We are honored to recognize the 2017 COURAGEOUS LEADERS



TANYA STEWART BLACKMON Novant Health | EVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

During her listening tour, she spoke with more than 700 team members across our four-state footprint. She opened the door for authentic dialogue on diversity and inclusion on a scale we’d never seen before. She then took the voices of our team members and used that to create the foundation of Novant Health’s diversity and inclusion strategic plan and long-term goal.Carl S. Armato, President and CEO, Novant Health

Ms. Blackmon joined Novant Health in 1992, as the Director of Inpatient Discharge Planning.  Since her tenure with Novant Health, she has held a wide variety of leadership roles including President of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Chief Operating Officer of Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital and Director of Clinical Improvement and Community Care Services (where she developed programs to provide care for the underserved).

As one of five Novant Health core values, diversity and inclusion permeates our organization and drives its mission and vision. Its influence is felt in the very fiber of who we are and why we exist. In my role, my primary objective is to embed diversity and inclusion so that Novant Health continues to prepare for the future of healthcare. – Tanya S. Blackmon 


In her role as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, she is responsible for embedding diversity and inclusion across the Novant Health system.  The work includes strong partnerships that encompass the needs of our key stakeholders – patients and families, team members, vendors and the community.



KATHERINE KERCHNER Lockheed Martin | CFO for Enterprise Business Services, VP Global Financial Services

“Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to witness the enthusiasm and passion that drive Katherine’s leadership of her team. Most importantly, I have been able to watch the positive transformation that she is achieving. She understands that people are the heart of any organization and that influencing change requires the courage to speak up and reach out. She is a leader who continues to serve as an inspiration to me and others across Lockheed Martin.” Anne Mullins, CIO and VP, Enterprise Business Services

Ms. Kerchner is the CFO for Enterprise Business Services and VP of Global Financial Services. She is the executive sponsor for Lockheed Martin’s Finance Leadership Development Programs and leads the Finance Transformation initiative for Lockheed Martin’s Finance and Business Operations organization. She also serves on the Exostar Board of Directors. Recognition from organizations such as the American Payroll Association and The Hackett Group, is a true reflection of her influence and leadership.

“Diversity and Inclusion is a high priority at Lockheed Martin. Leaders recognize that in order to be successful in achieving our strategy and mission, we must create an environment where diverse thoughts and ideas are embraced, and our employees can thrive. As the leader of Global Financial Services, I continue to look for ways to build an inclusive culture where my employees feel fully valued and engaged. My team is outstanding, and they challenge me to be a better leader every day.” — Katherine Kerchner

Ms. Kerchner makes inclusion an intrinsic part of her organization, embedded in the way employees think and act. She makes each employee feel valued for who they are and what they contribute, treating each as the most important person in the world. She models consistency of character, values transparency, exemplifies humility, lives a life of integrity and communicates from the heart.


  • TODD G. ANDERSON, Mulroy Insurance Agency, LLC | Chief Development Officer
  • NELSON BRETON, BAE Systems Inc, Electronic Systems Sector | Sr. Director, Contracts, Electronic Combat Solutions
  • GAYLIA CAMPBELL, Lockheed Martin, Missiles and Fire Control | Vice President, Quality and Mission Success
  • PAUL DODD, Northwestern Mutual | Managing Partner
  • DR. PETER LITTLEWOOD, University of Chicago; Argonne National Laboratory | Professor, Joint Appointee
  • GUY MONTMINY, BAE Systems Inc, Electronic Systems Sector | Sr. Vice President and Deputy General Manager
  • JOHN NEWMAN, Aurora Health Care | President, Aurora Medical Center Oshkosh
  • DAVE OLSCHANSKY, Lockheed Martin | Vice President, Military Support Programs
  • KEVIN REMALEY, Lockheed Martin, Space Systems Company | Sr. Manager, Engineering and Space
  • DAVID WILLIAMS, The Ohio State University | Dean, College of Engineering