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Renee Hardman

2014 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Honoree:  Renee Hardman

"You will not meet a woman more dedicated to the growth and empowerment of women and children in the state of Iowa. Renee has always been willing to break new ground and provide opportunities to those individuals in our community who might not have access or the ability to avail themselves to opportunities to improve their lives. Renee has used her influence through her former employer and her numerous community networks to develop programs which give women and minorities the opportunity to gain meaningful workforce skills." 
Description written by team of nominators in their submission

Renee Hardman

Renee Hardman is owner of Hardman Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm which provides comprehensive HR services to both profit and non-profit organizations. Prior to launching this endeavor, she worked at Bankers Trust for twenty years - primarily as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Before Bankers Trust, she was employed for over seven years for the State of Iowa, working in personnel management. 

Throughout her career, she has been involved in seeing that diversity was the cornerstone of everything she encountered. Her efforts resulted in high impact changes in the areas of talent acquisition, employee development, employee engagement, and community outreach. The changes that occurred under Ms. Hardman’s leadership while working with her team resulted in her prior employer receiving the Partnership’s Diversity Award three times, the NAACP Merit Employer Award on multiple occasions and the Society for Human Resources Management inaugural recipient. 

Ms. Hardman has been dedicated both professionally and personally to improving the lives of women and young people. Through her former employer she developed an impactful partnership with Oakridge Neighborhood Services and co-developed a summer youth program. This program provides summer jobs and educational opportunities for minority youth that have limited access to career choices. This program has become the mainstay of youth employment training programs in the Des Moines metro area. 

Ms. Hardman gives her gifts, time and talent to support non-profit organizations that focus on elevating and empowering girls and young women. She is a Past President of the Chrysalis Foundation. For nine years, she chaired the GEMS (Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully) program which mentors young girls from the age of 14- 16 years of age. She has been a seventeen year volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Des Moines, both as Board member and a Big Sister. She serves on the Board of Character Counts of Iowa and is a committed Board member of Dress for Success. She is an active participant in United Way’s Women Leadership Early Childhood initiatives and volunteers for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. 

Ms. Hardman’s life has been committed to accepting women and youth in the “place that they are at” and uses her life and resources to providing hope, encouragement and opportunity to the “voiceless”. Renee’s life of giving has been an inspiration to many and she is truly a woman who is a role model whose motto is to - “Always reach back and give another person a hand up.”