About Heather Andersen
Visible Impact Leadership (VIL) is a company devoted to helping leaders like you make successful transitions into top positions with higher levels of responsibility. By coaching you to elevate the effectiveness of your communication, develop strategic relationships, and inspire change, VIL helps you create a valuable and visible impact.
The idea of founder Heather Andersen, Visible Impact Leadership was created based on the principle that the most compelling changes you can make are those that are visible and are able to be described or measured by others.
A leader among leaders and a well respected executive coach with over a decade of experience as a program facilitator, cross-cultural trainer, strategy consultant, and manager, Heather brings a rare blend of real world experience and global perspective. In addition, her understanding of neuroscience, emotional intelligence and behavioral change allows Heather to help you master the mindset you need to reach your goals quickly and develop as a strong and influential leader.
Heather Andersen began her leadership training as a white-water rafting guide on the Rogue River and cycling tour leader in the mountains of Italy. This work fed her love of the outdoors and working with people; however, after years in river gorges and mountain trails she felt pulled toward greater challenges. So, she traded in her bike saddle and hiking boots for a MBA and took the leadership lessons she learned outside and brought them into the corporate world of consulting. With almost two decades of experience as an executive coach, facilitator, and well-traveled cross-cultural consultant, Heather helps recently promoted leaders transition into top roles with greater ease. She helps them capitalize on their strengths, open their eyes to what hinders their success, and shift their behaviors for good.
Having lived and worked around the world from India to Italy and many points in between, Heather also has a passion for working with global leaders and those working to bridge cultural gaps whether between departments or countries.
Heather has worked with a wide range of Fortune 500 clients across industries, including: Cisco Systems, Dell, Gap Inc., Eaton Corporation, Ernst & Young, John Deere, KLA Tencor, Microsoft, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Seagate Technology, Texas Instruments, UnitedHealth Group, and Visa. She has been a coach in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs: Women’s Leadership Forum and Professional Leadership Development Program.
Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, and an MSBA in International Business with a focus on Cross-Cultural Communication from San Francisco State University. She is a New Ventures West Certified Coach. She is certified in FIRO-B, Highlands Ability Battery, NLP, and Bar-On’s EQ-i (emotional intelligence inventory) and EQ 360.
Heather brings a unique combination of skills, experiences and insights to the table with her clients and they appreciate her ability to get to the core of their issue with clarity and compassion so that new, more compelling paths to success can be blazed.