We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Ning Aberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I have had to learn to trust in myself and others. So much of doing something new is believing that your efforts will be worth it, people will help you and that the journey will, most often, work out. There is a vulnerability to starting something new and I believe it has been important to let people know that I needed their support, input and suggestions. Gathering information from different resources has helped me to make my best decisions.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been privileged all my life- great home, family, education- and knew I wanted to leverage this to help others. But before that, I pursued a career in mogul skiing! I skied on the US Ski Team (specializing in moguls) and then finished college and my social work graduate program. Skiing felt very selfish but I learned skills about hard-work, persistence and luck. These can all be applied to starting a nonprofit since there are challenging moments that test my attitude and grit. Gratitude is what keeps me afloat.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love museums, concerts and walking around the city. But more than that, I like to be in nature and feel like that is where deeper conversations and true relaxation can happen. I would say that Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs (especially the Crystal Wizard Shop) and the Cog Railway hike would be a day. Another day would be Boulder- walking around town and a hike at Chautauqua Park. I love the Boulder Book Store and lentil chips from Trader Joe’s. Next we would definitely go west! Maybe an easy 14er, stroll in Frisco and a good cup of coffee. Camping next to a river for a night or two on Jones Pass would be relaxing and beautiful. Lastly, I would love to see a play at a small venue like Miner’s Alley or Ovation West in Evergreen. I love musicals!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A shout out my philanthropic parents and brother, my dear friends and all of the staff and volunteers of the organization. Thanks to you we are creating change in our community!