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2016 Young Memphian: Whitney Hardy

The following is a feature in the Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Click here to view the issue in its entirety.

In conversations with this year’s Young Memphis honorees, the word “passion” comes up frequently. It’s something they all have in common, despite their diverse backgrounds, industries and interests.
The Young Memphians featured on the pages that follow are all passionate about making a difference – in their career fields, in their communities and, most notably, in the futures of the generations to follow them.
They all speak of their love for the city, their desire to help make positive changes, their hopes for a stronger, more united community and their beliefs that even the smallest gesture of goodwill can have a powerful impact on the lives of many.
While each one of them is striving to be highly successful at his or her career, they’re also each going the extra mile to use that success to make Memphis a better place.
So throw away everything you may have read about Millennials being uninvolved residents who want to obtain as much as possible by doing as little as possible and get ready to be inspired. These young professionals are only a few of the many dedicated young Memphians out there who have their eye on a brighter tomorrow.
Memphis, meet your future leaders.

Whitney Hardy
Controller, Chism Hardy Investments
Like most of the other Young Memphians in this issue, Whitney Hardy’s accomplishments could fill pages.
Among them, Hardy founded the group Young Arts Patrons (YAP), which aims to create a more inclusive local arts community through its network of young arts patrons and emerging artists.
“I kept hearing everyone talking about retaining talent, and I knew that a key to doing that is to really highlight the capabilities of our demographic,” Hardy said. “So YAP is a big chance for that group of young innovators, thinkers and creators to network, develop and, most importantly, invest in the community.”
She also started, the city’s only all-LGBT resource, and the accompanying Meetup social group LesBiFriends, which now has just over 100 members. Hardy saw the need while searching for similar social outlets after moving back to Memphis from Atlanta in 2014.
“It’s just a nice way to have a home, because a lot of people in the LGBT community here don’t have that sense of family,” she said.
As a New Memphis Institute Embark Graduate, Hardy also is on the New Memphis Institute Alumni Board Committee. She’s a SoundCheck member, in the Outer Circle committee. She’s also a volunteer with Young Adult Le Bonheur Leaders and on the board of directors for the new Memphis Delta Preparatory Charter School in South Memphis, opening this fall. And she recently became a member of the Artist Advisory Council with ArtsMemphis.

Story by: Erinn Figg
Photo by: Troy Glasgow

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