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Mary Stutts

SVP of Corporate Relations, Sumitovant Biopharma (USA)

Mary Stutts is the SVP of Corporate Relations at Sumitovant Biopharma. Previously, she was the first Chief Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity Officer for Stanford Health Care.  Stutts has championed DEI at companies including Genentech, Comcast NBCUniversal, Bristol Myers Squibb, Bayer, UnitedHealth Group and Kaiser Permanente.

Stutts is an accomplished author whose new book  Recurring Themes of Exclusion in the Workplace provides an in depth analysis of ongoing exclusionary practices in the workplace and details the path needed to achieve true “inclusive diversity”.  She championed women in leadership with her book, The Missing Mentor: Women Advising Women on Power, Progress and Priorities, which has been dubbed a surrogate mentor for career women. Her non-profit The Center for Excellence in Life was the first to launch a national  Virtual Internship Program for underrepresented youth during the pandemic, garnering widespread corporate engagement.

She is a sought after consultant, speaker, board member and advisor to public, private and non-profit  companies for her expertise in developing and implementing strategies, plans and initiatives that align employee engagement and DEI objectives with Mission, Vision, Values and strategic priorities.

Stutts serves on the Board of Zogenix (ZGNX: NASDAQ) and on the Advisory Boards of private companies Wellist, Slone Partners and W2o Group.

Stutts excels at advancing simultaneous leadership and grassroots frontline approaches to maximize inclusion and diversity as key corporate growth levers and brand enhancers.  Her role at Stanford was commissioned by the Board of Directors and she worked directly with the Board and executive committee to curate programs that developed executives and board members capable of leading and growing organizations while transforming to address racial and social injustice and inequity amongst all stakeholders including employees, patients, customers, partners and communities.

At Genentech Stutts led the $5million Diversity in Clinical Trials initiative to increase the representation of people of color and women in clinical trials.  She provided vision, thought leadership and strategic direction for organization-wide efforts to enhance a culture of workplace DEI as Bristol Myers Squibb transformed its business model.  Stutts oversaw the fulfillment of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) DEI  conditions required for approval of the acquisition of NBC Universal for Comcast NBCU’s California Region.

Stutts earned an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communications at the University of Louisiana, a Master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of Southern California and is also a graduate of the Executive Program on Strategy and Organization at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.