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Karen Dates Dunmore

Daily Record Staff//May 14, 2021

Karen Dates Dunmore

By Daily Record Staff

//May 14, 2021

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Senior Director
University of Maryland Medical Center

How have you had to change your leadership role/style during the past year?

It is hard to always know what people are feeling without being able to read body language and facial expressions through a mask or computer screen. I have made an extra effort to “check in” with my team on a weekly basis and ask more frequently how I can be supportive.

How do you define mentoring and what steps do you take to ensure it is a priority?

Mentoring to me is a lifetime commitment. I have mentors who have known me for most of my adult life, and I mentor people whom I have known for over 10 years. Keeping connected by sending a quick email, text or making a phone call can let people know that you are thinking about them and keeps the connection.

How do you establish a strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion in your organization and how do you use your influential voice to help others understand the importance?

I was fortunate enough to be part of a task force reviewing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in four areas in our organization and recommending definitive steps to impact DEI across the organization. The development of a proactive approach to DEI with benchmarks and tangible outcomes is essential for all organizations to undertake.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.


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