Heather Spilsbury

Heather Spilsbury


Heather Spilsbury is a dynamic and visionary leader, currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer at 50/50 Women on Boards, a global 501c3 non-profit organization committed to advancing diversity on corporate boards.

With an impressive history of organizational growth, Heather has played a pivotal role in the transformative journey of 50/50 Women on Boards. Under her leadership, the organization achieved significant milestones, including tripling its audience reach, substantially increasing corporate contributions by 30%, and allocating an impressive 84% of funds toward its mission to bridge the gender diversity gap on corporate boards.

Before her role at 50/50 Women on Boards, Heather served as the Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at The Sheppard, a Los Angeles-based creative agency. During her time there, she not only established the agency’s marketing division but also spearheaded the increase of its EBITDA from $3 million to $26 million.

Heather’s 20-year career is marked by her proficiency in marketing and operations across highly regulated industries. She has successfully led integrated marketing campaigns for renowned clients, showcasing her adaptability and skill across diverse sectors, including LVMH, Moët, Shell Oil, Nintendo, Proctor & Gamble, Ugg, Revlon, Almay, Starbucks, Legends, American Heart Association, and OUE.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Heather is deeply committed to community building, volunteering her time and expertise on the boards of the Hispanic Public Relations Association in Los Angeles and the UC Riverside Extension, with a focus on elevating diverse talent in the pipeline.

Heather is an alumna of Seattle University, where she earned her degree in Business Management with minors in Economics and Painting, reflecting her multifaceted talents. Her dedication to continuous learning is evident in her certifications in crisis communication, data analytics, and predictive modeling from UCLA Extension.