Peirce College Professor Wanda Hardy Wins Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award

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Peirce College Professor Wanda Hardy Wins Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, June 30, 2009 - Peirce College Professor Wanda Hardy has received the American Association of University Women's (AAUW) Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award. Established in 1989, the award honors an individual, organization, project or institution for outstanding contributions to equity and education for women and girls.

"We are extremely proud of Professor Hardy," said Dr. Patricia A. Rucker, Senior Vice President, Academic Advancement and Provost. "Her dedication to helping women advance their goals goes beyond the classroom, to the communities that need her most."

The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award includes a $5,000 honorarium and a trophy, as well as paid travel expenses to the AAUW National Convention, which was held on June 27th in St. Louis.

"Wanda Hardy has distinguished herself in the financial sector and is devoted to encouraging others to gain control of their finances and improve their financial well-being and quality of life through financial education, counseling and money management coaching," said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. "AAUW is proud to recognize the achievements of Wanda Hardy and others like her."

Hardy is the founder of CreditWorthyTM, a nonprofit financial education organization that helps people to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve financial success. She started the organization after a successful career in the financial and real estate industries.

"I saw so many people engage in risky financial behavior over the years," she said, referring to the explosion of the credit markets that preceded the housing crisis. "I felt I had to do something to help."

Hardy said she uses the same approach to counseling clients as she does in the classroom.

"It comes back to having goals and understanding the work required to meet them," Hardy said. "I have counseled many people over the years that have big dreams, but lack the confidence to do what is needed to achieve them."

She believes that overcoming fear is the first step in taking control of one's finances, as well as one's career."If you can talk about it, you can set goals, and develop a realistic plan to reach your goals," Hardy said.

Like Hardy's clients, a majority of Peirce students are women. In addition, many of them are entrepreneurs, seeking to start their own businesses.

"Understanding finance is essential, whether you want to be a homeowner, or a business owner, Hardy said. "It's important to give them a foundation so that they can be confident making critical decisions on their own."

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation's leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. It has a nationwide network of nearly 100,000 members, 1,300 branches and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since its founding more than 127 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day - educational, social, economic and political. AAUW's commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships and international connections.

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's business program and the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association. For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472, or visit

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