Ms. LeHardy, a native Houstonian, attended the University of Arkansas on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1982 with a degree in Marketing. Following a seven-year career in professional tennis, Ms. LeHardy joined the George H.W. Bush Administration in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Office of Business Liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce until early 1992. After the transition to the Clinton era, she began her fundraising career with the special events firm, Hayes, Domenici & Nunn and was named the Race Director for the Komen National Race for the Cure®, where she worked with Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore on spreading awareness about breast cancer. This was followed by five years with the American Council of Young Political Leaders as Director of Development.
Ms. LeHardy founded her own company, DL&Co’s in 1999 to produce fundraising and event strategies for non-profits, political organizations and corporations. Under DL&Co.’s direction, the 5k footrace to eradicate breast cancer grew from 12,000 participants in 1993 to its peak of 72,000 participants, making it the largest 5k in the world. DL&Co.’s efforts for non-profit clients resulted in over $75 million raised for good causes.
Ms. LeHardy joined the Foundation for Women’s Cancer in 2011 as its National Race to End Women’s Cancer Director.