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Ida B. Harding

Los Angeles, California, USA
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Ida B. Harding, PMP
is a BOD Member and Director of Volunteer Management for Wells Bring Hope, an organization which drills wells in Niger, West Africa.  A Project Management Professional, Ida is a graduate of the PMI Leadership Master Class and has presented at several PMI Leadership Meetings.  She has been an active PMI member at global levels as well as the chapter level since she joined PMI in 1993.

At the global PMI level, she served on the BOD for the Education Foundation.  She also served on numerous PMI committees, including PMI BOD Nominations Committee, Professional Awards Member Advisory Group, Component Services Member Advisory Group, the Project of the Year selection team, and BOD of Association for Chapter Presidents (ACP), among others.  During her term on the ACP, Ida headed the Component Mentor Program and coordinated the 15 mentors across the globe for several years.  Since 2011, she has served on the planning committee for the SPA for the Mind, an annual meeting of graduates of the Leadership Institute program. Recently, she became involved in the PMI Global Accreditation Committee to do onsite university evaluations.

At a local level Ida has been an active PMI- LA Chapter member, serving twice as President, and won the “PMI Chapter President of the Year” award for both terms.  Before and after her presidency, Ida served in virtually every other chapter BOD role. She served as Trustee 2001-2019. In addition to her PMI volunteer work, Ida has also played active roles in several other volunteer organizations including Cancer Support Community, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Toastmasters, Venice Family Clinic, and California Special Olympics Games.

Now retired from paid employment, Ida’s first career was in higher education in Wisconsin. She taught courses in how to teach reading and how to diagnose and remediate reading problems. Later she worked as Assistant Dean of Students, managing the academic advising program.  In an effort to move away from academia, she got her MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Recruited there by IBM, Ida spent ten years working in project management and marketing for IBM and later in contract and procurement management for Federal Defense projects for a small family owned corporation.  In addition to her MBA, Ida has degrees in English Linguistics/Literature and Higher Education (M.A. and ab for Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin), as well as Elementary Education (B.S. at Georgia State University).

Ida can be contacted at The website for her organization is

Profile created 7 March 2020

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