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 the unique opportunity to work with Heather McKissick, a recognized leader and experienced facilitator who has guided and mentored hundreds of professionals throughout her career. Heather will share her method toward balance – “The Three Cs”- and along with co-facilitator Sheila Armitage, will outline the important relationship between Community, Career and Caring in living your best life.

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 to move forward in balance.

5 things you will learn:

  • How to build intentionality around what type of career you want to create
  • How to divide and allocate your time and health as a resource
  • Balancing service for the community, as well as your personal relationships
  • When to prioritize self-care so you may better care for others
  • Help you articulate your personal story around building the life that you want


Prereqs & Preparation

Our day will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude around 5 p.m. 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!


About our Facilitator

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., LL.B. (Hons)

After years of witnessing burnout in business and healthcare, and personally experiencing burnout from intense-travel consulting, Sheila now focuses on helping others live in alignment with what matters most to them through resilience, energy management, authentic leadership, and self-care. She combines nature and horses with traditional learning modalities for powerful results. 

She has worked internationally as a leadership and organizational learning expert and coach with Fortune 10 to 500 companies, government, non-profits, educational institutions, small businesses, and individuals. Sheila has worked with C-level leaders through to front-line staff from diverse industries.

With over 20 years of leadership, communications, change, team and sales training experience, she is known for her candor, practical problem solving, and her ability to ask penetrating questions and navigate through tough conversations. Sample clients include IBM, Dell, Sony, Columbia HCA, Seton Healthcare Network, and Catholic Healthcare West.

Committed to health, animal welfare, and learning, she invests her time in these areas. She currently serves on the Seton Southwest Community Advisory Committee, The Seton Patient Experience Steering Committee and on the Chamber Committee for Leadership Dripping Springs. She supports RED Arena, a hippotherapy and equine therapy center, with operations, as a team coach, an advisor to The Board and Executive Director, and as a side walker with clients with disabilities.

What matters most to Sheila is staying healthy, investing time with her family, "ranchette" and animals, friends, community and in nature.