Global Diversity Inclusion and Belonging Expert
Barbara Williams Hardy is a visionary, connector, catalyst for change and global citizen of the world. She is an award-winning thought leader with a global mindset and is known as a “Go To” leader who develops high-level relationship alliances that foster inclusion, belonging, collaboration and commitment to align diversity strategies with business objectives to accelerate employee engagement, innovation and organizational success. She has served as a change-maker in the technology sector where she implemented diversity programs at both NetApp as the Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and at Oracle as the Managing Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
As a leader, she has also served as an executive sponsor and cultural mentor for the U.S. Department of State TechWomen Initiative, as well as the Vice Chair and Commissioner for the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women Barb was also an Advisory Board Member for the Information Technology Senior Management Forum. Currently, she is serves as a member of the Women Business Collaborative and as a strategic advisor to The WIT Network.
Barbara’s mission is to unlock the untapped brilliance in all of us.
She is a frequent keynote speaker on a variety of leadership topics for corporate leadership summits and organizations including DisruptHR, Better Man Conference, Working Mother Media, Community of Legal Interns, Women in Technology Network, Changemaker Chats, Women of Color STEM Conference and Veteran Women’s Unconference. She is known for the Barb List, her practical application of Principles for Achieving Success and Living an Amazing Life.
Barb has been recognized and honored with numerous awards. Some of those include the Black Enterprise 2019 List of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity and the 2018 WiSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Person of the Year. She was also honored as the Continental Who’s Who Registry of National Business Leaders, the Woman of Outstanding Leadership, International Women’s Leadership, DiversityFirst Award, Women of the Year, Most Powerful Women of the Bay, Women Leading the Way and Technology All Star at the Women of Color STEM Conference.
Barb has also received Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Speaker of the House and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi along with the Cities of San Francisco and Oakland, California.
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