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Dr. Marc Hardy, former Director of Nonprofit Certificate Education at the University of Notre Dame, shares insights on how to make the transition from educator to leader through a transformational approach to leadership.

What is Transformational Leadership?
It’s a leadership style focused on inspiring and motivating others to create change that will grow and shape the future.

Dr. Hardy will cover:

  • How you can make the transition from educator to leader
  • Characteristics of transformational leaders
  • How to inspire and motivate the people around you to drive positive change


Dr. Marc Hardy retired from the University of Notre Dame in 2020 and is the former Director of Nonprofit Certificate Education at Mendoza College of Business. In addition, he was an Associate Teaching Professor in the Management and Organization Department at the Mendoza College of Business, and a Faculty Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Global Development in the Keough School of Global Affairs.

He holds a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. His doctoral research was on the early history of community foundations and he has taught nonprofit leadership and management at Indiana University, Butler University, and the University of Notre Dame. In 2007, he was voted the “Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year” at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Indianapolis. He has also created 6 online certificate courses in nonprofit leadership and management.

He has led several nonprofit organizations and was the Executive Director of a private family operating foundation, the Fourth Freedom Forum, for seven years. He has served on grant proposal committees for the Kelly Cares Foundation and the Indiana Arts Council. Marc has served as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including a term as President of the National Speakers Association of Indiana and Past President of the Indiana Theatre Association. Dr. Hardy presents programs on leadership, public speaking strategic planning, board development, and grant proposal writing through his consulting company