Chris Heeter

Chris Heeter was selected as a Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet, and was the highest rated speaker of Meeting Professional lnternational's 2014 World Education Congress. She is out to create a Wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1984 and professional speaker since 2001, Chris has led and worked with a diverse array of teams, both canine and human!
Featured on The Discovery Channel's "National Geographic Today," she brings decades of leadership experience indoors, to conferences and offices, working with teams and leaders, helping us recognize that leadership and teamwork doesn't have to be so complicated.
With remarkable parallels to the work world, Chris shares hilarious stories from her sled dog team with their quirky personalities and from guiding whitewater trips, where successfully navigating obstacles (mostly) is part of the journey.
Chris believes that teamwork and leadership boil down to three simple elements: self-knowledge, compassionate presence, and courageous conversations. In other words, it boils down to being your full Wild self-having the courage to bring the gift of all of who you are to all of what you do.
Chris' "Wild" life serves as the canvas for her speaking and teambuilding programs. She freely admits that much of what she's learned about humanity comes from dogs and rivers--from her team of 16 sled dogs, who she helped breed, raise, and train, to her decades of guiding whitewater canoe trips. Combined, they create the perfect back-drop for memorable, easy to apply, lasting, and life-changing tools for individuals, teams, leaders, and organizations.
Not wild enough yet? Chris recently converted a 1950's rambler into a cabin in the city (Bloomington MN) with sustainable building practices, tearing out walls, using reclaimed barn timber flooring, installing a masonry wood stove, passive solar (for now), on-going tree planting, and creating large organic gardens.
She sits on the board of the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center, is a Wilderness First Responder and a graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). She holds a bachelor's degree in recreation and social work from George Williams College, where she recently received the Distinguished Alumnae Award. She is a poet and shares her writing and Wild Dares through her newsletter, Wild Thoughts.
She shares her life with many two and four-legged loved ones, the gifts of these connections teaching her over and over again that the bumps and the beauty of life are made sweeter by daring to live and love whole-heartedly.