Heather Swan

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Heather Swan

As the World’s most experienced woman wingsuit pilot Heather also has many ‘world-firsts and one-offs’ to her credit. Heather has climbed high Himalayan mountains; and then jumped off. She has flown across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim; made the first wingsuit flights in Antarctica; across the Australian Outback – Lake Eyre, Wilpena Pound and Mt Connor; across urban landscapes – Sydney Harbour, Melbourne and Brisbane cities, to mention just a few.

Each of these missions required the perfect balance of skill, confidence, strategic planning and meticulous rick management. Heather might sound like a ‘super-woman’, but she is surprisingly, disarmingly normal – a former high-level marketing and then management executive, a wife, mother and recently a grandmother. She started her adventure career in her late thirties, with no background in athleticism and an ‘over-active fear system’, yet she has consciously pushed through self-imposed limits time and time again, going on to achieve almost unimaginable things. She attributes her ongoing success to her mental and physical training – a simple, yet powerful approach centred around Mindfulness that anyone can use to be healthier, happier and more effective in life and business.

Heather also has the rare talent of a natural story teller, someone who can take their own experiences and share them in a way that is not only entertaining and inspiring but insightful. Her presentations, supported by literally breathtaking video and images, are full of wisdom, strategies and take-away lessons anyone can use.

Heather has appeared on countless television programs, four documentaries including, ‘ The Search for Freedom’, she has authored three successful books and spoken at major events around the world. As her achievement list grows, so too her story changes and evolves.

Heather can surprise, engage, entertain, inspire, energise and challenge audiences toward positive personal transformation. She can show them how to be resilient in the face of constant change, to be strong and to believe in themselves. She can demonstrate the power of personal responsibility a shared vision, personal leadership, the value of commitment and the power of persistence. She can give them strategies for a healthier, happier, empowered life.

Speaking Topic

FINDING BRAVE – Heather’s personal story and her philosophy for health, happiness and achievement.


  • Defying Gravity – creating power and lightness in life and business.
  • Just Begin – how small steps, can lead to big change and big results.
  • Handmade Happiness – the power of mindfulness to harness fear and limiting beliefs to transform our reality.
  • Planning for your Future Self – do something every day your future self will thank you for.
  • Adventures Together – the power of partnership.


“It gave me so much pleasure to look around our audience last Friday and watch their faces as your story unfolded. You had them mesmerised. I’ve since received countless emails from people saying how much they enjoyed your presentation and many of our regular Business Chicks even went so far as to say that you’re the best speaker they’ve ever heard. I’m so grateful that you were able to inject inspiration and motivation into our chicks. I’m not sure you quite understand the impact your message has Heather, you elevate all of whom you meet, and challenge them to rise above what they feel they’re capable of. Me included!!! After seeing your ‘To-Do List’ (mine pales in comparison) I’m committed to taking on more and pushing myself. It’s fun being fearless!”
Emma Brown – The Chief Chick, Business Chicks

“My legs are still shaking after your presentation today – it was life changing, so thank you very much. I loved the combination of actually seeing moments from your journey, and hearing the lessons you learnt along the way, and the inspiring quotes. Thank you so much for sharing your story as it is certainly jaw dropping.”
Ruth Morgan

“What I loved most about Heather’s presentation was that we not only got to hear her speak about her amazing experiences but we also saw real footage of them (as she spoke) which made you feel like you were there witnessing it first hand. Heather is an amazing woman and a fabulous speaker with loads of passion and energy. I couldn’t help but rush home to tell my husband and two children about her story. I walked away feeling inspired and empowered!”
Australian Institute of Management – Women in Management

“The best keynote I’ve heard.”
Gary Cobley, OPTUS

“Hi Heather, You spoke to us yesterday at the Westin and I just wanted to say how moved I was by listening to your story. You’ve really inspired me to stop saying ‘can’t’ and push myself to conquer the things I fear (work, social, physical). I’ve just bought your book online and am really looking forward to reading it. I’ve even called my sister in London (another professional woman pushing herself every day to overcome her fears), to say listen to what THIS woman did! You’re a true inspiration. Once again, thank you for sharing your amazing story.”
Stacey White, The LiTMUS Group