Heidi PozzoAre you looking for a speaker who will challenge leaders to examine their business? Who will provide actionable tips that can be put to work right away? Do you want to be entertained while you learn?

Heidi Pozzo is an award winning executive who now shares her experience with leaders like you. As a leadership and high performance expert, Heidi’s insights are practical and pressure tested.

For two decades, Heidi has engaged small and large groups alike. She speaks at internal, private meetings and seminars available to the public. “Entertaining and thought provoking” are just a few words audiences use to describe Heidi’s talks.



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Prior Speaking Engagements

Oregon Fuels Association Annual Meeting

Portland Human Resources Management Association Monthly Speaker Series

Multnomah Athletic Club Lecture Series

Women's Leadership Alliance of Greater Portland and SW Washington, invitation only

Oregon State University Guest Lecture

Portland State University Distinguished Lecturer Series

Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

Association of Corporate Growth, Portland

WSU Growth MAP Leadership Series

Bank of America LEAD Group

Morgan Stanley WAMS Group

Institute of Management Accountants, Portland Chapter

Portland State University MBA Guest Lecture

Washington State University MBA Guest Lecture

FEI Vancouver, Canada

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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Sample Keynotes:

Achieving Dramatic Results—Achieving dramatic results takes leadership, focus and communication. In this keynote, we’ll cover the secrets you need to know to achieve dramatic results and outperform your competition.

Before You Sell Your Business, You Need to Do This—Many business owners get a big surprise when they want to sell their business. It isn’t worth what they thought. I’ll share the secrets you need to know to dramatically increase the value of your business.

The Four Essential Dimensions to Advance in Your Career—This keynote is typically shared with women’s groups, but is applicable to everyone. To advance into senior leadership requires developing relationships and cultivating sponsors. We’ll discuss what you need to do to advance into senior leadership.

The Five Things You Need to Know to be a High Performing CFO—Today’s CFOs are no longer just the numbers people. They are expected to be strategic partners to CEOs, helping drive profitable growth and value creation. In this conversation, we’ll cover the five things you need to know to be a high performing CFO.

Change Only Sticks if Everyone is Better Off—Have you ever wondered why your change initiative isn’t working? The real secret to driving change is simple. Change only sticks if everyone is better off. We’ll cover the three aspects you need to know to make change stick in your organization.


Heidi was invited to be a speaker for the Portland Human Resource Management Association. She was not only extremely engaging, but she was able to provide actionable items to our group for immediate efficiencies in workflow! Highly recommend!

Lydia Garcia, Portland Human Resource Management Association Co-Director of Programs 

Heidi delivered an engaging and practical talk about high-performance leadership at our annual meeting. Her personable style and stories demonstrated her points and gave our members specific actions that could be immediately implemented in their businesses. I highly recommend Heidi!

Mark Gram, Board of Directors, Oregon Fuels Association; Chief Operating Officer Jubitz Corporation

“Heidi generously made time to speak in my MBA accounting class and I can see why she is such an asset to so many organizations.  She elegantly wove together a very easy to understand argument for how strategy and finance need to work together to achieve success.  Students came away realizing the need to look forward while managing the day to day, but also not ignoring the mistakes and triumphs from the past that can serve as lessons learned.  Her talk was technical without being wonky and just the right touch of personal to highlight her professional talents.  Our MBA students are working professionals and after she left it was clear from their comments that Heidi provided them insights and advice to better unite strategy and finance.  She was able to teach my students lessons that take me an entire semester.”

Jane Cote, Academic Director, Carson College of Business, WSU Vancouver


“Heidi presented an entertaining and thought provoking talk on how to be a high performing CFO to the Portland Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. The talk was the highest attended of the year and some of the best content we’ve heard this year. I heard from many members that the evening was fantastic and they walked away with actionable ideas.”

Aubrey Reagan, Vice President, Professional Education, Institute of Management Accountants, Portland Chapter

"I have had the pleasure of various business discussions with Heidi.  Her depth of knowledge in the broad range of areas that makes a business successful is impressive.  This was in full view during her guest lecture at the PSU graduate class I teach on Strategic Planning, ETM525/625.  Her insights covered valuable directions from human considerations on recruiting to operations and financial best practices.  It is easy to enjoy new practical ideas in every interaction with Heidi.”
Ron Khormaei, PhD; Adjunct Professsor, Engineering & Technology Management, PSU; Technology Executive 

“Heidi hit the spot as a speaker for the Women In Leadership Club! She was able to not only engage, but relate the women in the room who came to hear her speak. Her insightful experience and honest advice were a unique combination that was highly beneficial. We were so lucky to have Heidi in as a speaker and we are all the better for it. She supported our members, leaving them with actionable advice to help empower and support them in their careers. We can’t thank her enough.”

Lillian Beck, Women in Leadership President, Oregon State University

“We had the pleasure of welcoming Heidi back to an Institute of Management Accountants - Portland Chapter event for the second year in a row! This time, she presented a very informative and relevant topic on "Here's What You Need to Achieve High-Performance". Our audience consisting of business leaders, and accounting and finance professionals from the Portland area described her presentation as inspirational and shared very practical principles about high-performance.”

Ashley Loflin, President, Institute of Management Accountants, Portland

"Heidi spoke to a group of employees at our company about the challenges women face navigating their careers and the importance of building strong relationships. We hosted participants from all levels of our firm-entry level to senior management- and Heidi was relatable to everyone as she discussed different stages in her career. Whether you are an experienced executive or want to engage emerging leaders in your organization, Heidi is someone I recommend for leadership and women’s career advancement presentations."
Chelsea King, Commercial Banker
"It is always so great to hear you speak.  Another phenomenal presentation last night!" in reference to Heidi's presentation of Achieving High-Performance
Mike Williams, CMA, CPA, CGMA, VP of Finance, Audio Precision
"Heidi, great job last night! I came to work invigorated after hearing some of your ideas." in reference to Heidi's presentation of Achieving High-Performance at the Women's Leadership Forum of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Karissa Aleskus, Chief Financial Officer, Bastion Security

“It was a pleasure to learn about the value of sponsorship and how it differs from mentorship.  Great job connecting with this group with your accessibility, credibility and gracious speaking style.”

Carol Cate, Adjunct Professor Concordia University

“Heidi’s presentation on high performers helped me reflect on opportunities to improve time management in our work day.  When additional resources are needed the typical quick reaction is to throw more people at the problem rather than drilling down into components of process and time that can be eliminated or enhanced. Heidi provided ideas on what to look at to identify those time wasters and one of the simple suggestions was not schedule every meeting for 60 minutes.  I just started scheduling meetings for 20 minutes and I am getting through discussions faster with more productive outcomes. Simple but impactful.

Heidi also provided us a simple list of top competencies for high performers that I plan to reflect on and address with my staff.  In addition I would use as I mentor new students entering the workforce.

Great presentation to really reflect on how we approach our day outside of numbers.”

Kevin McAdams, Controller and Director of Finance, De Paul Treatment Centers