The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.

Heather Polivka accelerates the growth of businesses through practical leadership and thriving workplace cultures. Heather’s methodology at defining and evolving workplace experiences to retain talent and create competitive advantage is masterfully crafted from experiences with businesses of all sizes. Whether clients are responding to a changing talent market, experiencing high growth, or navigating the merging of cultures, Heather guides them to a way of leading and working that fuels their business, empowers their people, and brings out their best. Heather is a SCORE mentor of underrepresented founders of early-stage businesses and an advocate for child abuse prevention.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t listen to the “shoulds” or follow the path others expect you to take. Instead, trust yourself, listen to your gut, and chart your own path. The best adventures in your life happen when you do that.

 What is your favorite quote?

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”

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