Heather Hankamer is a coach, fundraiser and event planner. In 2019 she opened Heather Hankamer Consulting LLC to help clients communicate with confidence and connect with their community through engaging experiences. In addition to owning her own consulting business, Heather is also the Executive Director of the CCC Leadership Program for Women and the President of the non-profit Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Heather Hankamer grew up in the film business. For over 20 years Heather was the Managing Partner and Buyer for Dallas’ oldest and most successful independent movie rental store, Premiere Video. During that time, she served on the board of Women in Film Dallas and was also a founding board member of AFI Dallas from 2006 to 2009.
Most recently Heather was the Executive Director of TEDxSMU and the Assistant Director of K-12 Outreach for the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at SMU Lyle. Under Heather’s leadership, the TEDx programs at SMU grew from 2 annual conferences for the Dallas community to a year-round slate of events on and off the SMU campus. These events included the very popular TEDxSMUWomen conference, TEDxKids@SMU, simulcasts of TED conferences and a leadership/community engagement program for SMU students. Heather also ran numerous outreach programs through the Caruth Institute. These programs included STEM summer camps for 6th to 12th graders, a design challenge event called Visioneering and the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Annually these events reached over 2,500 students from across the North Texas region, with over 55% of students coming from economically disadvantaged communities.
Heather is also a proud, 2016 graduate of the Marsha Clark women's leadership program Power of Self. When she is not coaching speakers or planning an event Heather enjoys cooking, reading, swimming and entertaining.
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