Introducing myself and my journal: Visible Impact

Posted June 11, 2013 from United States

About Me:I am a leadership coach with a passion for helping people communicate and understand each other - particularly across cultures. I grew up on a small dairy farm in Vermont (north east US) and our family was a host family to international students. This was my first connection with a wider world than my own and it started me on a path to always be interested in learning more about people around the world.

I have had a very circuitous path in my career, first working in educational exchange programs (the most powerful experiences I had had and I wanted to help others have the same), to leading white water rafting trips, hiking and biking trips in Europe and educational travel trips for non-profits. I came into leadership coaching after business school when I worked at the Institute for Women's Leadership. I worked with a coach as part of the company benefits and I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I hadn't really known the role existed before that.

I then went to a coaching school and started working more with leaders. I had an opportunity to move to India to help leaders there work well with their colleagues in the US and I couldn't pass up the adventure. That role led to many years working in a cross-cultural consulting company helping people communicate better across cultures around the world yet mainly between the US and Asia.

I now have my own business coaching leaders in corporate and non-profit organizations. I love the work that I do and find it so inspiring and humbling to see the way people continue to grow and develop to make a difference in the world.

I love the outdoors, hiking and camping, being in the mountains, spending time with my family (my husband and 3.5 yr old twins Charlie and Ella), being with good friends, having quiet time for reflection and just being.

My Passions:I love the outdoors, hiking and camping, yoga, being in the mountains, spending time with my family (my husband and 3.5 yr old twins Charlie and Ella), being with good friends, having quiet time for reflection and just being.

My Challenges:Finding time to do all I want, saying no to keep myself sane, remembering to take care of myself and not just focus on others

My Vision for the Future:A world where people communicate respectfully of each other and strive to understand each other

My Areas of Expertise:Leadership coaching, cross cultural communication

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Vega Tom
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 11, 2013

Hello and welcome to the World Pulse Online Community. I hope you connect with other visionary women leaders and enjoy exploring the resources and toolkits on this site. We look forward to hearing more from you!


Jun 14, 2013
Jun 14, 2013

It is nice to have you in our very open and inspiring community.

Please make out time to read submissions from other community members, and learn how your voice will be transformed for impact. While I assure you that all the exploring, sharing, learning and networking will be worth the while, I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!

Together we can talk the talk, walk the walk, talk the walk and walk the talk!

Warm regards, Greengirl

Susan K.A.
Jun 14, 2013
Jun 14, 2013

Dear Heather,

Welcome to World Pulse! I know you will find this to be a wonderfully warm, nurturing and encouraging community of women and men. It's such a unique and inspiring platform to share our stories, our challenges, dreams, and feelings. I also find it a "safe" place to find empathy, kindness, and creative solutions to real problems we face in our world today.

I was delighted to read the profile you provided for us. Thank you for giving us such a rich glimpse into your life-experience! It was fascinating to read the unfolding of what brought you to World Pulse: your eventual discovery of your passion for coaching and for doing it on an international scale. What a noble and inspired calling! You will have so much to offer your World Pulse friends/sisters and will surely inspire/be inspired here.

The Getting Started guide is useful in learning how to navigate the website and how to network with others here:

Again, welcome, Heather! I'm looking forward to reading more from you in the days to come. I hope you contribute to your journal.

With love,


Jun 17, 2013
Jun 17, 2013

Hi Susan, Thank you for the warm welcome! Heather

Fatima Waziri - Azi
Aug 13, 2013
Aug 13, 2013

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community. Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!