Harker chosen for statewide 'Women Making History' honor

Mary Harker, manager of ITD’s Human Resource Services, will find herself among elite company next year when she receives a 2011 Women Making History distinction. She will be honored by the Boise State University’s Women’s Center during special ceremony in March.

As part of the recognition, the Women’s Center will publish the 11th annual insert in the Idaho Statesman, “knowing that women’s achievements are often overlooked or left out of the history books altogether.” A screening committee reviewed all nominations and selected the top 18 women statewide.

Michelle George, senior human resources specialist at ITD, nominated Harker for the award in September. She cited Harker’s support of colleagues, expertise in human resource issues and contributions to ITD management in support of the nomination.

“Mary not only makes extraordinary contributions daily as the Human Resource Services Manager, she willingly shares her gifts, talents, passion, keen eye and experience with others,” George wrote in the application. “Although Mary is not a civil engineer, she consistently shares her talents of ‘building bridges’ with those in and outside of state government.

“In today’s transportation industry environment, mentors and leaders must be capable of working in concert with others to collaborate in creative endeavors, innovate, inspire and contribute without dominating any task. These are the talents Mary possesses that contribute to the environment in which her staff and colleagues can grow.

“Her contributions have given life, breadth and depth to support the message and vision of our organization.”

Text of Michelle George’s nomination

Published 11-12-2010