September 1, 2014

2014 40 Under Forty: Brenda Heller

Outreach/Project Manager, Veterans Inc., Worcester

Birthplace: Ashland


Residence: Northborough


High school: Ashland High School


Colleges and degrees earned: Bachelor's degree in psychology, Norwich University; master's in industrial and organizational psychology, Capella University

Career highlights: Outreach manager, leading team of five individuals serving more than 1,000 veterans and seven grants; U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer; company commander, ambulance PLT leader, paratrooper, Expert Field Medical Badge. Veterans Inc. Employee of the Year, 2013. Project manager for a multimillion-dollar renovation project providing homes for 20 veterans. Awarded scholarship for Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Program. Fostered and cultivated relationship with Fortune 500 company, resulting in $350,000 in donations and partnerships across New England.

Community involvement: Women Veterans Network Steering Committee. Mentor for Boots to Business, a program of the Mass. Department of Veterans Services. Volunteered as a local VSO agent. Guest speaker at the New England Communities Coordinator Conference for The Home Depot and Corridor Nine 2014; Girls Inc. and Boots to Business Orientation 2013.

Favorite book: "25 Ways to Win With People," by John C. Maxwell

Hidden talents: Canvas and mural painting

"If I were to win $1 million in the lottery, I would … invest in my children's education."

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