Growing up, Heather would get bored easily. But she kept herself busy by asking lots of questions and sometimes teaching stuff to other people. She tutored kids at the local elementary school, served as a candy striper at the hospital, and was a leader on her sports teams. Heather is deeply loyal, has a competitive streak, and
Growing up, Heather would get bored easily. But she kept herself busy by asking lots of questions and sometimes teaching stuff to other people. She tutored kids at the local elementary school, served as a candy striper at the hospital, and was a leader on her sports teams. Heather is deeply loyal, has a competitive streak, and is optimistic like her father.
Much of her drive today stems from experience leading various non-profit programs. After serving as an AmeriCorps (domestic Peace Corps) volunteer working with vulnerable populations, she went back to her hometown to lead a program assisting adult english-language learners, later moved to California to help Bay Area residents who were on their last leg of public assistance, and then spent five years building programs for at-risk youth living in the housing projects of San Francisco. She was inspired by how showing consistency and commitment forms powerful partnerships that affect change.
Heather will challenge you, but you’ll have fun along the way. She's known for honoring commitments, a genuine interest in the goals of partners, leadership in the global educational ent/intrapreneurial community, and ability to meaningfully connect ideas with actions.
She prides herself in asking tough questions up front to avoid future challenges. Her non-profit background serves her well because she’s learned to value and stretch a dollar. She would never sell anything she doesn’t believe in herself and is hell-bent on keeping commitments. She can talk to anyone and genuinely enjoys meeting new folks, whether you're the CEO of a multimillion-dollar company or a local fisherman. She likes people. And she likes helping people and companies solve problems and achieve their goals.
Co-Founder @ Lean Startup Co. (LSCo), founded by Eric Ries, Heather McGough and Melissa Moore, is the official place for entrepreneurs and corporate innovators seeking ways of working that support continuous innovation and sustainable growth through Lean Startup methodology.
LSCo produces educational webcasts, podcasts, original content, hosts the flagship Lean Startup Conference, and offers a Lean Startup Enterprise Training Program. Our resources support those who are new to Lean Startup, seasoned practitioners who want a deeper dive, or companies trying to incorporate it at scale.
Whether you’re building a high-growth tech startup, a mobile app, a piece of hardware, working in a non-profit, or large bureaucratic organization, adopting Lean Startup methodology can help you overcome obstacles and set up systems. You’ll learn how to structure teams and ways of working to scale successfully and operate in conditions of extreme uncertainty.
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Adoptful starts by empowering you with our free online Decision-Making Tool, the first of its kind, to assist in choosing the adoption path best suited for your needs. We then take it one step further and reveal what actions can make your adoption easier, or more challenging. You have different needs and resources than other people, and we can help target the most efficient path for building a family. Lastly, we refer providers matching your individual needs. Adoptful is developing a database consisting of highly-vetted service providers from around the world and is kept up-to-date by our in-house survey research team.
Our commitment to ongoing worldwide research saves people time and money while creating a safe place to build family.
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FailChats are based on the internationally renowned FailCon: the first conference on startup failures and how to prepare for and recover from them. Each FailChat attracts an intimate and targeted group of early-stage founders and entrepreneurs to discuss the common mistakes and missteps that startups and small businesses take.
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