Meet the Team
I have been, throughout my career, a change agent. That means when companies have needed someone to come in and help them see the future that should be, they call me. As we move into the Digital Experience Age and companies find they need a new vision, a new experiential strategy and new culture, organization, and operating models…they call me..
Design Thinking is the wave of the future: With the ubiquity of digital enablers and the coming of age of the digital natives, design thinking must be put into the mix as a needed counterbalance to management theory and process engineering.
Based on all of the above, I believe we have a golden opportunity to change how companies think about experience and how they go about addressing experience challenges. I’d be thrilled to have you join us.
As an accomplished UX/UI Designer and lifelong teacher, she combined her passions and created a community for anyone ready to become part of the next generation of UX designers.
Her goal is to continue to grow Avocademy and provide both teaching and learning opportunities in other in-demand careers.
I'm especially passionate about advising leaders to embrace the right mindset and become catalysts for cultural change — and methodically change the behaviors of key personnel within my sphere of influence. As part of any transformation initiative, I place a concerted emphasis in building effective capability-building programs so that the work can be perpetuated long after my departure.
She began her career in the advertising industry, working at Meridian Communications, a full-service advertising firm with clients such as Fazoli’s and the University of Kentucky. After achieving rapid success, Heather put her marketing experience to work for tech startup Exstream Software where she launched a worldwide marketing and analyst relations program that grew the company to over 850 enterprise customers and the eventual acquisition by HP. Heather went on to play an integral part in the post-acquisition integration with over 170 countries of operation and managed multiple public relations agencies. Prior to Saxon Marketing and PR, she served as the Director of Marketing for the University of Kentucky, Keeneland and various communication roles at ACS (a Xerox Company).
Heather is a proud alum of the University of Kentucky where she received a degree in Integrated Strategic Communication with a focus in advertising and public relations. She continues to play an active role in student development at the University where she co-founded iNet, a live-learn entrepreneur community, mentorship and cross-degree program, and start-up competition, to encourage young entrepreneurs. Heather was recognized as a top leader by the City of Lexington, KY and has received Addy and CASE awards in marketing, web design, communication and fundraising.