We often try to have it all. As leaders in the community, we work to better serve those around us. In our careers, we are rising to the top of our game. As the narrator of our lives, we strive to take care of others while also acknowledging our own needs. It can be quite a challenge to keep all of this in balance.  

Wake Up is excited to bring you a unique opportunity to work with Heather McKissick, a recognized leader and experienced facilitator who has guided hundreds of professionals throughout her career. Heather will share her method – “The Three Cs”- and along with co-facilitator Sheila Armitage, will outline the important relationship between Community, Career and Caring.

You will work with Heather and Sheila in small groups and 1x1, gaining insight into how you are spending your energy, understand how to tap into what inspires you, and integrate these learnings into your daily reality. You will leave this day with constructive takeaways and a customized Intentional Development Plan. 

Together, we will:

  • Build intentionality around what type of career you want to create
  • Balance service for the community, as well as your personal relationships
  • Prioritize self-care so you may better care for others
  • Help you articulate your personal story around building the life that you want
"There's been no stronger advocate for the young professionals in our community than Heather. She serves as a true leader that helps Austin live up to its potential."
- Matt Glazer, Executive Director, Austin Young Chamber
"…I learned how to shift my thinking… I have overcome so many worries and fears.  The whole experience with Sheila was amazing!  I would recommend it to anyone."
- Carrie McIntyre


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Included are all materials, pens and customized workbooks. We will be serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, as well as a delicious and organic locally catered lunch. We will gather at Vuka (411 W. Monroe St.), just one mile South of downtown Austin, off of South 1st. Parking is plentiful in the old Jovita's lot (1619 S. 1st St.) If we can provide additional information or if you would like to share any ideas or comments, please click "contact" and send us a note. Thank you in advance for making this investment in yourself. We look forward to welcoming you to Wake Up!



Heather McKissick

Heather is an organizational development specialist with specific expertise in leadership development, change management and facilitation. As Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at University Federal Credit Union (UFCU), Austin’s largest locally-owned financial institution, she is responsible for overall organizational development which focuses on nurturing and building a strong and effective workforce that provides for the well-being of UFCU’s members.

She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Austin, a non-profit organization where people of diverse backgrounds and experience come together to learn about civic leadership, engage in meaningful dialogue about important public issues, and collaborate to make a difference in Central Texas. Prior to Leadership Austin, she served as Director of Organizational Development and Education for the Seton Healthcare Family, one of Austin’s largest employers. Before Seton, she was at the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) as an Organizational Development Specialist and Manager of Learning and Performance. She is also a former Global Communication Specialist for Motorola Semiconductor Product Sector. 

Adding to her expertise in business communication and curriculum development, Heather is the former Assistant Dean of Humanities at St. Edward's University, where she also served as a faculty member and advisor to graduate and undergraduate students. She believes strongly in community service and applies her experience as a mentor and volunteer to a wide array of organizations. She is a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Young Women’s Alliance, and Chairs the Advisory Council for the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, which named her “2013 Inspiring Leader of the Year.”  Heather is a recipient of the Austin Business Journal 2010 “Profiles in Power” award and received the Girl Scouts of Central Texas esteemed “Women of Distinction” designation in 2014. In March of 2015 she was named Austin Under 40 “Mentor of the Year”.


Sheila Armitage, Ph.D. (Cand,) LL. B. (Hons) 

Now an authenticity and life balance coach, Sheila Armitage has worked internationally as an organizational learning expert and coach with Fortune 10 to 500 companies (including IBM, Dell, Sony, Columbia), governments, non-profits (including Seton Healthcare Network, and Catholic Healthcare West), educational institutions, small businesses, and individuals. As a consultant, she has designed and facilitated high impact learning programs, strategy sessions, coaching programs, and retreats.

With over 20 years of leadership, communications, team and sales training experience, she is known for her candor, practical problem solving, and ability to navigate through tough conversations with transparency. Trained as a lawyer in Britain, Sheila moved into training and organizational development in the US. She became Director of International Corporate Training at Pharmaco/PPD, the largest global contract research organization in drug development. She is currently completing her Ph.D. Dissertation on work-life integration, and what it takes to fully bridge life between work and home, after choosing to leave the “consulting road most traveled” to be more present for her family.

Committed to health, animal welfare, and personal growth, Sheila has served multiple terms on the Board of the International Society of Performance Improvement and The Seton Cove, a spirituality center in Austin. She currently serves on the Seton Southwest Community Advisory Committee, The Seton Patient Experience Steering Committee, Red Arena’s Funding Committee, is a side walker in therapy sessions for Red Arena, and is a global mentor for Ubiquity University. She coaches and mentors young women and girls, volunteering for GENAustin, Leadership Austin, and for health, animal, and empowerment causes.