Heather Willems

The Business Leader's Visual Library

The Business Leader’s Visual Library

September 2, 2017

At ImageThink, we’re passionate about using visuals to unlock innovation, facilitate collaboration and increase understanding among groups – all of which are mission-critical to building a business in the 21st Century. Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re also interested in those objectives and how graphic recording and facilitation techniques can help you achieve them. You’re not alone. The following is our list of recommended visual books for the visually-savvy business leader. Draw Your Big Idea Written by ImageThink’s co-founders Nora Herting and Heather Willems, Draw Your Big Idea features 100-plus exercises to help you brainstorm, refine and execute ideas in your home, design studio, and office. With […]

Reaching Base Camp: Insights from Million Dollar Women Summit

Reaching Base Camp: Insights from Million Dollar Women Summit

March 28, 2017

Over the last decade, women entrepreneurs have started twice as many businesses as men, employing 7.8 million people, Yet only 3% of women entrepreneurs reach one million dollars in revenue. Last week’s Million Dollar Women Summit brought together 150 women entrepreneurs, 25 female founder coaches, and 5 compelling panelists, all with one mission: to help bring one million women to one million dollars in revenue by 2020. ImageThink co-founder Heather Willems joined an incredible line up of entrepreneurs to discuss business ideas for women what it takes to start and run a business. Read on for highlights from the discussion. […]

The Power Of Non-Linear Thinking

The Power Of Non-Linear Thinking

November 15, 2016

From the cave paintings of altamira to graphic recording … by ImageThink Visual thinking has helped lead to breakthroughs throughout human history and across industries. Last month, Nora and Heather spoke at The Atlantic’s What’s Next event, and gave attendees the tools to think visual like graphic recorders and break the bonds of convention. This week, Heather’s article in Amex Open Forum lends more insight into how creative visual thinking can reshape your work and reinvigorate your team: There’s a lot of pressure in the business world these days to be innovative—to “think differently.” But how do you create the kinds of conditions that help […]

San Diego Comic-Con Recap

San Diego Comic-Con Recap

August 3, 2016

ImageThink graphic recording presented a Draw Your Big Idea graphic recording workshop at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Co-founder Heather Willems walked attendees through exercises to help them achieve their goals with drawing. The turnout was exceptional, the passion of the group was infectious. Senior Graphic Recorder James Lake created real-time visualizations of the discussion as it unfolded. We started our graphic recording workshop with a brief history of ImageThink, including Heather’s story of starting out as a waitress & eavesdropping on her customer’s conversations. She found out she was a great listener & turned her napkin notes into murals, someone saw them & told her […]

ImageThink graphic recording workshop at San Diego Comic Con

ImageThink graphic recording workshop at San Diego Comic Con

July 18, 2016

Did you know most people have a dormant super power? Imagethink graphic recording is happy to announce we will be presenting a workshop at San Diego Comic Con 2016 on Saturday July 23 from 4-5pm in Room 4. Nora Herting, Heather Willems and James Lake will share principles and exercises from our new book, Draw Your Big Idea. You can clarify your goals and attach actions to them using visual storytelling! We will bring out your inner superhero! Purchase your copy of Draw Your Big Idea & bring your copy to the workshop!          See you in San Diego!

Draw Your Big Idea Week!

Draw Your Big Idea Week!

June 20, 2016

Our book Draw Your Big Idea is the ultimate productivity tool for you and/or your organization. The exercises will make your brainstorming session more successful, whether it’s just you or a room full of your colleagues. Join the online launch party this week, press & reviews have been pouring in… “Draw Your Big Idea is designed to turn your ideas into reality. Heather and Nora provide a fantastic process for capturing  great ideas in your head, using simple but powerful language.” – Mike Rohde, bestselling author of The Sketchnote Handbook and The Sketchnote Workbook “IMAGETHINK’S NEW BOOK IS SHEER BRILLIANCE. […]

Draw Your Big Idea: A Day In The Life

Draw Your Big Idea: A Day In The Life

June 13, 2016

Every business should be focused on their customers, but how do you act on becoming truly customer centric? In Draw Your Big Idea, we provide you the tools to map resources, hone your vision, and create action plans to send your ideas into the world.  But, before those plans can be put into action, there is another key element that must enter the fold: your customer! We dedicated an entire chapter to Picturing Your Customer. Whether you’re planning to open a coffee shop or a tech start up, it’s essential that you get to know the people who will use […]

Draw Your Big Idea: Your Legacy

Draw Your Big Idea: Your Legacy

June 6, 2016

If you live your life with purpose, how will you be remembered? While working on Draw Your Big Idea, we spent a lot of time looking at which exercises have helped our clients the most, and thinking about ways we could harness the power of those exercises in the form of a book to share with you all.   This post shares an exercise from Chapter 3: Declaring Your Purpose. Thinking about how you want to be remembered is an important step towards making decisions that add meaning and happiness to your life achievements. The Legacy Exercise is one step […]

Draw Your Big Idea: What's In Your Toolbelt?

Draw Your Big Idea: What’s In Your Toolbelt?

April 28, 2016

Draw Your Big Idea hits the shelves on June 21st! We wanted to celebrate by sharing some of Nora and Heather’s favorite pages from the book. Drawing from Nora and Heather’s extraordinary experience as artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, and graphic facilitators, Draw Your Big Idea is like a take home workshop in entrepreneurship.  From chapter one through ten, Draw Your Big Idea is chock full of exercises tailored to brainstorming, refining, and executing ideas.   Published by Chronicle Books, Draw Your Big Idea gives readers the visual toolsets that ImageThink’s graphic recorders use to support strategy sessions, conferences, and brainstorm meetings.     In the first chapters we walk you […]

PTTOW! Brings Thought Leaders Together

PTTOW! Brings Thought Leaders Together

April 18, 2016

The president of Dunkin Donuts, the Dalai Lama, and Shaun White walk into a conference hall. That’s not the start to a bad joke, it’s something that can really happen at PTTOW!, a 250 member coalition of some of the world’s most innovative and influential thought leaders.  Founded by Roman Tsunder and Terry Hardy in 2009, PTTOW! was organized to give these thought leaders a space to come into dialogue and to cross-pollinate learnings from seemingly disparate industries.  PTTOW! members come together to collaboratively investigate what has made them a key opinion leader in business and in life.     ImageThink co-founder Heather Willems captured […]