Mentoring Expert, Leadership Consultant, 3x Author, Keynote Speaker
Organizations such as Kaiser Permanente and Duke Energy cite Ann Tardy with driving organizational strategies with mentoring solutions.
As a former corporate attorney and a current entrepreneur, Ann knows business from every dynamic: financial, legal, customer, leadership, operations, and ethics. She served at two of the largest law firms in Silicon Valley, led over $2 billion of venture-backed financings for her entrepreneurial clients, and headed the legal department of two start-up companies, taking one to acquisition and the other public. Dissatisfied with not being in charge, Ann started her own law firm and successfully launched over 75 entrepreneurs.
To make a more strategic impact, Ann launched her own consulting firm to revolutionize succession planning, mentoring, and the evolution of employees from on-boarding to up-boarding to de-boarding. As a result of her passion and commitment for the potential of people, Ann has elevated the effectiveness and impact of mentoring in companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric, Hitachi Data Systems, and Southern California Edison.
Upon graduating with an accounting degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ann passed the CPA exam. She then graduated with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law and passed the Bar exams in Illinois and California.
She was honored as an Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association and honored with the Vanguard Award from The McGraw-Hill Companies for her contributions to their employees.
In 2012, Ann founded of The Mentoring Council (www.mentoringcouncil.com), connecting mentoring enthusiasts who share resources and best practices. In addition she served for five years as the volunteer Director of the Entrepreneurial Education program at a middle school, training 12-year-olds how to start and run businesses through a community-based mentoring program.
In summer 2011, Ann cycled 4,200 miles from San Francisco to New Jersey in The Moxie Ride, to film the documentary, Work Matters, capturing what people love about their jobs and how bosses influence their success. In 2012, she cycled The Moxie Ride 2, this time from Key West, Florida, to Bar Harbor, Maine, to collect research for her upcoming book, Joy is a Leader’s Job.