Kurt M. HardyDean's Advisory Board Memberhe/him/his

I am a proud UW–Madison graduate and have spent my career leading the selling, marketing, and international operations of some of the most recognized premium consumer brands in the world. Following the motto, “I’m not afraid of what could be” I’ve gained deep practical experience in both the consumer and industrial market space, business transformation, change management, strategy development and execution, brand development and management, innovation, and business integration. The latter is the result of having led a myriad brand and business acquisitions and integrations both domestically and internationally. During my career my family and I experienced life outside of the U.S. as expats in Australia.

Why do you care about Human Ecology?

As a global citizen I am keenly interested in how the decisions we make at a local level can impact the world as a whole. The interconnectivity of the global ecosystem is ever evolving, requiring nuance, cultural sensitivity, innovation, and strategic thinking. The School of Human Ecology is truly a world class organization working deliberately and tirelessly to foster the development of our next generation of global thought leaders and doers with the goal of understanding and improving the human condition.

What excites you about your role as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board?

I have great respect and admiration for Dean Shim’s leadership and the vision of the school, “To rise in local and global prominence always keeping the Wisconsin idea front and center.” Having the opportunity to connect and be part of a committed and motivated group energizes me and I am excited to contribute in any way I can to further the vision and mission of the school.

Bald white man smiling, wearing a dark navy blue suit with a white pocket square, standing in front of a lush green hedge.


  • Board Member and Chair of Marketing Committee, Workforce Development Board of Lake County Illinois
  • Member, The Global Chamber


  • BA, Economics and International Relations '88, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Social media: