Queens University Board Member Tanya Stewart Blackmon '00 Named Charlotte Woman of the Year
Blackmon recognized for leadership and community service throughout Covid-19 crisis
Queens University congratulates Board member Tanya Stewart Blackmon '00, executive vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Novant Health, on being named Charlotte Woman of the Year. Selected by a committee of past winners, Blackmon was recognized for her extraordinary leadership and community service throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
During her more than 25-year tenure at Novant Health, Blackmon has served as president of two medical centers and managed hundreds of professionals. Her passion for cultivating and leading an inclusive and welcoming environment for all stakeholders, including patients, families, team members, and the community, has reinforced Novant Health's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
As COVID-19 presented new challenges to healthcare providers, Blackmon's team launched "Thriving Together," an initiative offering front-line workers at Novant Health a variety of resources to help with their wellness. She also helped administer Novant Health's COVID-19 Relief Fund (Hope Fund), fielding more than 26,000 requests and providing approximately $9.4 million in emergency financial assistance to team members impacted by the pandemic.
For the broader Charlotte Mecklenburg community, Blackmon was appointed co-chair of the COVID-19 Response Fund grants committee established by the Foundation for The Carolinas and United Way of the Central Carolinas. In this role, she led a team of community leaders who reviewed and distributed grants from the fund to nonprofits assisting those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Blackmon's service to the community continues a long legacy of community engagement. She was recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare" in 2021 and as a leader in "Addressing Systemic Racism" in 2020.
"Tanya has been a lightning rod in our community for decades," said former Charlotte Woman of the Year Joan Zimmerman. "Her compassion, combined with enviable energy, and a zeal for justice and equality, has had a major impact on so many lives. She is truly a woman of the years."
The Charlotte Woman of the Year award was established in 1955 to recognize Charlotte women who display exceptional community service and leadership.