Heather Heckman, our Graphic Designer from the Marketing Team, became the newest recipient of the Warrior Helmet. Heather received the helmet for her team-player attitude, and for always taking on any task no matter what. Thank you for your commitment to COE! Please continue below to read what receiving this helmet meant to Heather.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Winning the warrior helmet was a great deal of shock to me at first, truly. After the initial butterflies wore off, it started to mean much more, and that there were people outside of my own department that saw the work I was doing and wanted me to be recognized in some way for it. It was very heartfelt and sincere. A person that I’ve only been keeping in contact through Zoom calls and email over the better half of last year almost, and despite never bringing up what I do or the process that it takes to do it all of the time because it is my job, they still know that I’m working very hard in this virtual lifestyle that we’re all embracing now. It’s an amazing feeling because not too many people know just how tedious or how long working on the yearly catalogs can become during the holiday seasons.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

The qualities of character that I looked for with choosing the next recipient is how diligent, focused, capable, and reliable that person is when faced with a challenging task that goes unnoticed by most.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I believe that COE has helped me reach the levels that I am currently at, in professional and lifelong skills, because of the way that the executives handle their personal and professional relationships with their employees. The open-door policy and the continued transparency across all avenues of business and person-to-person is just a rare and phenomenal occurrence that you don’t find too often. I can achieve what I have and do the great work that I do if only because my bosses are pillars of support and friendship, not just cogs within a working clock.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there? Personal and operational growth.

A lifelong goal that is personal and professional growth for me is to just continue learning new processes and new creative ideas with my degree. I always enjoy doing other projects outside of the catalog as it gives me a chance to continue honing my creative processes and designer eye.

The other goal that is more personal and I’m not sure if COE could help is getting married finally. However, COVID would have to be contained better and the venue I chose to be in back in working order before that could ever happen. 

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

One of my most favorite parts about the numerous employee engagement programs at COE is probably the little get-togethers that we all have whether it be for holidays, charities, or just plain fun. It’s nice to come down on a level with everyone and see sides that may not always get shown during office hours. I definitely enjoyed shopping for a child for Christmas and knowing that I made a difference in brightening someone’s life during a time that should always be magical.

The book clubs were always insightful and enjoyable and allowed me to express myself as well as practice my articulation within a group.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

One of the most exciting things about our partnership is simply just proudly telling others that my company works with the Penguins. It’s amazing how many times I’ve silenced people with that. I should start keeping a tally.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

The COE value that I would probably be… well, that’s actually hard because it would be a choice between respect or teamwork. But, to technically reinforce what Suzanne had nominated me for, I would say teamwork. Regardless of my job description, I’ve always been the kind of worker that if someone asks me to do something or that they need my help then I’ll be there to do it if I can. In all of the jobs that I’ve had, I’ve never been someone to just say “no” to someone else because I wasn’t trained to do it or it’s not part of my job. I always try first and the worst that could happen is I fail. But, failure isn’t the end of the world, giving up completely is. I’m no quitter, if I was, then I wouldn’t be here right now.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I’m double-jointed in both arms and my elbows.

In high school, I used to mentor a classroom of 1st graders at a local elementary school twice a week as an extracurricular activity. I became so popular with the little ones for the artistic abilities that I literally had 5-6-year-olds fighting over me that could only be described as Game of Thrones dramatics. I felt bad for the teacher.

I know bits and pieces of German, Spanish, and Japanese, but not enough to speak fluently in any of them from years of not practicing.

My family heritage and ancestry actually own a castle in Germany, but I am probably the 1,000th in line to ever living or owning it.