(formerly Joan G. Wilmer)
Initiated: Delta Epsilon Chapter, Norfolk State University, March 1996, Mid-Atlantic Region
Profession: Human Resources Executive (Profit and Non-Profit) and Entrepreneur
Ms. Wilmer-Stewart is currently Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), and prior has worked with global organizations such as Caesars Entertainment, American Red Cross, Toyota, and Citigroup in executive roles such as Vice President of Human Resources, Regional Human Resources Executive, Global Manager for HR Leadership Development, Organizational Learning and Development Manager, and International HR Project Manager. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Norfolk State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Texas.
Ms. Wilmer-Stewart’s professional and civic affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management, National Black MBA Association, The Links, Incorporated, Girl Scouts of America, Urban League, and she is a Board Member for the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame and The Norfolk State University Foundation, Incorporated. She has been recognized for her leadership efforts on several platforms, including Toyota’s “President’s Award,” Citigroup’s “Circle of Leadership Award,” Ebony Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30 Leaders,” Diversity, Inc. Magazine, Baltimore Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40” Leaders, Black Enterprise Magazine’s “On the Move,” and a host of other awards. Under the parent company, Wilmer Stewart Enterprises, Ms. Wilmer-Stewart (owner) provides HR Consulting services to small and mid-size businesses via the firm Reinvention; and, delivers interior design, landscapes, and home staging services for clients on a budget through Studio 920.
Ms. Wilmer-Stewart is a dedicated and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Incorporated, having been initiated in the Delta Epsilon chapter at Norfolk State University in 1996. She is the chartering president of Psi Phi Omega Chapter. In addition to holding several leadership positions at the chapter level, Ms. Wilmer-Stewart has served on the International Human Resources Committee, International AKA Legacy Fund and Corporate Support Committee, Chairman of the 2012 Boule Resolutions Committee, North Atlantic Region representative to the International Standards Committee, and Chairman of the 2014 Boule Resolutions Committee. At the regional level, she served as Co-Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Chairman of the North Atlantic Region Standard Operating Procedures Committee, Chairman of the North Atlantic Regional Conference Rules Committee, Co-Chairman of the North Atlantic Regional Conference Non-Sorors Activity Committee, Steering Committee Member – Metropolitan Founders’ Day Celebration (North Atlantic Region and Mid-Atlantic Region collaboration) and has held a host of other leadership roles in support of various conferences. She has also served as a workshop presenter at multiple Undergraduate Round-Up, Cluster, Regional and International conferences for the sorority, and has received multiple chapter recognition awards in both the North Atlantic Region and Mid-Atlantic Region. She is regarded by many of her fellow sisters as a powerful leader, a loving and giving sister, and a strong community advocate who has a passion for serving others and a drive for excellence.