Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

Explorer-in-Residence, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth has seen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. In her remarkable presentations, Jill encourages audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears, while applying her practical experience when it comes to lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.

Named the first Explorer-in-Residence of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2016, Jill’s other many accolades include induction into the Explorer’s Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honor she shares with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia Earle. She was named a “Living Legend” by Sport Diver Magazine and selected as Scuba Diving magazine’s “Sea Hero of the Year 2012.”

In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was also awarded the inaugural Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2013, the medal recognizes singular achievements and the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding Canadian explorer.


Explorations in Excellence

More people have walked on the moon than have been to the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on earth. Instead of following maps, she has blazed a trail into the planet exploring lava tubes beneath the ocean floor, submerged caves inside icebergs, and the deepest recesses of the world’s oceans.

Jill Heinerth’s dynamic multimedia presentation will inspire audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears. She shares remarkable experiences and lessons learned in the deadly arena of extreme underwater exploration and adventure filmmaking, applying her practical knowledge to share lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.

Thriving in Change

Change is a constant within industry but too often it leads to fear, frustration, and resistance from individuals and groups. There are no handbooks for trailblazers, and too often we allow fear to limit us from trying new things. Fear is a survival instinct that helps us avoid danger, but it may also freeze us in our tracks or cause us to retreat. Jill Heinerth shares her strategies for thinking outside the box and supporting teamwork that will ensure organizational success and creativity in the face of change.

Improving the Culture of Safety in High Risk Environments

Good leaders create a safe culture in the workplace, but how is it accomplished? Jill Heinerth addresses three primary categories that relate to risk assessment, leadership, and safety culture, including strategies and tactics for reaching a sustainable, incident-free workplace. By drawing on her experiences cave diving into some of the most dangerous places on earth, listeners will learn how to apply universal risk management strategies in their own teams and organizations.

We Are Water

Once thought to be infinitely resilient, our water planet is in trouble, and therefore, so are we. With equal parts warning and hope, Jill Heinerth shows us how our lives are interconnected with our water systems and how we can protect them for future generations.

Explorations in Excellence

More people have walked on the moon than have been to the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on earth. Instead of following maps, she has blazed a trail into the planet to explore lava tubes beneath the ocean floor, submerged caves inside icebergs, and the deepest recesses of the world’s oceans.

Drawing on decades of planning cutting-edge underwater life support missions, Heinerth will present basic principles and practices for ensuring success in challenging circumstances. Her upbeat, multimedia virtual presentation will inspire audience members to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears. She shares remarkable experiences and lessons learned in the deadly arena of extreme underwater exploration and adventure filmmaking, applying her practical knowledge to talk about risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-minute keynote and a 15-minute interactive Q&A. Length and format is customizable to meet your needs.

The Explorer's Mindset: A Cave Diver's Guide to Fear, Isolation, and Change

There are no handbooks for trailblazers, and too often we allow fear of the unknown to limit us from trying new things. Fear is a survival instinct that helps us avoid danger, but it may also freeze us in our tracks or cause us to run away.

As a cave diving explorer, Jill Heinerth’s work takes her to the most remote corners of the planet. Frequently out of touch for weeks or even months at a time, her job is to capture images in the claustrophobic blackness of water-filled caves, where an error on the job may determine her chance of survival. To excel in this work, Heinerth has had to learn how to master fear like no other.

The lessons Heinerth has learned about risk assessment from over 30 years of expeditions offer an edge of your seat thrill woven together with important messages about how to transcend fear and achieve success.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-minute keynote and a 15-minute interactive Q&A. Length and format is customizable to meet your needs.

We Are Water

As a cave diving explorer, Jill Heinerth swims through the veins of Mother Earth, exploring the life force of the planet. What she has witnessed over 30 years of expeditionary diving is that although there is plenty of water on our big blue planet, humanity is quickly running out of clean sources we can afford.

As an advocate for water literacy, Heinerth uses her expedition stories to help the audience reconnect with their watery origins and become better stewards for the environment. She reveals water’s journey through the planet to inform people about where our water comes from, how we poison it, and how we can preserve it for future generations.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-minute keynote and a 15-minute interactive Q&A. Length and format is customizable to meet your needs.

Dive into The Life You Want to Lead

Jill Heinerth leverages her adventurous life experiences to empower every woman to take on new challenges with confidence. Early in her career in advertising, Heinerth shifted gears, pivoting to a remarkable career as a creative professional in the underwater world. But it was not an easy path. Battling misogyny, financial ruin, and a devastating diving accident, she emerged to build a successful life on a road less traveled.

In this virtual presentation, she shares her original vision about mapping a path to success in a non-traditional role while sharing heartwarming human stories about the challenges she encountered and overcame along her journey.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-minute keynote and a 15-minute interactive Q&A. Length and format is customizable to meet your needs.