Heather Louise Finch
Founder & Chief Connecting Officer

Heather Louise Finch is a communication strategist who partners with CEO’s, executives and solopreneurs to grow their personal and professional brands. She has extensive experience working in PR, events, consulting and marketing for many multimillion-dollar brands and startups. She is the Founder and Chief Connection Officer of LeadersNest, which was established in January 2018, a subsidiary of HLF, LLC in Washington D.C. Prior to HLF, LLC,worked for SmartCEO in the Greater Washington, DC region as a market director where she was responsible for SmartCEO’s overall business development and marketing activities in the DC market.She worked with C-level executives to help them grow through involvement with the SmartCEO community. Prior to joining SmartCEO, Heather Louise worked in Raleigh, NC at T.A. Cook, an international management consulting company for asset and operations management. Prior to T.A. Cook, she worked in the North Carolina Governor’s Office of Bev Perdue. She studied in exchange programs in Qatar, Spain, Morocco and Japan where she received the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Scholarship and is involved with a variety of non-profits in the DC Community, such as the Junior League of Washington, Bright Beginnings, Inc.; the March of Dimes; and UNA-NCA. Heather is pursuing her masters in business administration from the George Washington University.

Eric Hal Schwartz
Editor-in-Chief

Eric is a journalist and writer with over a decade of experience reporting on news, technology, business, and policy. He currently works as a freelance reporter and writer for news outlets and blogs around the country. He specializes in science and medical communications. Eric has a six-year record of commended performance as a staff writer for print and online editions of local daily newspapers with circulations of up to 100,000. An enthusiastic writer and detailed reporter with a keen eye for spotting hidden opportunities and unexplored ideas and a reputation for impeccable ethics with a desire to be part of a mission-driven team.

William Brooksbank Burdeshaw (Brooks)
Production Coordinator

William Brooksbank Burdeshaw (Brooks) is a recent graduate of High Point University who completed his BA degree in Communications with a focus in Electronic Media in May of 2018. Brooks has the ability to tackle any media production project with a can do attitude.Before joining LeadersNest Brooks was a legal research intern for Keller Maxson, Inc. in Washington DC where he created media lists, conducted client research maintained client files and analyzed data to help measure results using Google Analytics. Brooks enjoys enjoys hiking, rock climbing and playing soccer with friends on the weekends. While in College, he produced and edited video segments for a weekly newscast at High Point University’s Triad News also shot high-quality footage and streamed the High Point University sporting events year round as well as working as a production assistant setting up and breaking down of sets for the filming of HPU marketing videos.

Yijie Jiang
Marketing & Media Coordinator

Yijie Jiang is a recent graduate of George Washington University where she obtained her masters in Tourism Management with a focus in Sports Management studying in both Washington D.C. and Paris. In addition to getting her masters Yijie has held an internship position with the DC Chamber of Commerce doing administrative work. Yijie has a positive and professional attitude towards events, sports and travel where she blends her work and passions seamlessly for excellent results. Yijie lives by the words she preaches having visited more than 20 countries backpacking alone where she has acquired the ability to adapt to changing demands wherever she may be. In addition to her recent graduate training and working experience she has developed the skills to work proficiently with Facebook, Instagram, WordPress and Wix.com all the while building her own social media and website presence.

Madhiha Anis
Events Team Coordinator

Madhiha Anis is a rising senior at the George Washington University where she studies Economics and journalism. She is currently an events coordinator at LeadersNest where she is responsible for the planning and implementation of all the events. Prior to LeadersNest, Madhiha has worked as an intern for the marketing departments in organizations like MCcann Erikson and Unicef. She hopes to work for the business side of a media organization upon graduating. Outside of work, Madhiha enjoys swimming, trying out new cuisines and watching movies. Madhiha is currently obtaining a BS degree in Economics and a minor in journalism.