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Resume for Sharon Hardy

SHARYN E. HARDY, EdD, MBA, PMP

Lowell, MA         978/852-2619     [email protected]

www.linkedin/in/sharynhg

   

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS 

 

Academic Entrepreneur and Professor with expertise in education technology, entrepreneurship, business management, international education, and specialty areas in Finance, Project Management, and Service Learning.  Proven ability to create and deliver new programs, courses, and curriculum and hire, train, and supervise staff. Known for ability to build effective interdisciplinary relationships and software, engage the external community, and transform organizations.

 

EXPERIENCE

                               

EdwiseTech dba intellADAPT, Inc, ed-tech startup focused on adaptive learning               Boston, MA

Vice President of Operations, Business Development, and Marketing                              2015-present

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Co-author company business plan and commercialization strategy for launching products.

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Find and execute strategic partnership opportunities related to content, sales channels, marketing and technology.

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Create and execute marketing, operations, and project plans.

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Direct project funded by NSF to conduct Big Data analytics on student data from Physics course.

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Build product roadmap strategy.

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Lead business development efforts of K-12 and higher education customers, including providing demonstrations and training of instructors.

 

HARDY GALLAGHER ASSOCIATES CONSULTANTS                                                                               Lowell, MA

Managing Director                                                                                                                             2005-present

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Led complex program for a vendor of New York State Education Department to create dashboards and functionality to personalize K-12 education.

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Conduct Financial Management seminars for nonprofits through Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

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Managed creation of portal specific to veterans under a contract with Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

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Designed fundraising programs, including grant writing, for historic building and community playground.

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Reviewed grant applications for the National Science Foundation.

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SCHOOL                                                                                         Cambridge, MA

                Adjunct Instructor                                                                                                                              2015-present

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Develop graduate-level Project Management course aligned with PMI global standards.

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Deliver Project Management course in a blended format of live and asynchronous lectures and communications.

 

CONNECTEDU, INC., provider of K12-workforce software solutions (closed in 2014)                  Boston, MA

                Senior Director, Project Management, Client Services                                                          2012-2014

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Directed complex multi-million dollar projects for collecting and analyzing education-related data.

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Turned around struggling project and the relationship with key client.

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Managed financial and human resource project budgets. Hired and managed vendors for project requirements.

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Created professional development programs and provided direction in using global PMI best practices.

 

NAVITAS USA HOLDINGS                                                                                                                Lowell, MA 

                Executive Director, Navitas at UMass Lowell office.  Navitas is an Australian for-profit public company that entered the US market in 2010 specializing in recruiting and educating international students.    2010-2011         

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Started academic pathway programs for international undergraduate and graduate student in partnership between Navitas and UMass Lowell. 

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Developed courses; hired, trained and supervised faculty and staff.

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Recruited and advised students. Made admissions decisions.   Created and conducted orientation.

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Developed policies and procedures in conjunction with Provost’s office at UML.

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Created marketing plans and literature and web site content.

               

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL, Manning School of Business                                    Lowell, MA 

Visiting and Adjunct Professor                                                      full-time 2001-2005; part-time 1988-current

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Teach finance, MIS, business communication, general management, first year seminar and Honors courses. 

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Directed program to increase community engagement in the Lowell public schools for Vice Provost. 

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Design and deliver undergraduate and graduate courses in on-line, face-to-face, and blended formats.

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Incorporate Service Learning projects into coursework to enhance student learning. 

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Created one master’s degree program and three new seminars in Continuing Studies Department.

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Received highest student ratings for 5 semesters in 2 departments (finance and MIS)

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Served on university-wide committees for Teaching with Technology and Honors Program Council.

 

Boston University Corporate Education                                                                   Chelmsford, MA  2002-2010

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY                                                                                                             Boston, MA   2011-2013

MERRIMACK COLLEGE                                                                                                                  North Andover, MA  2005-2016

                Adjunct Instructor and Consultant

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Developed and taught various courses to graduate and undergraduate students, including international students.

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Designed and delivered undergraduate and graduate courses in on-line, face-to-face, and blended formats.

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Designed new academic programs and created service learning projects. 

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Courses taught: Project Management, MIS, First-Year Experience, various PM seminars aligned with the PMI Project Management Professional certificate program standards.

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Teach Business Communication and Finance for Non-Financial Professionals with my own curriculum. 

 

NAVIPATH, INC., a start-up subsidiary of CMGI (closed in 2001)                                                          Andover, MA       

Director of Product Development for Web and Dial-Up Services                                         2000-2001

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Directed team of 25 program managers and developers in creating and maintaining custom e-commerce products.  Products included registration, billing, self-care, reporting, and data-exchange functionality. 

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Assisted Product Marketing department in defining requirements to improve functionality and increase feature set.

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Recruited staff and designed reorganization plan. Developed training plans for entire staff in division (80) and created/implemented employee recognition and appreciation programs. 

