Heather Younger

 About

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About Heather Younger - Speaker on Diversity, Resilience & Overcoming Adversity:

Heather Younger’s expertise in adversity started early. As the only child from an interracial and interfaith marriage, she was shunned and excluded by extended family. While it left her with a lot of questions growing up, it led her to develop a high level of resilience and a deeply inspired commitment to advocate for the voiceless. Heather is dedicated to creating opportunities for people to learn strategies for reframing their own adversities and stories to lead more productive and joyful lives.

With humor, warmth, and an instant relatability – she helps organizational leaders, teams, and individuals create a laser-focused clarity into what makes them tick. She shows why that’s important while delivering clear and purposeful strategies for embracing change and recognizing the tremendous strength in diversity.

As a champion for positive change in workplaces, communities, and our world at large, Heather inspires others by teaching the kind of intentional leadership that drives real business results such as increased employee engagement, loyalty, collaboration, and connectivity.

The result?

  • Team members feel heard, seen, and valued
  • Companies create safe environments and a culture of trust
  • Diversity and creativity are celebrated
  • Resilience rises
  • Stress falls
  • Productivity goes through the roof
  • Customer retention and referrals soar

Everyone wins – sometimes in ways they didn’t even realize possible

Heather is the founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, an International TEDx speaker on Adversity, Leadership Podcast Host, Business Coach, Facilitator and Attorney, who has earned a reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. She holds a law degree, is a regular contributor to "Forbes" and "LinkedIn" and is the best-selling author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty, which hit the top of the "Forbes Must-Read List for HR Professionals." Her upcoming book, The Art of Caring Leadership, was picked up by Berrett Koehler Publishers and teaches the radical power of caring support in leadership and in the workplace. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, on the boards of Mile High SHRM, National Speakers Association of Colorado, and the American Cancer Society.That’s a lot of accolades and titles – but what is most important to know about Heather is that she brings a breadth of experience, extensive quantitative and qualitative research, and a truly deep passion for advocacy, resilience, human relations, and connection to every audience, every workshop, every consultation.

She’s also a mother of four who, like so many parents and business professionals, gets just how difficult and challenging everything can be – and she’s bringing the solutions and strategies to make change less scary, more manageable, and sometimes – even adventurous!

Ready to create a win-win for your team, organization, and customers? Invite Heather to speak to your next audience.

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 Topics

What Heather Younger Talks About:

Diversity and Inclusion- How to Build a Culture of Belonging
Inclusive leadership that supports diversity starts with surrounding yourself with people willing to deliver uncomfortable feedback. Building a culture of belonging, educating yourself about others’ experiences and challenges, and staying committed for the long haul is essential. Leadership keynote speaker and employee engagement expert Heather R. Younger draws from personal experience growing up shunned by her family because of her race. From a lifetime of living inside that complexity, Heather learned to intimately understand the hurt of ‘not belonging.’ Heather uses her intimate knowledge to inspire leaders to flex their empathy muscles and master the art of active listening to ensure every employee feels valued, respected, and supported. Leaders who actively listen to team members, establish a sense of belonging and inclusion by honoring their employees’ diverse experiences and perspectives. They encourage and support honest conversations in authentic ways. In this corporate practice-changing keynote, your audience will learn:

  • How to harness the power of active listening
  • How to encourage others to speak up and be heard
  • How to treat others with civility, dignity, and fairness
  • How to show up each workday as their most authentic self

Building Resilience: How to Unleash Your Mindset and Overcome Any Challenge
Most successful people in history had to overcome overwhelming obstacles to climb the ladder of success. From Abraham Lincoln to Walt Disney to Oprah Winfrey and leaders of significance all over the world – it’s inspired to see how they navigated rock paths that might have derailed others. What is the secret ingredient to their success? Resilience. Whether they endured abuse, poverty, rejection, hurt, betrayal, trauma, or a combination of adversities, they leaned in, committed, and made conscious, difference-making choices again and again to keep moving forward and become their best selves. In this life-changing message, keynote speaker and adversity expert Heather R. Younger taps into her own personal and professional experiences as well as stories of strength and perseverance to share empowering proven tools for resetting the resilience of every attendee. Your audience will learn how to:

  • Leverage the three top daily steps for strengthening resilience
  • Uncover underlying beliefs that can fuel resistance to change
  • Reframe adversity into opportunities for leadership and growth
  • Develop the kind of core tenacity that can take them through any challenge
  • Unlock and unleash new mindsets that replace fear with a feeling of empowerment, strength, and positive self-worth

Seize the Opportunity: Reimagining a Better Workplace in a Challenging World
Do you feel like your entire workforce has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the havoc unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic? Is your head spinning trying to define paths forward for your organization and employees in a world where change is happening at a seemingly warp speed? In this empowering, interactive, and hope-filled message, keynote speaker and adversity expert Heather R. Younger inspires attendees to reimagine the workplace, their roles, and offers a high-level roadmap for succeeding with more ease. Your audience will learn how to:

  • Use proven psychology to reframe challenges and see opportunities more clearly
  • Feel more confident, empowered, and in control – even in a chaotic world
  • Lean into their inherent resilience and reduce their stress
  • Collaboratively reimagine workspaces and roles to develop win-win processes and an inclusive culture
  • Become better advocates for themselves and others
  • Lead in new, powerful, and sustainable ways
Changing “I Quit!” to “I Fit!” – Five Powerful Strategies to Increase Employee Retention and Create an Amazing Workplace Culture
Frustrated by the lack of engagement in your organization? Constantly battling high employee turnover? Is your employees’ favorite pastime updating their resumes? (Ouch!) In this entertaining and enlightening keynote, leadership keynote speaker and adversity expert Heather R. Younger reveals the underlying actions organizations can take to create a more engaged and loyal workforce — even with budget restraints and a world that feels chaotic and challenging. Attendees will leave more motivated, energized, and eager to collaborate as a team to create a positive, productive, and connected workplace. Your leadership team will learn how to:
  • Successfully navigate their role in employee turnover and loyalty
  • Uncover the main catalyst for employee loyalty (it’s not money)
  • Develop solid capacities to help employees become more adaptable and less fearful
  • Manage change with agility and purpose and help lead others to do the same
  • Best Ensure employees feel safe, heard, seen, empowered, and valued

VIRTUAL TOPIC: Building Resilience in Your Workplace
Heather shows your virtual attendees the significance of creating psychologically safe environments in an uncertain world where people can bring their whole selves and are open to voice ideas that drive innovation.

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 Recent Publications

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Heather's talk to out HR conference was practical and down-to-earth. Her topic was well-received and delivered with easy-going enthusiasm and a sprinkle of humor. Practical and actionable -- you can take it to work on Monday and see results.

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