Reflecting its renewed commitment to fostering a strong, values-driven company culture, experience design firm HUSH has welcomed dynamic human resources professional Karl Stewart as their new Talent and People Manager.
Bringing expertise from across the technology, healthcare, media, design and hospitality industries, Stewart will aid HUSH in underlining a clear vision of the organization’s future amid an era of rapid change.
Stewart worked previously for exhibition and media design firm Local Projects, and as the Human Resources Manager for digital healthcare SaaS pioneer Noteworth, serving as a consultant to leadership in implementing processes such as recruiting, onboarding, culture stewardship, training and performance support. He has also worked for online luxury goods and jewelry auction house Worthy.com, WarnerMedia, and ViacomCBS to redesign and lead new employee orientation and other seminars to build core skills for employees.
Over his career, Stewart’s work has consistently placed great importance on treating human differences as assets and resources within an organization. He will draw on this experience to create a measurable action plan for the health, resilience and forward trajectory of HUSH internally. He will also join their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion task force, helping to effectively catalyze the team, and support the firm’s role in the design industry during a time of social unrest. A key HUSH goal is to effectively build and deeply value a diverse workforce.
“What makes HUSH’s work spectacular is that we take what we know to be true, and uniquely, dynamically bring that to the most interesting organizations in the world to help them tell powerful, inspiring stories. We need to ensure that we are also doing that internally, in order to also deliver it to our clients,” Stewart explains. “In my work, I’ve found that a good way to look at ‘difference’ is to think of it as conflict. We can choose to look at conflict through a lens of fear, but what I find interesting is actually leaning into it and changing the frame. What if we lean into conflict to create that which is magnificently greater than our sum?”
Stewart continues, “I want my work to help us celebrate our differences. HUSH’s success is built on how well we synergize divergent opinions then layer those into expansive, brilliant, mind-shifting physical space experiences. I’m helping us to make our daily meetings, workplace and processes inclusive of various opinions, experiences, and all the other top-of-mind ways that people bring difference to work. We can become a model internally of what we want to see in the world externally, and become a magnet attracting other great folks who believe in seeing synergy in the same way.”
HUSH Founding Partner David Schwarz shares Stewart’s enthusiasm, adding, “It’s been said a thousand times, but businesses are about people. Our people are what creates value for our clients and the world. 2020 proved that health and safety are paramount, and authentically making systemic changes in the company’s organization, culture and direction will fast-track us towards becoming the company we want to be. Black Lives Matter, social and political unrest, and the ongoing mental health and wellbeing challenges showed us that we need to be far more transparent and diverse in our approaches. But, getting there requires real expertise. Karl’s track record demonstrates his unwavering dedication to these ideals, and we’re so excited to have him join us as we co-create the next evolution of the company.”
HUSH is an experience design firm.
Our mission is to design experiences for the most dynamic organizations in the world.
We leverage creative technology to help our clients communicate their mission, stories, products and services. What we design is both beautiful and functional, and has an impact on the spaces people work, invest, explore and learn.