Dr. Marc Hardy, is the Director of Nonprofit Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the Ph.D. program in Philanthropic Studies at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and has taught nonprofit leadership and management at IU and Butler University. In 2006 he was voted the “Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year” at the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. He was also formerly the Associate Director of the Institute for Research and Scholarship at Butler University where, over a three-year period, he helped triple the grant revenues for research and programs. He has led several nonprofit organizations and was once the Executive Director of a private operating foundation, the Fourth Freedom Forum, in Goshen, Indiana, which is now the foremost think-tank in the country on the subject of peace through international trade incentives and economic sanctions. Marc has served as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including a term as President of the National Speakers Association of Indiana.
An actor, director and playwright, he is the Past President of the Indiana Theatre Association. He is co-author of two books, “Only the Best on Customer Service,” and “Only the Best on Leadership” as well as several articles on management and leadership. Voted one of the top three speakers in the country during the “World Championship of Public Speaking,” he has spoken to more than four hundred groups in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. With his wife, Marcia, they produce and co-host television show titled “Sharing Fire™.”
Marcia Hardy, Director of Administration
Marcia Hardy is the Director of Administration for “Sharing Fire™,” and is an exemplar of the kind of person who practices “Personal Encourgement Philanthropy™” everyday of her life. She has extensive client service experience which includes several years in the medical and retail fields. As a result of a 2006 a client survey at Health Partners Medical Group, she was selected to receive the organization’s highest employee award,the 2006 Certificate Of Excellence. The award recognized her commitment to respect for life, fidelity to the organizations mission, compassionate care and concern for others, joyful service and excellence in customer service and patient relations. Marcia brings this same commitment to the mission of “Sharing Fire,” as she helps fulfill the expectations of our clients, bureaus and meeting attendees.
In addition to being the administrative backbone of “Sharing Fire,” Marcia also has an inspiring personal journey that she often shares with others to encourage them in their own struggles and is developing a program that educates others about the prevention of physical, psychological and emotional abuse and the need to stop the violence against women. She has created a Facebook page titled “Sharing Fire for Women.”