Keynote speaker | Author | Social Entrepreneur, Girls in STEM and Education
Thank you for considering me for your event. My mission is to authentically empower the underrepresented, including in STEM and education. Connecting with and inspiring others is the basis of my mission, and I look forward to being a resource for you.
Heidi Olinger is the author of Leonardo’s Science Workshop (Rockport Publishers), an interactive adventure that embraces the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to bring art and science to life. It’s highlighted by parents and educators as an art and science and nature book essential to inspiring the next generation of critical thinkers and STEAM learners. Heidi is the founder and president of Pretty Brainy, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization through which girls are gaining the learning and empowerment to form companies, take risks, teach technology to younger students, win full-ride scholarships to colleges of their choice, and use STEAM to improve life for others. She is the co-founder, with members of Pretty Brainy’s girl leadership team, of MISSion Innovation, the first all-woman innovation marathon for climate action. She received the 2017 Woman of Inspiration Award from Colorado Women of Influence and the Boettcher Foundation Teacher’s Award, an honor whose winners are chosen by students who are Boettcher scholars. Through experiences that have led to her becoming an expert on girls in STEM and education, Heidi has learned how to truly empower others.
She has been honored to present at HP, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Noyce Scholars Program, Colorado Arts Education Association, the National Charity League, and others. Her TEDx Talk delves into girls overcoming stereotypes and discovering the value of science and math and she is a frequent speaker on girls excelling in service learning and building a STEM mindset.
Her talks have inspired leaders, managers, young professionals, educators and parents, not to mention girls, to believe in their own missions and genius.
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.
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!
Heidi’s Recent Top Keynotes
Producing Genius: Embracing Risk and Learning from Leonardo
Perfect for marking the global celebration of 500 years of da Vinci’s life and work
Secrets to Building a STEM Mindset
Go Make Mistakes! Why Failing Forward Is the Greatest Lesson We Can Learn
On Writing Well: Core Practices for Starting or Stepping up Your Writing Life
Embodying Leadership: Secrets to Raising Your Confidence and Presence by Acting on Powerful Turns of Phrase
Want to Increase the Number of Girls in STEM? Just Ask a Girl
Strategies for Girls Owning STEM and Education in the 21st Century
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. The New York Journal of Books says Leonardo’s Science Workshop is “an excellent resource for teachers looking for multidisciplinary lesson plans with an emphasis on the pure sciences and technology.”
I customize every presentation for your particular audience so people come away from your event inspired and buzzing about the experience.