Author, global Wall Street executive, and philanthropist, Roderick Hardamon, has achieved a level of success well beyond his years. His first book, Trying to Get There: Navigating Your Success is an inspiring “one-on-one” discussion told from the perspective of this young, talented, financial services executive who reached the upper echelon of Wall Street in just 10 years. Reflecting his urban background juxtaposed against Hardamon’s refined global perspective, Trying To Get There is a roadmap for all who are on the journey to success.
Currently, Hardamon is a Managing Director at a leading financial services firm. He has had a unique career ranging from running growth businesses in the Alternative Investment space to leading strategic Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) teams. With a global focus, Hardamon has executed deals in excess of $5 billion in over a dozen countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, South Korea, China and India. He began his career in the M&A Group of Salomon Brothers in New York.
As part of his mentoring efforts, Hardamon has co-founded leadership programs designed to identify high performing diverse professionals and prepares them to become successful senior professionals. He has also served on key Diversity Operating Committees, Investment Banking Analyst and Summer Analyst Steering Committees and a Global Training Taskforce. In addition, he has lead the recruiting efforts for talented individuals at Morehouse College, Spelman College, Howard University and Hampton University.
Because of his sincere interest in service and dedication to excellence, Hardamon actively serves on a variety of civic boards of several non profits including: Millennium Dance Company (Board Chair); The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP); the New York Leadership Council for UNCF; and as a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for Morehouse College and a member of the college's Renaissance commission. A proud Detroit native, he volunteers considerably in his hometown including volunteering with a local Cub Scout Pack and coaching the Academic Games Team at Bates Academy for which he was honored with the Robert Allen Award for Distinguished Service by the Michigan League of Academic Games.
As an in demand distinguished speaker, Roderick has been a visiting speaker and panelist at Harvard Business School, Morehouse College, Howard University, Columbia Business School, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the New York Urban League, the Urban Financial Services Coalition and numerous other institutions and civic organizations. He has been honored as one of The Network Journal's 40 Under Forty and as one of the YMCA's Achievers in Industry.
Hardamon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College with Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting & Philosophy. He is joined in life by his wife Kaili Hardamon and their children Roderick Jr. (RJ) and Ella Monroe.