From 2004 to 2010, Gardner held a number of leadership roles at J.Crew and ultimately served as president, completing the company’s initial public offering and helping to grow its revenues by approximately $1 billion. She also spent more than 11 years in several omni-channel leadership roles across Gap Inc.’s portfolio of purpose-led brands.
Gardner currently serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including Crocs, Gap Inc., and Win NYC, the largest homeless shelter for women and their children in New York City. With a passion for mentoring and developing future leaders, she also serves on the board for the Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund, which provides scholarships for underprivileged students, and the early-stage start-up Fair Harbor, which produces sustainable swimwear from ocean plastic. In addition, she supports annual internship scholarships in the College's Walter Center for Career Achievement.
Gardner now splits her time between board work, advising enterprise start-up companies across both public and private sectors, and serving as a guest visiting professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she developed a fashion business entrepreneur class.