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Heather Slyman

Heather Slyman

PeopleWomen's Leadership Council

Heather Slyman

VP, Sales and Vendor Relations
Vergent LMS

I started my career as a Programmer/Developer at Boeing. I also involved myself in a lot of charitable organizations, and through that, I ended up on another path. I started my career in mortgage lending but ended up finding my way back into the IT world by combining the best of both and selling lending software. I now run Sales and Vendor Relationships for a Loan Origination and Servicing software company. I am also a National Team Leader for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
Strategy, Sales, Problem Solving, Management,

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
I'm always open to learning

What three keywords best describe you?
Strategic, Collaborative, Motivated

Personal Motto:
Always do better

What are you passionate about?
Helping others

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
My first professional job was on the F/A18 Forward Fuselage project when i was 18 years old

Who has been a role model for you?
My grandma

What are you most proud of?
I'm proud of a lot of things. I am proud of my own successes but also making it through things in my personal and professional life that were extremely difficult.

MENTORING:
a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Being a good role model, caring, and patience

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Work harder than others and continuously educate yourself; however, balance your life to still enjoy life.

c. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
That I knew a lot less than I thought I did at the time.