Heather Hise is a Louisville native whose 15-year plus career in communications began in Nicholasville at Alltech Biotechnology, a global company in the animal nutrition and brewing industries. At Alltech, she was part of the marketing team supporting the equine and pet divisions, assisted the U.S. public relations manager, and helped coordinate the company’s annual international symposium.
Heather returned to Louisville in 2008, where she spent the next decade leading internal and external communications for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. Managing an annual budget of nearly $1 million and a team of three, Heather launched the statewide nonprofit’s first-ever social media channels, managed communications through a CEO transition, led the development of both refreshed and new websites, and coordinated a rebranding initiative for the organization’s 65 retail stores and four employment and training centers. She also served as Goodwill’s primary spokesperson, managing press and other special events throughout the commonwealth for grand openings, job fairs, community open houses and donation drives.
In early 2019, Heather joined Yum! Brands’ corporate communications team, where she develops and executes communications plans for internal client teams, writes internal news stories and serves as editor for the weekly e-newsletter for Yum! corporate employees. Heather is also a member of the Yum! Brands Foundation board, collaborating with the company’s three community partners – Dare to Care, Fund for the Arts, and Metro United Way – to offer volunteer opportunities for Yum! employees in Louisville.
A Centre College graduate, Heather’s experience also includes an internship with Norton Healthcare’s communications team and freelance writing for BG Magazine, a former publication of The Lane Report. She has volunteered with and served on the boards of Junior League of Louisville, Nativity Academy, and the Public Relations Society of America Bluegrass Chapter, and she currently holds an elected position as commissioner for a local sixth-class city.