Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at The Nature Conservancy
Heather Wishik Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at The Nature Conservancy © Abbie Nell Burnett

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Heather Wishik

Senior Advisor to the Interim CEO, Living Our Values

Boca Raton, FL

  • Areas of Expertise

    Diversity, Inclusion, Leadership, Cultural Literacy


Heather R. Wishik serves as Senior Advisor to the Interim CEO on TNC’s important Living Our Values initiative to examine and improve our workplace climate and organizational effectiveness. She most recently served as TNC's first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. As CDIO, she developed a Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion function and team. Together with her team she designed and led strategies that leveraged the diverse backgrounds and experiences of its staff, trustees and other stakeholders to improve conservation outcomes, increase diversity, equity and inclusion among staff and trustees and in our workplaces, help TNC take a role in diversifying the conservation movement, integrate gender and human rights in our conservation programs and practices, and strengthen the Conservancy’s equitable and inclusive engagement with a wide diversity of communities, peoples and organizations.

Heather has extensive experience as a consultant and coach on diversity and inclusion, global organization development, and leadership development. In almost 20 years of private practice she helped clients on five continents develop and implement global diversity and inclusion strategies using the Leveraging Difference™ approach. She is also an experienced leadership and identity management coach, training designer and group process facilitator.

Since 2001, Heather also has been a Batten Research Fellow at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, where she has collaborated with faculty on global leadership research and the development and writing of teaching cases. Her previous work includes service as Assistant Vice President and Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for The TJX Companies, Inc., supporting their operations in the UK, Germany, Canada and the USA. She also has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Dartmouth College and Vermont Law School.

With Darden Professor Martin N. Davidson, Heather co-authored three chapters of Davidson’s book “The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Managing Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed” (Berrett-Koehler, 2011). She is a published theorist and research scholar in the fields of organizational behavior, inclusive leadership and leveraging difference, as well as in women and the law.

Heather earned an Honours degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Certificate in Group Process Facilitation from the University of South Africa. She has group relations consultation training from the Tavistock Institute, holds a B.A from Goddard College and a J.D. summa cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has conducted research about trust among peers in teams under the supervision of faculty at University of South Africa.

Heather lived in Karachi, Pakistan, as a teenager while her parents consulted to the Ministry of Health. She was a Peace Corps health education trainee in Niger and from 1999-2004 she lived in and operated her consulting practice from Amsterdam, in The Netherlands. She works in English and speaks conversational French and Dutch. Heather currently makes her home with her spouse, Susan Donegan, in Boca Raton, Florida.

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