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Heather Polivka

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Heather Polivka is an internationally trusted business advisor accelerating the growth and success of progressive SMBs and their leaders through practical leadership, employee performance, and thriving workplace cultures.  Heather’s methodology unites over a decade’s worth of experience across marketing, HR and, operations to transforming people, processes, and profits of Fortune 10 organizations, 20+ acquired businesses, and SMBs of all sizes.

Trusted Advisor. Business Owner. Founder.  Change Agent. Speaker.

Fee Range: $10,000 and Below
Phone: 800-328-6008
What happens when Marketing expertise meets HR know-how? Heather Polivka!
Heather founded HeatherP Solutions and Awesome People Leaders to work with leaders of small and mid-sized businesses helping them create workplaces where people thrive, great talent stays, and businesses grow.
Heather’s methodology at defining and evolving workplace experiences to retain great talent and create competitive advantage has been masterfully crafted with over two decade’s worth of culture experience with businesses of all sizes.  Whether her clients are responding to a changing talent market, fueling high growth, or navigating the merging of multiple cultures, she guides leaders to cultivate a way of working that fuels their business strategy and enables their talent strategy.
Most importantly, Heather doesn’t make culture work or leadership into rocket science.  Shebrings a practical, tangible, and pragmatic approach.  Her marketing and HR expertise, along with experiences in operations and technology, brings a cross-functional perspective to our work and to her speaking.
For 12 years prior to starting HeatherP Solutions, she served as a Fortune 6 organization’s critical link between marketing and human resources to grow 4x over, transform their culture, repair their reputation as a place to work, integrate 20+ acquired businesses, and localize their presence in culturally relevant ways.
Heather speaks on topics related to our work environments and work habits, multi-generational teams, conflict management, and leadership. Creating environments where people thrive, goes beyond the workplace for her. She is a SCORE mentor, Co-Chair of the Catalyst Fund to empower early-stage women business owners, and active in the work of child abuse prevention and anti-racism.
If you’re ready to imagine what’s possible for your company and employees, hire Heather to speak and work with your team to make that happen!
Speech Titles and Descriptions:

Creating Sustainable Business Performance Through Your Employees

Addressing the Gap that Stops Most Businesses (& Workplaces) From Thriving

3 Critical Aspects to Employee Engagement

Po-tay-to, Po-Tah-to: How Small Differences Create Big Business Problems

Why People-centric Managers Outperform Their Peers in every way

3 Reasons Why Most Culture & Employee Engagement Work Fails

The most effective, overlooked solution to employee retention & engagement


“We have been fortunate to have Heather present at our International Branding Summits multiple times - her ability to engage an audience is first class!”

Brett Minchington - Chairman & CEO of Employer Brand International

"Heather created and presented a great learning experience for our NAWBO-MN members.  Heather has a great style and is very engaging with the participants.  Heather presented relevant and important information in a fun presentation.  Her program attracted people not only from our state chapter but other chapters nationally.  She received great scores and feedback on the follow-up survey.  I would highly recommend Heather."

Jackie Engmark - Executive Director, NAWBO Minnesota

“Heather was our speaker for one of our first hybrid events this summer. Minutes before we went “live," the internet went down, and we lost Wi-Fi. Thankfully, we connected our virtual attendees through my phone. While this situation would throw off most speakers, Heather rolled with it and helped create a sense of ease for all of the event attendees, both in the room and online. Even more impressive is how engaged all of our attendees were, despite the glitches, as demonstrated during the Q&A that would have continued had we not run out of time. Heather identified the pain point that resonated for people and offered tangible, actionable takeaways to address them. Her energy, expertise and engagement with our members was top-notch and we would gladly invite her back.

Katy Burke - Executive Director of Team Women


2022 Minnesota Conference on Architecture – Speaker rating 4.9/5.0

Great presentation. Heather was really engaging and clearly knows the subject and how to explain it to others. Content felt really applicable to the challenges faced by most firms today.”

2022 HR Tomorrow Conference – Speaker rating 4.73/5.0

Great session!  Heather was very engaging and presented meaningful content that was practical and immediately applicable to a wide audience.”


2022 SMPS SERC – Speaker rating 8.6/10


2022 SMPS Seattle – Speaker rating 4.73/5.0

“The speaker was fantastic and really had a lot of energy which made the presentation exciting.”

“I thought the content was extremely relevant with solutions!! I appreciated that she was able to tackle such a hot topic while addressing things from a perspective I hadn`t heard before.”

“Heather had great examples and didn`t sugar-coat the issues.”

“Heather was an amazing presenter!”

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