Heather Parbst


Heather is Director of Ownership Transition Advisory for CLA. She has always been driven to empower individuals and organizations to achieve more then they realized was possible. Heather partners with owners, leaders, and organizations to successfully navigate leadership transition, meet personal goals, grow value, and build strong leadership and culture. She especially enjoys working with leaders to navigate self-limiting behaviors and beliefs that are holding them back from success. A former CEO and entrepreneur, Heather has successfully scaled and sold her own business. Prior to entering the business world, Heather worked in both the government and nonprofit sectors in mental health and social services. She has navigated multiple career transitions and industry jumps and coaches and consults with leaders, teams, and families in organizations ranging from new startups to Fortune 500 companies. These experiences have given her a unique perspective into leadership, scaling, succession, operations, organizational behavior and organizational dynamics.

Technical experience

  • Succession and transition planning
  • Leadership development and executive coaching
  • Strategic planning and value acceleration
  • Culture transformation
  • Operations improvement


  • Master of arts in professional counseling from Webster University, St. Louis. MO
  • Bachelor of science in psychology with minor in business from Floriday State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Certified Exit Planning Advisor – Exit Planning Institute
  • Hogan Certified – Hogan Assessment Systems
  • Certified Professional Coach – World Coach Institute
  • Change Management – Association for Talent Development
  • CompTIA Project+ - CompTIA
  • ITIL Foundations – AXELOS
  • Myers Briggs (MBTI) The Myers & Briggs Foundation