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Prepared presentations to potential investors.

 

COMPAQ COMPUTER CORPORATION                                                                                                        Littleton, MA

                Worldwide Systems Program Manager of Real Estate and Operating Services              1998-2000

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Designed and managed program for the capture, integration and reporting of real estate data worldwide.  Program included 8 applications, including SAP, a data warehouse and PeopleSoft.  Performed Business Analysis, Project and Product Management, Training and Support.

 

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION (acquired by Compaq in 1998)                                                Maynard, MA         

                Program/Product/Project Manager of Real Estate Division                                                   1991-1998

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Managed $1 M annual budget to lead team effort to develop an integrated set of 5 software products, including a data warehouse.  Products enabled the company to drastically lower operating expenses and facilitated merger activities for the Corporation. 

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Re-engineered the business in order to develop data and operating standards, improve productivity and streamline operations. Produced worldwide data standards, procedures and reporting manual. 

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Developed user requirements, approved technical specs, approved screen and report designs, developed test plans, conducted testing, conducted training and compiled documentation.

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Worked with cross-functional teams (HR, IT, Finance) to ensure proper integration of business operations, controls and systems. 

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Recognized with five annual outstanding performance awards (in 10 years).

                Corporate Real Estate Negotiator                                                                                                 1988-1991

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Managed portfolio of approximately 100 leased sites. 

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Trained US Real Estate Administrators in standards, policies and information systems. 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT LOWELL                                                                                      Lowell, MA

Doctor of Education in Leadership in Schooling.  Focus on Higher Education, Finance and MIS.  Dissertation: A Qualitative Research Study of Service Learning in Three Undergraduate Business Courses.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE                                                                                              Newtown Square, PA

Project Management Professional certification (PMP)

 

MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT                                                                                                     Cambridge, MA 

 Master's Degree in Management (MBA), completed 1 semester early.   Finance Concentration.

 

SIMMONS COLLEGE                                                                                                                                        Boston, MA 

Bachelor's Degree, With Distinction, completed in 3 years.  Concentration in Finance and Business Management. 

 

 

 

NONPROFIT, COMMUNITY, BOARD, and PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

FAITH HoME CHARITABLE TRUST: Board Member and Treasurer                                                    2014-present

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Distribute trust income to programs that benefit children in Greater Lowell

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Approve investment strategy for endowment

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Educate board on good governance practices and lead subcommittee to update bylaws

 

Greater Lowell Community Foundation: Philanthropist                                                          1985-present 

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Created several endowments for different purposes on behalf of individuals, schools, and nonprofits

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Create and teach seminars to nonprofits related to financial management

 

Friends of Lowell High School, Inc.: President 2008-2011, Director 2006-2008.              2001-2011

This organization is completely staffed by volunteers to support 3500-student Lowell (public) High School and raising $180,000 for scholarships annually. 

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Led organization through strategic repositioning, board restructuring, and bylaws revision

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Implemented key management initiatives resulting in new membership growth of 400% and higher participation of members in day-to-day operations

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Drove closer relationships with school administrators, parents, and school committee

 

Lowell High School Scholarship CommitteeChairperson                                                 2008-2010 

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Chaired Steering Committee to overhaul process and application 

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Member of selection committee to choose recipients of scholarships

 

Lowell Co-operative Bank:  Board of Directors                                                                             1998-2008 

Clerk of the Corporation; Served on Strategic, Human Resources, Bylaws, and other committees; Chaired Finance and Branch Committees.

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1st woman director in bank’s130-year history

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Led several initiatives to expand product set and improve operations.  Bank grew from $80M to $120M

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Served on CEO and VP Search Committees

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Chaired committee to find merger partner; bank was sold in 2009 and is now known as Sage Bank

 

YMCA of Greater Lowell:       Boards of Directors and Trustees.  President, 1997-1999.    1990-1999 

HR, Bylaws and Fundraising Committees

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1st woman president in organization’s 120-year history

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On Board of Trustees, selected investment manager and designed program to resolve financial crisis

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On Executive Board, served on search committee to hire CEO

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Refinanced balloon payment of mortgage

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Served on strategic planning committee to investigate merging with 2 other Ys

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Co-chaired annual fundraising campaign and served as team leader for 7 years; campaign grew from $70,000 to $120,000

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Drove expansion of before/after school program with locations at specific schools

 

Academy of Business Education, Member                                                                                      2004-present

Project Management Institute, Member                                                                                        2000-present

various community projects:  Lead Organizer                                                                             1994-present 

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Have raised $300,000 to-date mostly via grants for historical restoration and other projects            

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Served on committee to select new superintendent of Lowell Public Schools 2015 (appointed by the School Committee)

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Led parent initiative to improve rigor of middle school math instruction 

 

List of Publications ARE available upon request.