"I've been working with Heather as my coach for 6 months, and have really benefited from her guidance. Heather sees the big picture and the small details. She is both firm and kind, helping me see where I need to be clear and where I need to exercise care. She has been flexible with my tough schedule, and provides a lot of value in a short amount of time."
"Rather than shy away from the hard discussions, Heather knows how to front-load difficult conversations so problems get solved quickly. Quoting Brené Brown, she often reminds that "clear is kind; unclear is unkind." Yet she never lets go of empathy, and even constructive criticism is always given in a careful and collaborative manner, with concern for psychological safety."
"Heather is the consummate professional who excels at driving herself and her team to success. I often sought her advice on challenging staffing, organizational, and cultural issues as did many other senior leaders."
"I've really appreciated having this as both an opportunity to learn and as a framework for collaborating and ideating with the other managers in the cohort. The homework and conversations have driven a lot of collaboration that has made me a lot more confident about being a new manager."
“I'm grateful for the inclusive structure/format that allowed for both written/verbal participation, pre reading, lunch eating, and catching up when I missed sessions.”
"Heather time-and-again proves to be an invaluable business partner."
"I ran a small consulting firm since 2005 which merged into 8th Light in 2019. Heather, as 8th Light's VP of Consulting, supported my transition into the company and has been my manager since. Her direction and mentorship have helped improve my own career in long-lasting ways."
"I've been super impressed with her drive, detail orientation, follow-through with candidates (and on everything) and general fun let's-go-kick-some-ass attitude. :)"
"Her drive to build inclusive workplaces in no way diminishes her focus on business impact and delivering results. She understands how business works, and understands that it works better with a diverse workforce, so she seeks ways to improve “the way it’s always been done” to include more voices, tap into more ideas and produce better work."
"Heather and I have collaborated on so many projects together, from the first ERG at Groupon back in 2012 to conference talks at Grace Hopper. She is a leader in every room she is in, encouraging the hard conversations with grace, considering ideas from all points of view, and modeling how to give and receive feedback. Her unique professional background means she's both an insider and an outsider in every setting, and that perspective makes her extremely empathetic, compassionate, and kind."