“Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.”
Simon Sinek



Heather McGowan works at the intersection of the future of work and the future of learning, an emerging field that integrates design strategy, management consulting, and education. McGowan uses single frame visuals to help people quickly understand shifting mental maps and contextual references. She assists executives in rethinking their business models, teams, and organizational structures. In higher education, she advises presidents to develop learning agility to prepare graduates for jobs that do not yet exist. Heather was the strategic architect of the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University-- the first undergraduate college explicitly focused on innovation. She is the co-author and co-editor of the book Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate. Her corporate clients range from small start-ups to publicly traded, Fortune 500 companies ranging from Autodesk to BD Medical. McGowan speaks internationally on the future of work and the future of learning. 

Heather has a mind who can hold so much complexity yet combined with the rare gift of making these complex and highly emotive ideas so clear and accessible through her visualizations, models and straight talk - no academic or corporate jargon...just relatable facts, insights and powerful stories and metaphors. No-one can paint the picture of the Future of Work as vividly as Heather McGowan!
— Annalie Killian, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at sparks + honey
Heather is an academic entrepreneur and visionary. She represents a new generation of thought leaders in higher education
— Robert. E. Johnson, PhD, President, Becker College
Heather has the unique ability to synthesize and intellectualize large amounts of often-disparate data into a cohesive, clear, and actionable strategy while identifying and addressing the inevitable hurdles or challenges in any endeavor. As an academic, a college president, board member, and an entrepreneur I have never met a person with greater ability to craft clear actionable vision and strategy from ambiguity and complexity and to lead diverse teams towards a common vision
— Stephen Spinelli, Jr, PhD, Chancellor Emeritus, Jefferson University


  • Internationally recognized keynote speaker onThe Future of Work and The Future of Learning.
  • Short, succinct highly visual presentations on the essential context of accelerated change in technology and business.
  • Advisory services for higher education executive leadership and corporate executives facing transformational change.
  • Single frame visualizations of complex challenges. 
  • Workshops for corporate executives on innovation and white space exploration. 
  • Faculty development and curriculum conceptualization of emerging areas related to design, business, and innovation-- the 21st century literacies.