Wild (adj.): Having the courage

to bring the gift of all of who you are
to all of what you do.

- Chris Heeter

What We Do

Speaking

A Wild remedy for boring meetings, disengaged teams, or frantic leaders.

Speaking Topics

Team Building / Training

Daring teams to think Wildly and work differently together.

Training Programs

Wilderness Trips

Say yes to your Wild Spirit that is so ready for a little elbow room.

Upcoming Trips

Because the world needs a lot more Wild.

Your presentation at our leadership summit was clever, insightful and touching. Thank you for bringing WILD to Wells Fargo!

VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Wells Fargo

The Wild Institute Founder, Chris Heeter

As a wilderness guide for more than 30 years, Chris Heeter brings her Wild perspective to help organizations work together more creatively, collaboratively, and courageously.

Featured above is the full 15-minute Flashpoint session from MPI’s World Education Congress. For a 2-minute video, visit the speaking page.

Chris is an energetic and entertaining speaker that can really influence and teach employees how to improve teamwork and leverage strengths to deliver results.

Project Management Institute Conference Chair, Cargill

Audiences Love The Wild Message

"Chris’ message is timeless. She’s a fantastic speaker. Chris is what every speaker needs to be. She’s contagious in the way she presents."

"Infectious! If everyone operated the way she did, we’d get so much done and
have so much fun."

"Loved her energy and spirit and how I can bring this back to my team."

"We all need to get a little more Wild about how we’re living and I felt inspired!"

"I could listen to Chris again and again.
Fantastic message!"

Downsizing brought our productivity to an all time low. Chris' “Wild at Work” seminar brought life back into our team and reinvigorated our desire for the college’s success.

Director of Advancement, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Clients who have chosen the Wild Approach

Wild at Work enlivens organizations through perspective, hilarious stories, interaction, and Wild principals that help leaders, teams, and individuals be more creative, courageous, and collaborative.

Downsizing brought our productivity to an all time low. Chris' “Wild at Work” seminar brought life back into our team and reinvigorated our desire for the college’s success.

Director of Advancement, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Wild Thoughts

Weekly poems, musings, and dares designed to inspire leaders, teams,  and your own Wild and precious life.

I wish you peace

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I wish you peace I wish you peaceful silence at least for moments in this world that holds so much volume.   I wish for you moments of bliss when it is quiet inside and outside of you. Perhaps it will come late at night or in the pre-dawn morning….

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Contrast

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What words can be said, really,
in the face of wind and water so strong
it tears down buildings or submerges them?
At the same time, fires rage unquenched out west
despite all that water swirling many miles away.

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Listening

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Sometimes all I can think to do is go outside.

When people or politics press too close.
When this country glaringly misaligns with what I hold dear.
When time feels slippery in its passing.

Sometimes all I can think to do is go outside.

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Progress, I suppose

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There is no way there are golden retrievers in the Amazon.
I watch my wooly golden girl on humid days
as she walks slowly, heavily, even her whiskers droop.
She gives me a mournful look as we get back to the house
clearly asking if we can move further north than our Minnesota home.

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Independence Day

Independence Day

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Fireworks.

People love em or hate em.
I would fall into the latter category.
Mostly for my dogs
who suffer through what has become
two weeks of inexplicable (to them) and random
explosions that go on into the early hours of the morning.

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How We See the Rain

How we see the rain

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Hard rain.
The kind that pounds the ground and splashes up
caking low leaves in mud
spattering dirt into mosaic designs on higher foliage.

Five minutes later…

Bright sun.
Clear delicious air, the kind that only comes after rain.
Wind, even blue sky amidst the dazzling clouds.

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This is a joyful poem

This is a joyful poem

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This is a joyful poem.
 
I was going to write about poppies.
About the way they shoot skyward
then burst into color so rich
that you feel it as well as see it.
 
It was to be a simple poem
about being in the moment.
The poppies a lovely example
of something glorious and fleeting,
as their paper thin petals
last but a few days.

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Neighbors

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The birds start before dawn
when there is just a hint of light in the dark sky.
I like to think they are greeting the day
although there is a lot else going on to be sure.
From territory disputes to nest building
laying, incubating, or hatching
calling to one another
or, I’m just certain, singing because it’s morning.

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