Heidi Connal loves the adventure of change. For the last 25 years, Heidi has guided leaders and teams to navigate the organizational and emotional transformations of hyper-growth, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and technological reboots.

She’s a recognized global expert in team dynamics, emotional intelligence, and executive relationships, and uses her skills to build healthier, more effective and collaborative leaders within the corporate world. Says one client, “Heidi has an uncanny ability to distill elusive personal aspirations into actionable, achievable plans and certainly made me feel a newfound sense of self-efficacy and confidence.”

Heidi is known for her strategic expertise in large global enterprises. A former Salesforce Vice President, Heidi has developed leaders and teams at organizations such as the US Navy, Salesforce, Bank of America, LinkedIn, Digitas, Workday, TIAA, Capital One, Wells Fargo, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Roblox, Logitech, Veeva, the Skoll Foundation, and Marketo.

Heidi’s insatiable thirst for learning and exploration began as a child of an Air Force family and later developed into a passion for travel and adventurous experiences. One snowy night, two months after returning from a year-long round-the-world trip, Heidi Connal’s husband died unexpectedly.

Faced with sudden, inconceivable grief and post-traumatic stress, Heidi transformed her heartache as a young widow into a deeper understanding of tragedy, anxiety, and trauma as an executive and leader.

An expert in leadership and change, Heidi guides executives on the impacts of grief, trauma, mindfulness, and empathy on their employees, their teams, and their peers. Moving, thoughtful, and humorous, Heidi will take you on a journey of deeper insight into the human condition in the workplace.

Heidi holds an MBA in finance and marketing from NYU Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Virginia. Heidi is a certified executive coach through the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute.


Change Management, Mental Health, Leadership, Work Life Balance, Communication, Overcoming Adversity, Management, Team Building, Motivational


Keynote, Virtual Presentation, Panel, Moderator, Fireside Chat, Workshop and Training


Bouncing Back: Resiliency in Trying Times

Life often throws us situations—personal and professional—where we are caught off guard or knocked off our feet. During these times it’s easy to lose our stride and our confidence, but there are ways to get back on our feet quickly, spending less time on the down and more time in creative action. In this talk, Heidi shares the latest in neuroscience, behavioral psychology, mindfulness, and coaching techniques so that you can rewire your own brain for positivity, self-compassion, and a strong sense of purpose.

Key Takeaways:

  • Calm your nervous system in stressful situations
  • Regain control of your creative mind when caught off guard
  • Stay open to possibilities
  • Take action with confidence
  • Grow from failed experiences and get better faster
  • Learn to tolerate ambiguity
  • Develop realistic optimism

Leading Through Traumatic Times

The workplace is no exception to the human existence of change, loss, and grief. This talk dives into how loss and trauma impacts an employee, and how we as leaders can understand what they’re going through, support them in their journey, and help them build their resilience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Defining leadership moments
  • This is our brain, on grief
  • What makes resilience, resilient?
  • The mindfulness of words and actions

Leading Change and Winning Over Resistance

Change is enormous. It’s innovative, it’s dynamic, it’s constant, and – above all – it’s hard. What are the keys to leading successful change in an organization or community? Why is there resistance? And what tools do we have to work through that resistance? Join Heidi Connal in this lively and engaging talk in which she examines the elements of change, the reasons for objection, and the strategies for driving successful transformations.

Key Takeaways:

  • The psychology of change and resistance
  • The steps for change success

Career Reinventions and Epiphanies

It’s never too early – or too late – to reinvent your career. Heidi Connal’s introspective, insightful workshop will provide you with a meaningful experience to help you clarify your strengths and re-define a passion for your career. Give voice to your personal story and gain an understanding of how that story has influenced your career progression. Walk away with a firm grasp of your strengths, values, passions, and personality, and how these aspects of your individuality can be integrated into your future self. Through individual exercises and group reflection – mixed in with some great laughs, insightful moments, and connections with others – this talk is a journey your soul deserves to experience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Personal values and strengths
  • The moments that make you sing
  • Storytelling for success

All of Heidi Connal’s keynotes can be customized to fit your audience.

Other topics include:

  • Storytelling For Leaders
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Influencing Without Authority
  • Managing Bias
  • Personal Branding
  • Negotiating Adeptly
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‍Travels from: Bend, Oregon

Speaking Fee: from $12,500 – $15,000