Perspective • Insight • Business Savvy

Heather Hollick leads a presentation on networking at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke

Hi! I'm Heather — a teacher, writer, and coach on a mission to make the world a better place to work.

I arrived at this place via a rich career path that started with teaching math and physics to high school students and wove its way through a wide variety of companies, cultures, and environments. I've thrived amidst the technological intensity of Silicon Valley and the urban density of London, England. These days I make my home amongst the trees, not far from the lake, in Northern Michigan. (Check out my full CV on my LinkedIn Profile.)

I draw upon a broad range of experiences as a seasoned leader, teacher, coach, and change-agent across multiple disciplines — including IT, HR, consulting, and volunteer organizations; across industries — such as health insurance, high tech, consulting, and the public sector; and spanning such companies as Cisco Systems, United Healthcare, Research in Motion, and the Pensions Department of the British Government.

On a personal level, I have lived amidst — and learned from — a diverse spectrum of cities, cultures, climates, geographies, and socio-economic classes. I have moved 29 times since graduating from college and lived in more than ten distinct regional/cultural areas — from the Bible Belt of the Midwest to the sacred Indian lands of New Mexico; from the pastoral farmlands of Southern Ontario, Canada to the rural backroads of Northern Michigan; from the heart of Silicon Valley to the bustling city-center of London, England. I have lived big, and I have lived small: in apartments renting for more than $5,000 a month to humble dwellings costing a mere $50 a month.

As an INTJ, my interests are broad, often revolving around my fascination with organizational behavior and complex systems. I have a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Regardless of my academic status, I never stop learning.

A Few of My Favorite Things

  • Movie: Benny and Joon
  • Book, Fiction: The Prince of Tides
  • Book, Non-Fiction: Democracy in Chains
  • Musician: Lyle Lovett
  • Food: spaghetti
  • Pastime: reading
  • Cocktail: French 75
  • TV Series: M*A*S*H
Cities & Towns
US States

First Principles

As you browse the pages and posts on this site, here are a few of the beliefs and principles that shape my writing.

  • To be alive is to be growing and evolving: mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and culturally.
  • The purpose of a company is to create jobs. There are more than 8 billion people on the planet. We all need to eat and have a safe place to sleep. Most of us will earn our livelihoods by joining companies.
  • Companies can be vibrant and engaging places to earn a livelihood.
  • Infinite growth on a finite planet is not possible. Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
  • The purpose of an economy is to create the frameworks, policies, and institutions that enable companies of all kinds and sizes to thrive.
  • We are all interconnected. We experience a sense of purpose when we tune into what the universe needs us to be doing in relation to one another.
  • Place matters. Where we live and work is as important as the work that we do.
  • Culture is something that you create deliberately and with intention.
  • One of the keys to happiness is to provide more value than you take in return. This makes us feel valued by the communities in which we serve.
  • No job, company, or even career, can leverage all of the potential that a person has to offer. This is especially true in the second half of our careers. The key is to find a satisfying way to earn a livelihood while finding connection and fulfillment in relationships and other areas of your life.

Values and Personal Assets



Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
President, MBA Association
2001 - 2004

M.S. in Applied Mathematics

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Extra courses in philosophy and computer science
1984 - 1986

B.S. Major in Mathematics, Minor in Physics, Endorsement in Secondary Education

Huntington College, Huntington, Indiana
President, Student Union
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Alpha Chi Honor Society
1978 - 1982

Certifications & Training

Professional Co-Active Coach — The Coaches Training Institute

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator — Step I

Leadership Circle 360º Leadership Profile — The Leadership Circle

Stanford Advanced Project Management — Stanford Center for Professional Development

Flawless Consulting — Designed Learning - Peter Block

Coaching Specialities

Individual contributor through senior leader
Team coaching  |  Early leader transition  |  High-potential leader
Career coaching  |  Returning to work  |  Leaving the organization

Speaking, Facilitation, Coaching

My expertise is in building cohesive leadership teams and helping leaders create vibrant organizations.

Leadership Development

I coach leaders at all levels. I help them get unstuck, step more fully to their roles, see with fresh eyes, and navigate complex organizations. I teach, I listen, I share. I help people identify their strengths and leverage them for all that they're worth.

Team Development

I work with teams to build cohesion and trust, to resolve conflict, and to increase collaboration. I lead strategic planning, facilitate organizational development, and help teams define and build their culture.


I also work one-on-one with individuals to make sense of their careers and find a livelihood that is satisfying. We work on everything from confidence and presence to your LinkedIn profile and interview preparation.