Chris’ Wild life serves as the canvas for her speaking and team building 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.
means having the courage to bring the gift of all of who you are to all of what you do.
Chris Heeter - Leadership Speaker | Wilderness Guide | Poet
- Profiled on The Discovery Channel’s “National Geographic Today”
- Selected Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet
- National Speaker’s Association member and recipient of the 2011 Next Level Award
- Flash-point Speaker at Meeting Professional International’s 2014 World Education Congress
- Highest rated speaker at Meeting Professional International’s 2014 World Education Congress
- Wilderness guide since 1984
- Dog Musher (it began with just one husky 28 years ago, and grew rather exponentially)
- Sat on the board of The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota
- National Association of Women Business Owners Luminary award, 2008
- George Williams College Distinguished Alumnae award recipient, 2010
- Certified Wilderness First Responder
My favorite description of what it feels like to get to speak to an audience or work with a team comes from the speaker/poet David Whyte: “Good speech is half what you plan to say, and half what is listened out of you.”
This is canoeing and gardening combined…what could be better? Admittedly harvesting is the fun part, there is still parching, threshing, and winnowing to go before it’s ready to cook. (That’s why real hand-harvested, wood parched wild rice costs more.)
These trainings are intense 60 hour courses with lectures, reading, and scenario after scenario. The instructors are really good at inventing realistic disasters… with lots of special effects.
I have always loved building and cooking over fires on trips, so it is a natural extension to heat my ‘cabin in the city’ with wood as well. Fortunately, I also love cutting and splitting wood, so all the behind the scenes work involved in fueling my masonry wood stove is well worth it!!
Wild is about being ready to say Yes --
for your team, your organization, or yourself!