Carmen Gardner currently serves as HESA’s Vice President and as a member of the Executive Board. Carmen is a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) degree candidate, pursuing a degree in Management with a concentration in Organizational Behavior.

Carmen is a Talent Manager from Chicago, Illinois. She supports clients with the strategies that empower them to take control of their lives while helping them find the harmony between the professional and personal dimension. By pairing strategic analysis with deep exploration of clients’ goals, she helps clients develop the clarity and resilience needed to execute change and engineer a more fulfilling life.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, and is a motivational speaker for Harold Washington Community College, a commercial actress, and the First Lady of the SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local. Carmen is an avid world traveler, cook, reader, cineast, and philanthropist.