Employee Spotlight: Heidi Durham

POSTED BY on Feb 9, 2016

Heidi is Hornall Anderson’s resident guru—a seeker and source of all things inspirational, spiritual and action-filled. When not in the office, you can find her out in the wild…literally.

Meet Heidi Durham, Strategy Director at our Seattle office.

1. Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you from? 

I have lived in 10 US states, Hong Kong and Ethiopia. Seattle is the longest I have lived anywhere and it is definitely my home because of our endless mountains to climb, water to paddle, single track MTB trails to ride, and trails to run. The wildlife and trees here stir my soul.

2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

My sabbatical in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where I spent a year volunteering with Right To Play, an athlete-driven humanitarian organization that uses sport and play to teach underserved children what joy feels like, how to be healthy, kind and take care of themselves and each other.

3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Playing on glaciers, mountain biking, SUP, reading and writing poetry, getting lost in field guides (birds, foraging, trees and animal tracks). I am also pretty obsessed with survival skills so I can get myself and others out of any kind of challenge nature or natural disaster may offer.

4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

Three things that flow into one… my Sweets, my Shambhala Buddhist spiritual Path and our glorious natural wonder world.

5. What is your hidden talent?

I am D1 striker in my core. Need a ringer for almost any athletic pursuit, I am your gal.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

The words, “I can’t.” Since I was tiny, I have always believed in the possible.

7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?

I adore owls.

My love affair began on early morning trail runs as Barred Owls would attempt to grab my ponytail for their morning playtime. I am a particular fan of the Snowy, Pygmy, Barred, Great Horned and Burrowing. We always seem to find each other.

8. Name 3 things on your bucket list:

– Climb Denali in 2017.

– Silent solo retreat in Pharping, Nepal, where the Buddha, my Shambhala teacher (Sakyong Mipham), and other gurus have practiced and composed incredible teachings.

– Building our mountain house in Mazama, WA, that will also have a small meditation and experiential learning center with minimalist modern retreat cabins on the property for people to come restore, reflect and put their dreams into motion.

9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?

I have two…

“Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda

“No mud, no lotus.” – Buddha

10.  Name a favorite line from a movie. 

“May the odds be ever in your favor…”  – Hunger Games

11.  Favorite thing about my job.

Feeling people living their craft daily and intimately seeing how it manifests as a powerful tool to empower organizations and teams to do their good in the world.




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