One of our 2019 #Upgrades for our Every Heart Sister Membership is our new Sister Spotlight! Every single month we will feature one of our valued members and share some of what makes their HEART shine!
Our May Sister Spotlight is Heather Kaplan Weatherly!
Heather is originally from Illinois, but moved to Texas as a young teen, and graduated from JJ Pearce High School in Richardson. She went on to attend the University of Arizona, where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Radio, Television and Film (Media Arts) with minors in Music and Theatre. She was a member of Tau Beta Sigma (band sorority) and Delta Delta Delta (social sorority). She shared with me that she had been active in womens'/girls' organizations throughout her youth, such as BBYO (Bna'i Brith Youth Organization) and then again in college with sororities, but found herself craving this again in her adult years.
She attended her first Every Heart Empower Brunch in January 2018, and was given an opportunity to introduce herself to the group and share a challenge. She confesses she was still working through the ability to share her infertility journey with others, and ended up shedding a few tears that day. But she adds, "Not a single person in that room made me feel uncomfortable. And I received amazing feedback on the things I shared and requested help with. I knew this group was exactly what I was longing for and had been missing since my college days, where I always had a group of 'sisters' to count on. It meant the world to me to have a safe place to share my emotions and to be me and no one else but me."
After college, Heather spent more than 20 years in various media and client service roles in advertising agencies, serving many high profile clients. She ultimately left that world in 2011 to focus on starting her family, and began to pursue flexible careers and roles to allow her to find true balance with work and family. But over the years of working these 'bridge' roles (as she refers to these flexible yet unfulfilling jobs) she realized she desired having a career that both makes her happy and fulfilled, but also one that utilizes her talents and skills. She made the smart decision to consult with a career coach, who helped her identify what type of position would be best suited for her, which ultimately led her to HireEffect, where she was named the Director of Business Development and Marketing.
HireEffect helps the self-employed as well as small and medium sized businesses get out of the back office and back into why they started their business in the first place, by providing best in class bookkeeping, recruiting and business consulting services. Having a strong entrepreneurial spirit herself, Heather loves that she was afforded a career that allows her to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs in a way that has a positive effect on their businesses and on their lives. She also adds, "I love working for HireEffect because we are a conscious, purpose-driven business that puts people first."
In addition to her role at HireEffect, she is a proud, seven-year volunteer with RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. After being told she likely would never be able to have a biological child of her own, she never gave up on her dream. After 5 IUIs, 6 ivfs, 3 miscarriages, hundreds of shots/needles, endless trips across the country for experimental procedures and years of emotional ups and downs...
Her son Jaxon was born!
Heather is incredibly thankful for RESOLVE and says her son would not be here today without their amazing support. Over the past four years, she has said yes to being co-chair of their annual Dallas Walk of Hope, an event to drive awareness and funding for this essential cause. 1 in 8 are faced with some sort of infertility challenge, so it's likely you know more than one person who has dealt with such issues. If you do know someone who is going through infertility struggles, they do not have to do it alone. Please have them reach out to Heather directly and/or they can find resources at www.resolve.org.
Heather is proud to be a voice for those who are struggling with infertility, because so many are still silent.
This 2019 Dallas Walk of Hope takes place on May 11th at 9am in Exall Park. If you would like to walk or volunteer, feel free to contact Heather directly and/or visit the website here.
Heather proudly states: "I walk so that those who can't get help today can get help tomorrow."
Heather resides in Frisco with her husband of 11 years, Ty Weatherly and their five year-old son Jaxton. Her husband is a full-time guitar/bass teacher and plays Bass in the band "Desperado," a tribute to the Eagles. They play all around and often sell out crowds in the thousands. Heather is a huge fan and rarely misses a show.
Jaxton is also showing some musical and artistic talent and is in Kindergarten at the Musical Arts School House. He is often seen and heard singing songs or jamming out to Kiss, the Eagles or even Journey (can you tell what era his parents are from...)
Thank you Heather for being an amazing Heart Sister!