Renee Hardman

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources, Broadlawns Medical Center

Renee brings 25+ years of Executive level human resources experience and a passion for diversity, inclusion and supporting efforts to provide housing that is affordable to all who wish to work and live in central Iowa. In 2017 Renee made history when elected as the first African American woman to the West Des Moines City Council.


Before founding Hardman Consulting in 2014, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Bankers Trust, also as a member of the Executive Committee.


Renee has a lengthy list of community service and honors. A select few include Trustee for Des Moines University, Advisory Board member for the Governor and Billie D. Ray Center, Board Member of the Latina Leadership Initiative, 5th Judicial Nomination Commission – Governor Appointee, and past Board Member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Des Moines.


In 2014, she was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame and also received Distinguished Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Alumni Volunteer Award, Connie Wimer Spirit Award, President Obama’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major of Service Award, Women of Influence Award, Best Minority Business Leader Award, and YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award.


Renee attended Drake University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and later obtained a Master in Business Administration.

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