Peggy Hardek: Board Member with a Vision

Peggy Hardek joined the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois Board of Directors in 2017.  She is a longtime Chicago resident, where she lives with her three children.  Prior to her work on the board, Peggy graduated with high honors from the University of Notre Dame.  She then went on to receive her CPA license and become a partner at PwC, a risk assurance company.  Her experience with PwC spans over more than three decades where, among her many duties, she has delivered programs for internal auditing to multinational companies and assessed risk management on an industry wide scale.

Peggy says she is excited about bringing vision and mission of the Red Cross “to the next generation” and says that she values the Red Cross for the “breadth and scope of their mission and what they represent.”

Peggy is particularly impressed with the humanitarian efforts made by the Red Cross every single day.  Their national and international response to hurricanes, fires, and flooding are just a few of the ways that the organization lends a helping hand to humanity.  The American Red Cross has also provided or committed to provide nearly 3 million dollars for relief work in Syria and neighboring countries and over 1 million dollars in aid to migrants in Europe.

She also recently uncovered a more personal connection to the Red Cross.  After sorting through some of her mother’s belongings following her passing, she found out that her mom was a part of the Junior Red Cross.  Peggy now carries that knowledge in her heart, and it motivates her to use her service to the organization as a way to honor her mother. Peggy was a co-chair along with Jamie Wildman of the 2019 Heroes Breakfast.

For all of her commitment and drive in serving the Red Cross, we would like to thank this outstanding board member!

If you’re considering volunteering, you can learn more and browse open positions here.

Written by Red Cross Communications Volunteer Vicky Arias

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