Speaker Profile

Heather Kernahan
President, North America / Hotwire Global Communications

Heather Kernahan is a global marketing expert and business leader who has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Bizwomen, PR Week and Adweek. Ms. Kernahan currently serves as the president of North America at Hotwire, an award-winning global communications agency. She leads offices in San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis and Mexico City, and, as a member of the Hotwire global leadership team, she has been the driving force behind Hotwire’s three-year strategy to expand the business. Heather has challenged the status quo for Hotwire, allowing the firm to think farther into the future. Previously, Ms. Kernahan held senior marketing and leadership roles at Enphase Energy and Autodesk. She has focused on integrated brand communications strategies including campaign development, corporate marketing, product marketing, IPO and M&A communications strategy. Heather consistently offers her knowledge and expertise to her community. Ms. Kernahan is a strategic advisor to many startups, such as Women’s Startup Lab, Women to Watch Media and Boatsetter, and an investment partner with Portfolia. A sought-after speaker on marketing and business leadership topics, her recent speaking events include the Holmes Report Global PR Summit, Tech in Motion and more. Heather received her Master of Business Administration in sustainable enterprise from Dominican University of California.