Interview

Heather Holmes

"Knowledge is power"

Why do you act in this world?

I feel this innate drive to understand and to learn. I am always curious and I feel like there is so much to see.

There have been put up too many barriers, too many walls around people, and now that I have broken past those; I want to be able to do everything.

 

What makes you think that you make a difference?

My hope is that I am making a difference, but I believe that what we are doing is making a difference. I see the outcomes for people; when they didn’t have access to health information, and then if you help people get that access and treat them like they are intelligent; you can empower them make those choices.

And it is because people come and tell me, and now I have other people join my cause because they believe in what I believe and they see that we are doing the right thing.

 

What gives you hope?

What gives me hope is, when I am talking to people—whether they are people here at WDS or it is potential partnerships for what we are doing or even maybe individual investors—and I see the lightbulb turn on, when they realize how these things are interconnected—your health, your behaviors and the environment around you. When I see them realize that for the first time, and that they have never thought about that before and then it all comes together and they get excited. That’s what gives me hope; that we help change things and help people live better and healthier.

 

If you were to condense what gives you hope into three words or a very short sentence, what would it be?

It’s cheesy, but I would just say “Knowledge is power”

 

When I have a sad Sunday and don’t know what to do, if you could make me do one thing on Sad Sunday, what would it be?

So many people have that Sunday. How out there can it be?

It can be as out there as you want, I will do it. Just give me the thing, you think will help me most.

I would make you go and start doing something about it, not waiting, not hesitating; I would force you to take that first step or that next step on it. ‘Cause it is action that brings hope. Staying stuck on a Sad Sunday, just makes it feel worse.

 

Thank you!

 No thank you.