Heather Beaven has a record of service to the United States and every generation of her family has served since the American Revolution. A strong fighter for the middle class families of northeast Florida, Heather Beaven joined the U.S. Navy as a young woman. During her naval service, Beaven was a cryptologist who was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal and selected by President Bill Clinton to serve on the USS Kinkaid, a Spruance-class destroyer, making her one of the first ten female sailors to serve on a combat-ready vessel. Her husband, Douglas, is a U.S. Army reservist who has served in Afghanistan.
Beaven is a University of Missouri and University of North Florida graduate with a master’s degree in public administration.
In 1997, at the age of 28, she was appointed by Kansas Gov. Bill Graves, a Republican, to oversee the Workforce Investment Act, Veteran Employment and Training Services, and other labor and workforce training programs.
Beaven continues her commitment to her community by mentoring and educating youth. She is the CEO of The Florida Endowment Foundation, a non-profit educational enrichment program where she focuses her energy on helping 5,000 young Floridians finish school and learn the valuable job skills they need in order to become successful adults.
Today, Heather Beaven is an internationally-renowned education and workforce development expert, author, consultant and speaker. Her work spans the distance between individuals and workforces – homes and corporations. The “treasure” philosophy that is now synonymous with her name result in customized solutions for education that are innovative, practical and ensure long-term success. Since 1995, Heather has led teams built to transform the way individuals plan for and pursue the right job for them.
As a speaker, media personality, and corporate spokesperson, Heather is known for her passionate, articulate style and warm sense of humor. She is a contributor to many blogs, helping students solve problems by inspiring passion, drive and follow-through in their lives through her blog.
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Heather Beaven is the leader of the Florida Endowment Foundation, workforce development, education and career expert, and media personality.
When Douglas Beaven isn't fighting terrorism, he manages the daily activities of the Foundation's Treasure Hunters!
When it comes to taking care of business, Laura Perkins is your woman! She manages all the accounting and administrative functions of making sure our students get what they need to be successful!
Aurélia Bickler is our vice president of alumni services. She takes care of all educational and administrative aspects for the Foundation.
The Dream starts with work. It’s time to admit this is more than a recession - it’s a changing economy.
Heather Beaven has served our country honorably as a Navy cryptologist. Heather's experience in the military and her husband's deployment demonstrate that she'll fight for service members and their families. We appreciate that Heather recognizes that decreasing the military's reliance on fossil fuels helps keep our troops safe.
Heather’s vision of a new American economy is one grounded upon personal experience and a proven track record as a businesswoman, someone who knows what is needed for the real job creators of America – small businessmen and women.
Beaven’s view of the future is one of hope and vision: She sees the United States as being in the middle of an economic transformation, and she believes that’s what we need to focus on.