taking Risks, and the Vital Importance of Having Diverse Networks

Mary Stutts

Mary Stutts is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Sumitovant Biopharma, a worldwide biopharmaceutical company that is dedicated to the accelerated development of innovative medicines. She is also a Consultant on Inclusion, Diversity, and Health Equity at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California.

Growing up as a foster child has inspired Mary in her personal and professional career, going on to found The Center for Excellence in Life, a 501c3 organization whose Virtual Internship Program prepares underrepresented youth to be the workforce of the future. Mary is also the Author of The Missing Mentor: Women Advising Women on Power, Progress and Priorities.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Mary Stutts talks about directing a youth-focused anti-violence initiative while working at Kaiser
  • One of the biggest challenges for female leaders: willingness to take risks
  • How Mary’s mentor and sponsor, Bernard Tyson, taught her the importance of showing initiative in the workplace
  • Mary’s advice to ambitious professionals: read the handwriting on the walls in your organization
  • Why should you care about corporate social responsibility?
  • The importance of leading with data, instead of just intuition, when creating change in an organization
  • Mary shares how her childhood taught her the power of using her voice 
  • The difference between diversity and inclusion—and why both are essential in every organization
  • What does it mean to “demystify the system?”
  • Mary’s advice for final leaders—especially white, male leaders—in the corporate world: individual accountability

In this episode…

Do you have opportunities in your organization to use your voice for good? Or, is your voice stifled and ignored because of your gender, race, or socio-economic status?

Mary Stutts is a female leader, person of color, and former foster child. Throughout her life and career, Mary experienced a great deal of discrimination from leaders around her—but, she also received abundant support and empowerment from her friends, family members, and mentors. This dual perspective on opportunity and ambition has given Mary a passion for using her powerful voice to help the disenfranchised, marginalized, and disregarded people in her community and workplace. Today, Mary is here to share how you can use your voice to affect change today.

In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Mary Stutts, Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at Sumitovant Biopharma, sits down with Dov Pollack to discuss the importance of diversity, inclusion, and empowerment in companies and communities. Listen in as Mary talks about how her childhood developed her self-confidence, the power of taking initiative in the workplace, and what every organization needs to know about diversity and inclusion. You don’t want to miss this episode!

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