It is our sincere pleasure to introduce our community to Sandy Heydt, a new SVP Partner who joined SVP Boulder County in Spring 2023.
After a successful career in the luxury hotel industry and running her own consulting business, Sandy moved to Boulder in October 2022. She wanted to live closer to the mountains and ease back from full-time work. “This is my happy place. I love living next to the hiking trails and exploring the mountains. I like the yoga community. I also love that there is a university here that brings all that great youthful energy and intellectual pursuits. I go to the CU Presents events and am amazed at the world class performances right in our back yard,” said Sandy.
While searching for ways to volunteer in Boulder, Sandy came across SVP Boulder County and was intrigued by SVP’s model. Sandy shares, “I have always volunteered in some manner in my adult life. It has been a welcome change to the pressure of my paying positions and consulting practice because I could put my energy into something which I was super passionate about, get out of the board rooms, and enjoy things like teaching swimming to people with Down Syndrome. When I moved to Boulder, I looked around at different organizations that seemed of interest to me in which to get involved. I liked the concept of SVP where I could use my skills with an organization that was doing good things in the world and where my donation dollars would be put to good use.”
Passionate about women’s and girls causes, Sandy will be co-leading SVP’s new Catapult engagement with Women’s Wilderness. “I’ve always had a soft spot for women’s and girl’s issues. I feel that all over the world, and even still in the United States, girls are not taught that they can be strong, that they can stand alone, and that they can have a voice.” Sandy continues, “I’m an avid outdoors person. I love being in the mountains. It feeds my soul, calms me down, and I also know that physical activity creates confidence. So, everything about Women’s Wilderness speaks to me – to help create and empower strong young women. I hope in my role that I can help Women’s Wilderness become very clear about their mission and how to deliver it.”
Additionally, as a member of the Leadership Development Resource Team, Sandy looks forward to “using my skills and talents to support young leaders and organizations who might be struggling and cannot afford to pay big dollars for consultants. I hope that my interactions and support of individual leaders and groups will positively touch them personally and professionally.”
Sandy Heydt’s impressive professional career includes an extensive background in sales and marketing in the hospitality industry and she recently served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Space Perspective, a luxury space tourism company in Florida. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work/Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Sandy has generously given her time to her community by severing on several nonprofit boards including Maryhurst, Girls Inc., Speed Art Museum, New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Panetiere Partners. Locally, Sandy has begun volunteering for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) as a court advocate, yoga instructor, and is also providing spiritual care.
In her free time, Sandy enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, travel, classical arts, and immersion in other cultures. She came to Boulder because of the strong Buddhist community and next March will complete a Buddhist chaplaincy training program.
Please join us in welcoming Sandy Heydt to SVP Boulder County!