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Writer, Speaker, Social Entrepreneur on Girls’ Empowerment

Heidi has been honored to speak at HP, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Noyce Scholars Program, Colorado Arts Education Association, National Charity League, and multiple women’s leadership forums and conferences. She is a frequent speaker on girls rising above gender stereotypes and forging identies from their experience in science, engineering and technology.

Her talks have inspired leaders, managers, young professionals, educators, and parents — not to mention girls — to believe in the beauty of their capabilities and next big step.

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Born from my experience as a student and classroom teacher, my mission has been to make it safe for girls to have a voice, place of belonging, and the opportunity to lead while exploring science, technology and engineering — according to their values.

As a result, girls have come together to leverage STEAM and engineering design. They have learned, failed, made gains, felt set-backs, forged friendships, and improved life for others. Some call this humanitarian engineering. I call it Pretty Brainy.


  • Go Make Mistakes! The Empowerment of Ditching Perfectionism
  • Embodying Leadership: Secrets to Raising Your Confidence by Acting on Powerful Everyday Language
  • How to Increase the Number of Girls in STEM? Just Ask a Girl
  • On Writing Well: Practices of a Writing Life
  • Everyday Genius: Embracing Risk and Learning from Leonardo

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Keynote Speaking — Ann

Heidi is not only a successful business woman but a high-content speaker. She connects with any audience on many levels. The topics she presented to my groups centered around both business-building and the need to support our girls and young women. In both areas, she backs her presentations with solid research and factual analysis. This quiet, elegant woman is very comfortable in front of an audience of any size, and she presents her material with energy in a very entertaining way that has her audiences taking notes furiously as they hang on her every word.

Ann Clarke

Keynote Speaking — Heather

Heidi is an inspiration! She was a great speaker for our 2017 Harmony Technology Camp for Girls. I loved that she encouraged the girls to get out there and make mistakes. Mistakes are opportunities to learn, to understand why something didn’t work, which gives insights on how to make it work. Go girls!

Heather Volesky
Senior Engineer / HP Inc.

A Few of Heidi’s Awards

Author of Leonardo’s Science Workshop: Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects Like a Genius

Written with an inimitable combination of clarity and belief in the genius of every young reader, Leonardo’s Science Workshop models the curiosity and problem-solving that made Leonardo da Vinci a genius and Heidi Olinger a voice for STEAM learning that is accessible, alive, and respects young people where they are.

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I customize every presentation. People will come away from YOUR event inspired and buzzing about the experience.

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