Compiled by Andrea Davis
As the Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary in 2016, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Steve Hardin, HCLA Class of 2003
Family: Wife Judy; sons Zach, Michael and Ty
Career: Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels law firm
Community involvement: Hardin serves as pro bono counsel for Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County and is on the board directors at Janus Development Services, Inc. and the Paul I. Cripe Charitable Foundation. He also is a member of the Board of Elders at Geist Christian Church.
Nice to know: “I gave up golf six years ago, and now I enjoy hiking, camping, triathlons, cycling, and running (and frying turkeys on Thanksgiving!)”
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “Hamilton County is made up of smart, caring, and energetic people doing amazing things all around the county.”
Favorite HCLA activity: “Opening retreat in southern Indiana and karaoke at the local bar that closed at 8 p.m.!”
Most valuable lesson learned through HCLA: “Our county is where it is now, in large part, due to the men and women leaders of years past; and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. The county is going … where it is going due to the vision and strengths of our current leaders.
“The ‘art’ of understanding how the county works includes taking your time to establish relationships with the people involved in all levels of leadership within the county and city structures.”
Last book you read? “No Man Left Behind” by Patrick Morley
Favorite thing to do in Hamilton County: “Enjoy a concert at the Nickel Plate Amphitheatre.”