Heather’s international career in education, cross-culture, and media has spanned 30 years, four continents and multiple fields. After completing an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis on Organizational Development), Heather carried out development work in the Philippines. She then spent 12 years in Japan conducting trainings for academic institutions and international business groups.
Heather is the author of two books that reached Amazon’s top ten in their category, and her articles have appeared in publications ranging from Foreign Policy in Focus to Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung. Her Manhattan-based television interview series has won national awards.
A firm believer in the democratization of knowledge, she is an expert in eLearning. As founder and CEO of the company behind a popular English-skill online platform, she designs a variety of training programs for corporations, governmental institutions, and other entities. Heather and her team also provide consultation on topics connected to organizational development, media outreach, digitalization, intercultural communication, and innovative learning architectures.
Heather is eager to apply modern eLearning and community-building techniques to engage the public about sustainable development.
Sample SDG Project
Heather has initiated and implemented a variety of activities focused on the SDGs. For example:
This three-day United Nations conference in Q1 18 explored actions, potentials, and challenges linked to SDG 5. In the spirit of SDG 17, an intriguing mix of international stakeholders participated.
Best practices were shared and future collaborations formed in this multi-stakeholder forum which integrated media and the business community.
– including young people in the strategic planning and as speakers/panelists
– livestreaming into academic institutions on four continents, thus enabling real-time Q&A
– partnering with a variety of media outlets for scaling
– supporting young people to get articles published for the first time
– providing opportunities for young women to network with decision-makers
Sample SDG 5 Thrive! Activities
Heather discussing the connection between women’s security and the threat of various weapons systems (SDG Target 16.4) at an international conference.
This short film on Diversity was made for European Forum Alpbach by the ORF Academy.