2010 Grand Marshal – Heather McKissick

Grand Marshal

The 2010 Back To School Parade Grand Marshal is Heather McKissick, who is an organizational development and communication specialist with specific expertise in leadership development, change management and workgroup facilitation.

Heather is President and CEO for Leadership Austin, a non-profit organization where people of diverse backgrounds and experience come together to learn about civic leadership, engage in meaningful dialogue about important public issues, and collaborate to make a difference in Central Texas. Since 1979, thousands of individuals have graduated from the Leadership Austin Essential Class or enhanced their leadership capacities through its open enrollment programs.

As the former Director of Organizational Development and Education for the Seton Healthcare Network she was responsible for the Organizational Development system which includes employee and leadership development initiatives for more than 10,000 employees across Central Texas. Seton is a healthcare Ministry within the Ascension Health system. Ascension Health is the nation’s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system, serving patients through a network of hospitals and related health facilities providing acute care services, long-term care, community health services, psychiatric, rehabilitation and residential care.

Prior to working for Seton, she was at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in Austin, Texas, assisting their Corporate Services business unit develop comprehensive action plans for improved employee engagement and workplace communication. The former Manager of Technology Services’ Learning and Performance for the LCRA, Heather managed the creation, development and delivery of learning and performance enhancement programs across the authority. She is also a former Global Communication Specialist for Motorola Semiconductor Product Sector, where she developed a “virtual” global feedback process that was implemented to gather and integrate feedback from cross-functional and cross-cultural teams worldwide.

Adding to her expertise in business communication and curriculum development, Heather is the former Assistant Dean of Humanities at St. Edward’s University, where she also served as a faculty member and advisor to graduate and undergraduate students.

Heather can be reached via Leadership Austin at www.leadershipaustin.org