Heather Champion


Heather has over 20 years combined experience in research, evaluation, and leadership development and has worked with clients from a broad range of sectors including government, finance, manufacturing, technology, nonprofits, and early leadership development, but has extensive experience in the healthcare sector including public health, healthcare systems, and healthcare foundations. Since 2008, when Heather joined the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research, she has provided evaluation, research, and discovery services globally, including in North America, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Heather has lead the implementation of systems to standardize and automate data collection and client feedback. She has provided evaluation capability development workshops for internal staff and external clients. Heather has extensive experience with grant-funded and third-party funded projects including funding from foundations, federal agencies, and other organizations. Heather has expertise with a wide range of evaluation methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, including leader analytics, measuring ROI, success case methodology, the evaluation of action learning and action development, executive coaching, and social network analysis.

Current Role

Heather is the Manager of Client Evalution Services and a Senior Evaluation Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership. In this capacity, she works with CCL staff, global clients, and external evaluators to design and conduct customized evaluations for CCL programs, products, and services. This work includes identifying organizational and leader needs, articulating program outcomes, selecting the most appropriate methods for evaluating initiatives for improvement and impact, and reporting the findings to key stakeholders. Heather also serves as a subject matter expert for CCL’s Leader Analytics services.

In addition to providing evaluation services, Heather has lead organizational efforts to implement standardized systems for evaluation and discovery services and data management across the organization to improve CCL’s understanding of the impact of our leadership solutions and to improve clients’ ability to make data-driven decisions.

Areas of Expertise

Evaluation, Research, Leadership Development, Leader Analytics, Organizational Development, Culture Change, Action Learning

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University
M.S. in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University
B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina State University
Post-doctoral fellowship in adolescent health at Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Professional Affiliations

Heather is a member of the American Evaluation Association, Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists, and International Leadership Association

Select CCL Publications

  • Chandrasekar A., Champion H. (2019). A Strategic Multi-year Needs Assessment: Leadership Development for a Global Firm. A practical guide to needs assessment, 3rd Edition. Sleezer, Russ-Eft, & Gupta.
  • Patterson TE, Dinkin D, & Champion H. (2017). Team sponsors in community-based health leadership programs. Leadership in Health Services. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-10-2016-0054
  • Patterson T, Stawiski S, Hannum K, Champion H, Downs H. Evaluating the Impact of Leadership Development, 2nd Edition. 2017.
  • Young S, Champion H, Raper M, Braddy P. Adding More Fuel to the Fire: How Bosses Can Make or Break Leadership Development Efforts, January 2017, updated September 2017.
  • Stawiski S, Champion H, Patterson T. Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders, Center for Creative Leadership, December 2012.
  • Browning H, Torain D, Patterson T. Champion H, Gurvis J, Harrison C.  Collaborative Healthcare Leadership: A Six-Part Model for Adapting and Thriving During a Time of Transformative Change, Center for Creative Leadership, April 2011.
  • Patterson T, Champion H, Browning H, Torain D, Harrison C, Gurvis J, Fleenor J, Campbell M.  Addressing the Leadership Gap in Healthcare:  What’s needed when it comes to leader talent? Center for Creative Leadership, July 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

See Heather’s Curriculum Vitae

Honors, Awards, Grants

  • Community Coalitions Leadership Program ($1,599,723), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012-2015.
  • Youth Voices for Peace: Kenya ($119,818), United States Institutes of Peace, 2012-2014.
  • Expanded YMCA Black & Hispanic Achiever’s Mentoring Program ($498,000), Office of Juvenile Justice and   Delinquency Prevention, 2009-2013.
  • National Public Health Leaders Institute: Redesign Options ($50,000), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012-2013.
  • Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders ($4,000,000), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2008-2012.
  • Evaluation of Youth LINKS ($12,000), Global Nomads Group, 2012.
  • Evaluation and Capacity Development of Leadership Development Programs ($75,000), National Health Service, South Central, UK, 2009-2010.
  • Advancing Public Health Practice & Policy Solutions Initiative ($199,998), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2008-2010.
  • Rapid Response to Problem Drinking on College Campuses ($2,070,000), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2003-2009.
  • Study to Prevent Alcohol Related Consequences II: Using a community organizing approach to implement environmental strategies in and around the college campus ($1,200,000), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2007-2008.
  • National Evaluation of Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($5,330,000), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2001-2008.
  • Study to Prevent Alcohol-related consequences: Using a community organizing approach to implement environmental strategies in and around the college campus ($$1,883,000), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2002-2007.
  • National Evaluation of the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program ($1,990,000), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2001-2003.

Current Projects

Leadership Discovery Practice: Codifying the best practices, tools, and approaches for assessing leadership development needs and organizational culture.

Leader Development Impact Point of View: Demonstrating the value and impact of leadership development solutions.

Enterprise Client Feedback System: Standardizing and automating participant and client feedback to improve data-driven decisions for our clients and for CCL.

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