Rita Hardiman Ed.D
Rita is a coach who is especially passionate about helping women overcome self-limiting attitudes and behaviors while effectively navigating the external barriers that still block women’s personal and professional fulfillment. She has an extraordinary ability to challenge others in a patient, caring way and is a compassionate listener. She is a big picture thinker who integrates career and life stage development models into her coaching sessions, and helps clients move from big picture to practical action steps.
Rita has a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a focus on psychological education, particularly social identity, the interaction of the self with social roles and bias based on prescribed social status. Rita brings her extensive behavioral science knowledge working as a consultant and coach to major corporations, universities and large non-profit organizations. As part of her consulting practice she has facilitated numerous corporate retreats and conferences for internal teams, networks and affinity groups. She coaches women and men in executive leadership, and middle management positions. Rita also works with recent college graduates and young professionals in making a successful transition from school to career.
Rita has successfully navigated several life transitions. Among these are an early career as a faculty member, teaching at Antioch University and the University of Massachusetts, then founding a successful business. More recently she served in a senior leadership position in higher education while maintaining a part-time consulting practice. While working full time she also raised a family and cared for elderly relatives. She is a member of the OD Network and Society for Human Resources Management
“Rita is extraordinary. She has an innate ability to recognize a person’s strengths and, through thoughtful conversation and reflection, enable her clients to carve out a professional career plan that reflects their passion for the world around them and long-term goals for success.“
“Rita helped me to gain and maintain perspective and confidence throughout the process of moving on with my job search and getting clear about where and how I wanted to apply my knowledge and skills.”
“The benefit of having discussions with Rita was to remind myself that I am qualified, there is no “perfect” job, and that it is okay to change jobs.”