Nov 21, 2017
Carol Hardison saves lives. She is president and CEO of
Crisis Assistance Ministry, a non-profit organization that provides
assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping
them move toward self-sufficiency. She has received many
awards for her leadership and work against poverty and on behalf of
economic justice, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Keeper of
the Dream Award, the Charlotte Woman of the Year Award, and the
Leadership Charlotte Schley Lyons Award. Before joining Crisis
Assistance Ministry, Carol worked at Duke Energy Corporation as a
manager and strategic consultant in Information Technology. Carol
earned a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Furman
This episode is perfect for
anyone interested in social justice work and making a positive
difference in the lives of the economically disadvantaged and the
fight against poverty.
IN THIS EPISODE
Carol explains what Crisis Assistance Ministry
does and who it serves.
- She answers
whether Crisis Assistance is in fact a ministry
and what she is seeing among those in financial crisis in the
- She shares her understanding of why there is a divide
between the haves and have-nots.
- She discusses who is showing up at Crisis
Assistance and how their needs present.
- Carol talks about whether the poor will always be with
us and what everyone deserves.
- She describes how things are different today than when
she took the job, how she has 'failed' and the current
threat the community is facing.
- She shares what she would do at Crisis Assistance
Ministry if resources were not an issue.
- She addresses the link between 'saviors and
victims,' not perpetuating dependency, and the challenge
of donor demands.
- Carol reveals where her passion for her work comes from,
growing up in Tallahassee, and the influence of her parents
in her life.
- She talks about who she wanted to be and the
role community college played in her education.
- She answers what kept her at Duke Energy for 18 years,
the moment she decided to leave, and the trade-off
of moving from the private to the non-profit world.
- She discusses whether there is a third act for
her after Crisis Assistance and whether she would
take an executive position elsewhere.
- She talks about how she sees her strengths in a
changing world, how she enjoys good laughs every day, and
why she keeps the culture light at work.
- Carol shares what songs she plays loud and what matters
to her most in her life.
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