Kara D. Beverly
Equity Compliance Investigator
Office of Institutional Equity
Johns Hopkins University
Employment attorney Kara D. Beverly has helped clients create work environments where employees can thrive and be productive. At Johns Hopkins University, she uses that experience to investigate reports of employment and sexual misconduct.
Beverly is proudest of her work designing training aimed at preventing discrimination and harassment in the university, and has spent the last two years developing her office’s workshop for the university’s annual Diversity Leadership Conference. She said this workshop and others she has performed provide the legal context for policies preventing sexual misconduct and offer a safe and productive space to discuss the issues.
“One of the primary ways to combat sexual misconduct, particularly on college campuses and in the workplace, is to build awareness about the issues through open and honest dialogue,” she said. “My achievements in the workplace have involved creating spaces where students, faculty and staff members can have those conversations, understand expectations, and, when needed, adjust problematic behaviors.”
Beverly is active in leadership in community organizations that help women and children, including the Women’s Housing Coalition, the Junior League of Baltimore, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority — Psi Phi Omega Chapter in east Baltimore. She is also a volunteer with the Employment Law Hotline at the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and is on the Young Hearts board of the American Heart Association in Maryland.
“It is a privilege to work as a leader in dynamic organizations that seek to improve the lives of women and families in Baltimore City,” she said.
Beverly said she’s learned to grow as a person by pushing herself outside her comfort zone.
“I don’t shy away from opportunities to do something I’ve never tried before, such as handle a more complex matter, present in front of larger crowds, advise more senior stakeholders, operate in tighter deadlines or take on greater responsibilities,” she said. “I’ve found that it’s in those moments of discomfort that I’ve grown the most as an attorney and a leader.”