Hermene Hartman is one of the most significant and influential Black women in American publishing. She serves as President and CEO of the Chicago-based Hartman Publishing Group, Inc. Her weekly column, Publisher’s Page, provides social commentary on hot topics of the day. Her radio program, VIEWS OF THE HEART, appears on Clear Channel station, WVAZ daily at 9:15 and 2:15.
N'DIGO, was founded in 1989, has the largest African American newspaper circulation in the nation and the largest alternative newspaper circulation in Chicago. N’DIGO is a weekly lifestyle publication for progressive readers. In 1995, N'DIGO PROFILES was established as a special annual publication, with a targeted insert in the Chicago Tribune and Crain's Chicago Business Magazine.
Ms. Hartman is founder and president of N'DIGO Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which began in 1995. It sponsors an annual Black Tie Gala, for the sole purpose of raising funds for educational pursuits.
From 2004 – 2007 Ms. Hartman served as president of the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (ABLE), a business group, dedicated to entrepreneurial pursuits, with 70 members with collective revenues of nearly one billion dollars. She is the only woman to have served as President of the organization and the only President to have serve two terms.
Ms. Hartman received an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, a M.A. degree in sociology an MPH with Honors from Roosevelt University and a B.F.A. from Roosevelt University. She has received more than 200 awards for outstanding achievement in media, business, community services, education, and communication.
Prior to a publishing career, Hartman was Vice Chancellor of External Affairs at City Colleges of Chicago and a Social Science Professor.