“A dynamic and engaging speaker with an inspiring story.”

As a sought-after keynote speaker, Heather R. Younger is on a mission to equip leaders with the skills they need to tap into their employees’ passion and potential and identify issues before they become a problem.

Through her motivational keynote talks and virtual and in-person workshops and presentations, she works to inspire audiences to embody caring leadership by crafting cultures of listening where everyone feels seen, heard, and valued – leading to increased employee engagement, loyalty, and productivity.

Through her qualitative research combing through 25,000 employee engagement survey comments (and counting) and her time spent facilitating 100+ employee focus groups, Heather R. Younger has earned her reputation as The Employee Whisperer™. She takes her role as advocate to heart and it shows in her speaking, writing, training, and coaching.

You have more influence and control than you think over what impact you can have inside your workplace. – Heather R. Younger

Why Should You Hire Heather as Your Motivational Speaker?

She's experienced.

Heather has delivered hundreds of keynotes, workshops, and training sessions to businesses, organizations, and conference attendees.

She's engaging.

Heather's high-energy presentations keep audiences engaged and entertained.

She's a storyteller.

Heather brings fascinating stories, both personal and professional, that bring her talks to life.

She's inspiring.

In every presentation, Heather's goal is to inspire each attendee to make positive changes in their workplaces, their communities and in their own lives.

She connects.

Heather connects with audiences in a real and relatable way and gets them to think more deeply about their impact on the people around them at work, inspiring them into action.

Key Audiences:

Leaders/Managers, HR Professionals, Teams, Association Groups,  and Employee Diversity Groups

Key Audiences:

Leaders/Managers, HR Professionals, Teams, Association Groups,
Employee Diversity Groups

Employees working from home?

No problem. 

Click to learn more about how Heather can create an exceptional virtual speaker experience for your organization.


Ana de Magalhaes
Working with Heather was an outstanding experience.
She gave the audience a very clear, concise, and easy to understand lecture about employee´s loyalty. She has a dynamic approach that easily engages the audience. Her energy and great ideas are inspirational!
Ana de Magalhães
Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Business Review Brasil
Jenifer Waller
I recommend her for any event. We will have her back at a future conference!
Heather was referred to me from an industry contact who I trust. The Colorado Bankers Association was looking for a keynote speaker at our Annual Women’s Leadership conference. She did not disappoint. Heather energized and inspired our attendees to think differently about their roles as leaders inside and outside of their organizations. Heather really connected with the audience. I recommend her for any event. We will have her back at a future conference!
Jenifer Waller
COO at Colorado Bankers Association
Rhonda Gallant
On point
Yesterday (October 15/20) I had the absolute pleasure of hosting Heather's Webcast "The Key to HR Success in 2021: How to Effectively and Efficiently Listen to Your Remote Organization" On HR.com. Heather was very well organized. I could tell immediately when we met for a brief practice session that she was going to be right "On point" She was very experienced with zoom technology and was so easy to work with. Heather was very Professional yet so down to earth. She was "Real" During her webcast, she connected with her audience immediately! She asked the right questions and her experiences allowed her to connect. Her vast knowledge on the topic allowed her to offer a wide range of responses, tips and she just really understood her audience. She understood their pain points, had empathy and at the same time she had a "No Barrier is impossible to overcome Attitude" It was such a gift to watch her present! The content was very valuable, and it truly felt like I was watching her have a conversation! Excellent communication skills were on display! I also want to add, that there were well over 100 comments and questions submitted by the attendees! Heather, you are a "Rockstar" Anyone would be pleased to work with you, to learn from you, and to be guided by you. Thanks for such a great experience!
Rhonda Gallant
Digital Events Coordinator, HR.com

Watch Heather's Tedx Colorado Springs video and be inspired!

Who Hires Me

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.

Learn more about Heather's virtual keynote experience

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
If you’re ready to guide your leadership team towards a culture of belonging through the power of a diverse and inclusive workplace, invite Heather to speak at your next event.

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
If you’re ready to ease the impact of chaos for your team and help them develop the skills and mindsets necessary to navigate change with agility, confidence, compassion, and character, invite Heather to bring this timely topic to your next event.

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
Ready to help your team develop the kind of resilience that will allow them to be happier, healthier, more balanced, and ready for anything in a world filled with challenges and distractions? Heather Younger has just the message for you.

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
There has never been a more important time to lead with purpose, skill, adaptability, and resilience. Give your leadership team everything they need to stand out as an organization where employees can’t wait to help grow. Contact Heather today to learn more.