Heather Clayton Terry, MPA is an advocate, coach and an adviser for women and minorities in pursuit of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) degrees and/or professions in industry. She currently works for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She is the Associate Director for Women in Science and Engineering. She advises the WISER (Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable) student group and provides individual coaching to women and minorities who need help navigating male dominated fields. Her focus is on helping people find their voice through leadership, mentorship and outreach programs. In this role, Heather also worked in collaboration with other offices to establish the Women of Color Series, the LGBT and Women’s Center Collaborative, the Women’s Health Series and brought together a group of peers to research and request alternative family building polices for staff and faculty of CWRU through the Family Equity Committee. Heather is a native Clevelander and first generation college graduate. Heather has worked as a Project Manager for the SMART (Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation) Center at CWRU as well as worked as the Francis H. Beam, Jr. Fellow for the Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio. At Saint Luke’s Foundation, she provided $2.4 million in support to local nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Heather spent six years managing program initiatives for the Cleveland Public Library as well as taught adolescents in programs such as the NASA Workforce and Economic Division - Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Program.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. She earned a graduate Nonprofit Management Certificate from Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, holds an Executive Coaching, an Emotionally Intelligent Leader and a Women in Leadership Certificate from Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU. She is a certified vocational auto-mechanic, an internationally acclaimed vocalist and a published ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) writer who has been featured in 12 international compilation albums. She received the NEO 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Award through the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club & Inside Business Magazine and graduated from the Cleveland Bridge Builders program. Heather is a member of a several committees: Family Equity Committee at CWRU, President's Advisory Council on Minorities at CWRU, African American Campus Community Resource Group at CWRU, Board Development Committee member for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and TECH CORPS Northeast Ohio Regional Steering Committee member.
She is a passionate about coaching, women of color intersectional initiatives, endometriosis awareness programs and diversity and inclusion driven policy change.