the founder

Tanya Stewart Blackmon is the President and Founder of Auspen Consulting. A nationally recognized DEI executive, she was named to Modern Healthcare’s 2021 honor roll “Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare.” Tanya was President of two leading hospitals and continues to serve as a trusted advisor to leadership teams and organizations committed to building robust cultures, delivering sustained performance improvement and growing revenue. 


As a systems thinker and strategic innovator, Tanya leverages experience gained through social work and CEO-equivalent roles. She is particularly skilled at helping organizations navigate complex business challenges and change, including mergers and acquisitions. She also is a certified coach to senior executives and serves on boards of several organizations.

Before launching Auspen Consulting, Tanya was Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Officer at a large, integrated health system where she operationalized the organization's core value of DEI that impacted 37K employees across 16 hospitals and physician groups. She helped the organization achieve significant market share growth among the fastest-growing populations, earning a multi-million financial gain per year. Tanya also improved NPS by 4% in five years as provider of choice across all customer populations. Additionally, Tanya co-founded and led the Leveraging Internal Female Talent (LIFT) program to develop high-potential leaders, with 45% of participants advancing to higher-level roles.

Tanya has a Master of Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte, a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science, Social Services from North Carolina A&T State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has earned a Diversity and Intercultural Competence Certification from Wake Forest University. She is also a Certified Professional Coach, Academy of Creative Coaching. Tanya is the recipient of multiple awards, including most recently Queens University of Charlotte, “Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year Award" (2021) and "Charlotte Woman of the Year Award" (2020.)