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Meet Our Founder

"I believe every day we are granted on this planet is a precious gift. Empathy is the essence of our humanity, and taking action transforms us into warriors. Failures serve as invaluable lessons that propel us forward. As mavens, our daily mission is to foster trust-based relationships and guide our clients towards profound success."

- Heather Cook

Heather Cook

As Creative Maven's Founder, Heather has over two decades of experience producing numerous events, campaigns, and experiences in the high-tech and entertainment industries. 

Heather leads a Global Community Evangelism, Engagement, and Events charter as a Principal PM Manager in the Microsoft 365 Customer Advocacy Group at Microsoft. She is also a Microsoft 365 Apps and Services Alumni - Most Valuable Professional (MVP),

Creative Maven is the home of Heather's creative and artistic endeavors. Based in Los Angeles, California, Heather enjoys teaching and speaking worldwide to discuss marketing, personal brand, personal development, healthy workplaces, and diversity & inclusion.

Connect with Heather on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and explore her articles on our blog.

She is available as a guest speaker/host for conferences, leadership events, podcasts, and TV/radio interviews—book Heather to inspire and educate at your next corporate event or company meeting. Heather is also a commercial and narration voice actor.

Heather is a published playwright; Her adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper is produced globally in competitions, high schools, universities and fringe festivals. 

Heather was born and raised in Michigan, formative years in Indiana and Illinois, and graduated from the University of Washington School of Drama, Seattle, Washinton. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and can often be found chasing sunsets at her local beach in Southern California.

Awards and Advocacy

Heather continues to be recognized by peers and organizations for achievements as a Chief Marketing Officer and technologist. She is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) alum, and has been a part of the Forbes Business Council.

Heather is active in many advocacy groups supporting the arts and diversity; she is passionate about women’s issues, the environment, and social justice. She leads many community technology activities in Southern California.

Guest Podcasts with Heather Cook

BIFocal Podcast

Episode 188: Community! Community! Community! With Heather Newman

M365 Voice

Episode 37: Battling Fear and Toxicity in the Workplace


The Evolution of Collaboration with Heather Newman

WITGirls Podcast

Episode 30: ESPC19

The Intelligent Workplace Podcast

Battling Fear and Toxicity in the Workplace

The Fabulous 40

Fabulous 40 with Heather Newman

Mavens Do It Better Podcast


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