Our Keynote Speaker


We take the health and safety of NAAHP members very seriously.  This year’s in-person meeting will follow the National CDC and Local Health/Safety Guidelines in place at the time of the meeting.

About Heather R. Younger

Heather’s expertise in adversity started early. As the only child from an interracial and interfaith marriage, she was shunned and excluded by extended family. While it left her with a lot of questions growing up, it led her to develop a high level of resilience and a deeply inspired commitment to advocate for the voiceless.

She is the founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix (a consultancy firm focused on creating cultures of listening) - an International TEDx speaker on Adversity - Host of the  Leadership with Heart Podcast - is certified in DEI and DISC - and an Attorney who worked for years in corporate America. She holds a law degree, is a regular contributor to "Forbes" and "LinkedIn" and is the best-selling author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty, which hit the top of the "Forbes Must-Read List for HR Professionals." Her latest best-selling book, The Art of Caring Leadership, teaches the radical power of caring support in leadership and in the workplace.

What is most important to know about Heather is that she brings a breadth of experience, extensive quantitative and qualitative research, and a truly deep passion for advocacy, resilience, human relations, and connection to every audience, every workshop, every consultation.

She’s also a mother of four who, like so many parents and business professionals, gets just how difficult and challenging everything can be – and she’s bringing the solutions and strategies to make change less scary, more manageable, and sometimes – even adventurous! When not working, she is a self-proclaimed soccer mom who eats tons of chocolate for self-preservation.

  • For pre-Keynote reading, Heather has provided the ; three simple steps that help us power through the tough moments.


  • Heather will have a table outside of the "Climbing to New Heights" Conference Opening Reception on Wednesday, June 15 and will be available to chat with attendees and sign books. and brought to the conference for signing.