About Connell Insurance
Agents of Change
For nearly 50 years, Connell Insurance, Inc. has been serving the insurance needs of businesses and families in Southwest Missouri.
Over that time, we have seen some change. And if our experience and the ever-evolving economy have taught us one thing, it is that we need to be flexible.
We call it being “liquid.” We change to fit our clients’ needs.
We strive to be Agents of Change, adapting to new market trends and evolving our model as the environment in which we all do business changes.
To be a long-term partner for our clients, it’s essential.
There’s a reason we are one of the fastest-growing insurance agencies in the region. It is because our commitment to our clients goes far deeper than just copying policies and quoting insurance.
We’re in it for the long haul. Our team of consultants and support staff is dedicated to providing our clients with expert advice, quality products and unmatched customer service.
And we’re not afraid of change. Your business needs an insurance partner that can keep up, or better yet stay ahead of your challenges. That’s who we are.
Business Solutions & Talent Strategy Officer
Heather Hardinger is the Business Solutions & Talent Strategy Officer for Connell Insurance, Inc. in Springfield, MO where she will provide high-level, consultative HR, workforce development and talent optimization strategy services. In her role prior to joining Connell, she was the Director of Initiatives for the workforce and economic development arm of CAEL (Council for Adult & Experiential Learning), a Strada Education Network affiliate focused on adult educational and career achievement.
Hardinger brings with her nearly 12 years of experience in workforce and talent attraction, economic development and public policy. She has worked with both government agencies and the nonprofit sector. She spent the last five years as a workforce strategist for the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Taney County Partnership where she specialized in implementing workforce development and talent attraction strategy and served as a community advisor on equity, diversity, and inclusive workplace policies. Hardinger holds a B.A. in International/Multicultural Studies from Evangel University and an M.A. in Public Policy from American Public University.
Heather currently serves as a General Councilwoman on Springfield City Council. She served two terms on the City of Springfield Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations in 2017, was appointed by Governor Parson to the Missouri Census 2020 Complete Count Committee, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the board of directors with Bread for the World, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to advocating for a world without hunger.