Kathryn Bardi


Kathryn Bardi is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Chicago office and a member of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practice. She works with clients to build and execute evidence-based strategies, people-centric learning, and culture transformation.


As an expert in applied neuroscience, Kathryn has extensive experience in the leadership and human capital space, having worked with more than 60 client organizations across a variety of industries and sectors. She brings an advanced understanding of human behavior to her client work, helping them develop and deploy evidence-based and people-centered strategies that operationalize science into scalable insights. 

Kathryn’s career spans time at Bain & Company as their inclusion, unconscious bias, and applied neuroscience expert; SVP of leadership and organization advisory at an executive search and advisory firm; and at the NeuroLeadership Institute as a senior neuro analytical research and solutions consultant.

Kathryn has and continues to lecture on her core areas of expertise—decision-making, leadership development, and culture change—in 24 countries and to more than 18,000 leaders.


Columbia University, BS in Neuroscience and Behavior

Philanthropy and Service

Before college, Kathryn spent five years as a professional skier and instructor specializing in adaptive skiing for individuals with cognitive and developmental disorders. She also supported military veterans in partnership with the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. and the Wounded Warrior Project.