ABOUT HARDEN CONSULTING GROUP

DR. KIMBERLY HARDEN
OWNER & CEO

Ed. D., Concordia University - Portland
M.A., Gonzaga University
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Relationships are vital to our survival, whether it’s student-teacher, employee-manager, or peer-peer. Connections are a crucial element in retention rates, achievement, and promotion. Dr. Kimberly Harden works with organizational leaders and educators to develop, implement, and assess programs that support diversity, equity, and inclusion, systemic change, institutional growth and personal empowerment. As founder and principal of Harden Consulting Group, Kimberly values and is passionate about diversity, justice, leadership, collaboration, care, and transformation.

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Kimberly is a former communications professor and has taught a variety of courses ranging from first year introductory courses to upper division courses both at the community college and university level. Her research focus is on gendered racism and its effects on African American male students and faculty. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from The University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University – Portland. Kimberly has a love-hate relationship with social media and is defenseless against The Cookie from Metropolitan Market.

Kimberly is also the recipient of the 2022 MLK Community, Equity, and Social Justice Award, (Washington State University) 2022 Entity Award, (Commission for Social Justice Education) 2020 Sankofa Award, (Seattle University) and 2016 Women in Action Award. (Highline College)

THE TEAM

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Laura Southard, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is a Human Resources (HR), labor relations and organizational development consultant and training facilitator. Laura focuses on helping organizations build HR programs to align with business and equity outcomes.

 

With more than 14 years of experience, Laura is a seasoned HR professional and big-picture thinker with hands on experience in multiple settings. Laura specializes in working in startups and building out infrastructure to support new projects and initiatives. She is an employee engagement champion focused on building a leadership culture of inclusion and authenticity as the foundation for employee and organizational performance.

 

Laura received her master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from State University. She is also a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHMR-SCP) and is a certified Mediator. Laura is also an adjunct instructor in Human Resource Management at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. 

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Gary Hale, MAML is a diversity, equity, inclusion consultant and a cross-functional program manager. Gary specializes in the start and scale of diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs. He has led DEI and culture change for organizations of up to 15,000 employees in the education, nonprofit, and technology industries.

 

Gary’s knowledge about various DEI conversations covers LGBTQ+ inclusion, racial justice, systemic change, disability advocacy, allyship, multi-generational workforce, gender bias, and employee resource groups. Gary has been nationally recognized by Sojourners magazine for his allyship and LGBTQ+ inclusion efforts. He is a gifted leader with expertise in learning and development, facilitation, and public speaking, and he has extensive experience in scalability.

 

Gary received his master’s degree in Ministry Leadership (emphasis in Entrepreneurship) from Rockbridge Seminary and his bachelor’s degree in Theology (emphasis in Educational Ministry) from Seattle Pacific University. Gary is highly skilled at implementing a holistic strategy for diversity, inclusion, and belonging. He is a high-level strategist who incorporates data and storytelling to drive meaningful culture change.

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Jasmine Barta is a website designer, social media manager, email marketer, and event planner for authors, small businesses, and nonprofits around the world. 

Jasmine began her career as a journalist, graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She's always been a storyteller at heart, with time spent as a reporter for USA TODAY, a part of the Super Bowl's Social Media Command Center, a scriptwriter for news anchors, a newsroom editor, a social media producer, a book publishing marketer. Before venturing out on her own, she worked for news organizations, nonprofits, and boutique agencies.

Jasmine is passionate about helping people and organizations tell their story impactfully. You can find her at www.jasminebarta.com.

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Marc Gleckman is a producer and creative director for a range of corporate productions. Marc specializes in 2D & 3D graphics, with many of his projects focusing on dynamic storytelling. Marc’s creative direction has stretched from live dynamic broadcasting to fully edited documentaries. 

 

Marc has a passion for developing DEI programs, racial justice, LGBTQIA+ advocacy, disability advocacy, and systemic change as a core of his productions. 

 

He graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Communications & Media with an emphasis in production. He continues to mentor students and further develop himself with each project he takes on.

WHAT WE DO

MISSION

We are dedicated to providing organizational leaders with the strategies and tools to create, not only a diverse, but an equitable, inclusive, and transformative work environment that provides ALL staff with a sense of belonging, purpose, and expansion.

VISION

Our vision is to shift leaders' mindset from a traditional diversity and inclusion model and help them evolve and upgrade their thinking, behavior, and organizational culture to one that emphasizes equity, belonging, and culturally competent communication. 

VALUES

Ve value care and innovative responses to social justice.