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Planting Seeds for Change

Plantando Semillas para el Cambio

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  • Keynote

  • Workshop/Retreat Facilitator

  • Lecturer, Presenter, Emcee

  • Bilingual, English, or Spanish

  • Interpreter, Translator, & Cultural Guide

  • Virtual, in-person, or hybrid


  • Host circles grounded in deep listening, reflection, and humanization of all people

  • Bilingual, English, or Spanish

  • Virtual, in-person, or hybrid


Sample Topics:

  • Diversity, Advocacy, Equity, Diverse Communities, Domestic Violence, Gender, Interdisciplinary Curriculum, DEI, Education, Child Development


  • Compassionate, holistic coaching

  • Life, Leadership, & Executive 

  • Bilingual, English, or Spanish

  • Virtual, in-person, or hybrid


Brief examples of service, work, mentoring, & accomplishments

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Facilitator Retreat Leader Hathaway Miranda LLC with Vilaro Correa
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Facilitator Retreat Leader Hathaway Miranda LLC Ballet Hispanico
Hiked Incan Trail to Machu Picchu, 4 days
LLAA Gala BOD Member 2015
Building Bunkbeds on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD Hathaway Miranda LLC
Midwestern University Oak Brook DV Hathaway Miranda LLC 2016
Michigan State Univ. Zavala Award
UIC Impact Day 2017
Teaching & Mentoring-Research
Honor Societies
MLK Scholarship HAHM
Chicago Illini of the Year 2015


Heather A. Hathaway Miranda, M.A. is a highly articulate bilingual, bicultural Latina and an award-winning, international speaker with over 25 years of multidisciplinary experience as a researcher and educator specializing in a range of academic subjects intersecting race, ethnicity, class, gender, and disparity. Heather is fierce when it comes to injustice. As a scholar-activist, TRHT Greater Chicago-trained racial healing practitioner, and consultant through Hathaway Miranda LLC, her passion is to advocate for underserved communities by raising consciousness about oppressive issues, practices, and systems locally, nationally, and internationally. She has worked professionally with issues of diversity & inclusion and has utilized Spanish for over 3 decades from research to high school and university classrooms to community work.

She is the Founder and Owner of Hathaway Miranda LLC through which she offers keynote speaking, workshop facilitation, consulting, coaching, teaching, and racial healing. She aims to be a compassionate servant leader. Some of her clients/partnerships include the American Medical Association, AARP, University of Illinois, Michigan State University, R.Evolución Latina, Ballet Hispánico, Universidad de Guanajuato, Millikin University, THRT Greater Chicago, Windy City Rollers, Chicago Public Schools, and PODERworks.

Throughout the years, Heather has taught courses and has delivered motivational and informational presentations at institutions such as Michigan State University, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Penn State University, Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico), Northeastern Illinois University, University of Northern Iowa, Lewis University, St. Xavier University, Cornell College as well as in non-profit, church, high school, and preschool settings.


Additionally, she has presented her research at countless universities in the U.S. and abroad including, for example, Universidad de los Andes-Bogotá, Colombia, University of Auckland-New Zealand, George Washington University, and the University of Southern California. During her first year of teaching high school in an all African American male school, she was elected the Hardest Working Teacher. More recently she received a Faculty Woman of Distinction Award at Saint Xavier University. In 2019, at the Chicago Board of Education, Heather delivered supportive testimony to recognize Indigenous People’s Day.

For more than 6 years, Heather has been a sought-after motivational speaker for Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services, helping to earn thousands through her vulnerable storytelling as a survivor of domestic violence. As a member of the Speaker’s Bureau, she has addressed over 100+ member audiences and has been a critical part of helping the development team secure funding to address domestic violence.

Her academic pursuits have hurled her through such prestigious institutions as the University of Illinois-both (Champaign and Chicago), Michigan State University, Yale University, Autonomous University of Southern Baja California (Mexico), and University of Guanajuato (Mexico). As a PhD student in Policy Studies in Urban Education, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA while caring for a parent with cancer, surviving domestic violence, experiencing pregnancy loss, and being a sole custodial parent. Heather is a proud first-generation college degree recipient and her travels include: all 50 states, 31 Mexican states, 35+ countries, and 25+ National Parks. In recent years, she has been a professor of English at the prestigious National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)-Chicago. She is a self-taught photographer, a survivor of domestic violence, and a
parent to a compassionate 10-year old who is a voracious reader. In 2021, Heather was married on
ABC's Good Morning America and is now a proud military spouse to an Army officer who has
served 31 years.



Chicago, IL 


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Select Professional Services Provided:

Keynote- Michigan State University's Women's Resource Center "Wise Women Rise" Conference, October 22, 2015

Keynote-Millikin University "Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community" October 6, 2020


Keynote-Universidad de Guanajuato "Evolution & Transformation of the Chingona Woman-Constructing Society", November 8, 2021

Facilitator / Retreat Leader, Latinx Dance Leader Convening, Ballet Hispánico, New York, September 2019

Racial Healing Circles-American Medical Association, 2021

Consultant & Racial Healing Circles-Anti-racism & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion initiative, Windy City Rollers, Chicago, IL 2021-2022

Consultant, Retreat Facilitator, Workshops-Senior Advisor for Strategic Operations, R.Evolución Latina, New York City, NY 2020-present

Consultant, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, San Antonio Public Library, Friends of SAPL, & MJ Gomez Associates 2022-23 

Workshop Presentation-Black & Indigenous Roots in Latin America, AARP, 2021 & 2022

Workshop Presentations-Multiracial Families & Allyship, Blue Star Families, 2021

Workshop Presentations & Racial Healing Circle-California Library Association Fellows/LEO, 2021-2022

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