Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Working Through It

Working Through It

More From Heather

In this video

Tagged as

Fleming discusses how she worked through frustration to continue pursuing product design. 

Heather's Biography

Professional Inspiration: Gina Bianchini
To Her 15-Year-Old Self: Trust your own instincts.
Her Small Pleasures: McDonald's and Taco Bell
Biggest Challenge for the Next Generation: Balancing family and work.

Heather Fleming is the Founder and CEO of Catapult Design, a non-profit design firm that develops and delivers technology and service solutions to low-income and underserved communities worldwide. Catapult Design provides engineering and implementation support for emerging markets, and their clients include companies and organizations working to provide technology solutions – such as rural electrification, water purification and transport, food security, and health – for impoverished communities. Prior to founding Catapult  Design, Heather was an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University and a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader as well as a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow.

Related Videos

Alexis Maybank & Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Alexis Maybank & Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Retail Entrepreneurs

Long time friends Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson are two of the founding partners of Gilt Groupe. Launched in 2007, the ecommerce startup specializes in bringing luxury...

Carrie Brownstein
Carrie Brownstein
Musician & Actor

Born and raised in Washington, Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein started her career in music at The Evergreen State College. It was 1995 when she became the guitarist and vocalist...

Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright
First Female Secretary of State

The Washington Post recently asked Madeleine Albright about her place in history. “I have to laugh,” said America’s first female Secretary of State. She remembere...

Judith Jamison
Judith Jamison
Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1965 and over the next 15 years, originated some of Mr. Ailey's most enduring roles, most n...