Akilah W. Darden wins Community Impact Mira Award

Akilah W. Darden, Founder and President, The Darden Group – Community Impact Award (Individual) The architectural engineer and business leader has accomplished on the construction jobsite what few, if any, others have: 100% diverse participation. Darden artfully leveraged technology to disrupt the industry and augment opportunities for under-represented groups.   Read the full article on […]

Business Equity for Indy

Turning No into a Yes of Endless Opportunities Hearing no wasn’t something new for me, but how I responded to that feedback changed my life and career, creating a catalyst for change and possibilities. “Don’t listen to those who say YOU CAN’T. Listen to the voice inside yourself that says, I CAN.” – Shirley Chisholm Growing […]

Opportunities Abound in Indiana—Take a Look!

The mindset of exceptionality is intentional. That doesn’t mean waking up every day, looking in the mirror, and calling yourself exceptional. Instead, it means looking outside yourself for chances to advance your mission and vision. When that work is your pursuit of happiness, it also allows happiness to spread to others.

Effective Tools for a Successful Contractor

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Akilah Darden, President and Founder of The Darden Group LLC, created her course Effective Tools for a Successful Contractor as the ultimate toolkit for construction project management.

Why I Chose a Career in Construction

In 2017, the United States construction workforce was only 9% women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And of that 9%, only 6% were Black women. I share these numbers with you to say, I didn’t go into construction because it was full of peers who looked like me. Because if these numbers sound […]

Is Construction Still a Thing?

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Article examining the construction industry in 2021 including the growth of construction jobs and the need for construction trades in Indiana.

Meet the Legacy

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We are building a legacy here at The Darden Group, LLC. Building a legacy for my children and their children and for generations to come. “We’ve got a responsibility to live up to the legacy of those who came before us by doing all that we can to help those who come after us” – […]

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