Speaker | Author | Social Entrepreneur, Girls in STEM
Heidi has been honored to speak at HP, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Noyce Scholars Program, Colorado Arts Education Association, the National Charity League, and multiple women’s leadership forums and conferences. She is a frequent speaker on girls overcoming gender stereotypes 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.
“My mission is to empower the underrepresented in STEM, and inspiring others is the heart of that mission.”
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. The book is 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(c)(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 was the winner of the 2017 Woman of Inspiration Award, presented by Colorado Women of Influence, and of the Boettcher Foundation Teacher’s Award, an honor whose winners are chosen by students. Through experiences that have led her to gain expertise on girls in STEM and education, Heidi has learned how to truly empower 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 gaining a STEM mindset.
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 Leonardo’s life and work
Go Make Mistakes! The Power of Ditching Perfectionism
Embodying Leadership: Secrets to Raising Your Confidence by Acting on Powerful Turns of Phrase
How to Increase the Number of Girls in STEM? Just Ask a Girl
On Writing Well: Core Practices of a Writing Life
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.”
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