Gardner said during a panel discussion on the â€œKeeping Americaâ€™s Promiseâ€ program that veterans are great team players and contribute to companies through their problem-solving skills.
â€œThey are obviously up for a challenge,â€ she added.
Gardner, also leader of IBMâ€™s Public Service Eminence Academy, helped establishÂ the Former Government Executives Council at the IBM Center for the Business of Government.
She joined the company in 2002 and held senior leadership roles since then such as VP for U.S. federal health care industry, global innovation officer for public sector and VP of social services.
Prior to IBM, Gardner worked as a partner and senior consultant at PwC for seven years.
Keeping Americaâ€™s Promise is a town hall meeting-like program that aims to identify resources that could help retired service personnel enter the workforce and is co-produced by syndicated television show Hiring America and nonprofit organization WorkingNation.