Kathy Heasley is the founder and president of HEASLEY&PARTNERS, Inc. and creator of HEART&MIND® BRANDING. She was the driving force behind the growth of Cold Stone Creamery, Massage Envy, MicroAge, SJS Investment Services and many other heart-based brands people love. She helps business leaders achieve their vision and in the process build brands and cultures that allow people the live more purposeful lives.
Kathy is an author herself and has helped countless others bring their stories to the world. She is co-author of Seize the American Dream: Ten Entrepreneurial Success Strategies and a contributor to the book Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul. She speaks at business events globally and has helped hundreds of organizations develop their brands and grow their businesses.
Kathy graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Advertising. In October 2019 she received the Alumni Fellow Award, the most prestigious award given by the 700,000-member Penn State Alumni Association. Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who are leaders in their professional fields.
She serves as president of the Penn State AD/PR Alumni Board for the university’s top-ranked Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, and is a regular guest lecturer in the classroom. She is a member of the college’s Alumni Society board and the Carnegie Society. She served as an advisory board member at Grand Canyon University’s Executive MBA Program and as a business plan panel judge at Thunderbird’s Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship. Kathy is also a repeat speaker at ASU’s Center for Services Leadership Symposium.
Kathy was named a Woman of Achievement in 2017 by In Business Magazine and honored in 2012 as one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. She was also an Athena Award nominee. Before founding HEASLEY&PARTNERS in 1994, Kathy worked with companies like Coca-Cola, Ryland Homes, Exxon, Dr Pepper, and B2B firms in finance, insurance, and technology. Through that she realized the power of heart-driven companies and ever since, has made her mark nurturing organizations and leaders around the world showing them true success comes through Heart and Mind, and giving them a process to make it happen in their companies.