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What makes the Awesome People Leaders manager program so Awesome?

A manager training program that is practical, realistic, and supported by an experienced professional.


Access training and support on topics right when you need it.


In as little as 10 minutes, you will learn what you need to know to take action.


Learn alongside other Awesome People Leaders in a private online community.


Ask questions and share scenarios in the online community to gain insight and support.

Are you struggling with any of these?

High Employee Turnover

75% of employees quit because of their manager.

We develop People Leaders that people want to work for. Less management by trial-and-error, more leadership through learning, practice, and growth.

Low Employee Engagement

2/3rds of employees are not engaged at work.

We will help People Leaders grow the skills, experience, and talent on the team.

Employee Burnout

61% of employers report employee burnout.

Our program gives managers the tools and support to create a high-performing team where people thrive instead of survive.

New Managers & No Time

Only 30% of managers get training and support.

In as little as 10 minutes a week, we help new managers create a sound foundation of practical, best practices for leading people.

About The Awesome People Leaders Manager Program

Awesome People Leaders (APL) is an online manager program designed for anyone in your company who is leading a team of people. That includes managers, directors, floor supervisors, team leads, scrum masters, and project managers.

It's not just another online training program filled with theories to learn but no actionable steps to implement. The Awesome People Leaders manager program is designed specifically to build skills that your people leaders need in order to create and nurture high-performing teams at work. It is a weekly micro-learning of 15 minutes (max!) with next steps to apply it to their day-to-day work. APL's practical tips and resources for real-life management scenarios help managers develop the skills, and the online private community gives them a place to collaborate, share, get feedback, and learn from others' experiences.

Awesome People Leaders is taught and led by an experienced team leader; Heather Polivka has led high-performing teams that people want to be a part of. Her team had the lowest turnover within her global organization. Her real-world knowledge, experience, and proven results means your team is learning from the best.

How Awesome People Leaders create success for your company


Employee Retention

Reduce employee turnover and increase employee engagement leading to a 21% increase in productivity and 22% increase in profitability.


Employee Satisfaction

Increase employee satisfaction driving a 10% higher customer satisfaction.



Embed your culture from top to bottom of your company, leading to a 52% increase in employee creativity, innovation and problem solving.

What you get as an Awesome People Leader member

A practical masterclass of 50+ micro-learning topics you can apply right away.

Topics include: Active Listening, Building Trust, Collaboration, Communication Basics, Coaching, Delegation, Decision Making, DEI&B Basics, Emotional Intelligence, Engagement, Feedback, Innovation, Managing Change, Prioritizing, Recognition, Unconscious Bias and more!

Program Details

  • Lessons on over 50 Topics*

  • Every topic contains a 3-5 minute video overview, PDF handout, and recommended next steps to apply what you learned.

  • A guided program with weekly Feature Lessons, while also allowing you to self-pace and jump ahead to topics when real-life work scenarios arise.

  • Our platforms (Teachable & Circle) are ADA compliant and accessible via mobile app and desktop.

  • * New topics being added monthly. There will be at least 50 topics by Dec 2022.

  • Receive notifications for each week’s Feature Lesson with direct links.

  • Online, private community available 24/7 for posting questions, viewing video answers, learning from fellow People Leaders, and getting fast support.

  • Monthly community calls for live, interactive discussion of Featured Lessons and hot topics.

  • Full access to all content, resources and community for 12 months

  • Quizzes to test knowledge of key concepts!

  • Bonus Materials and resources to help you lead!

  • Receive a certificate of completion!

  • Reporting to track progress through the program. (Tailored track only)

  • Custom topics for your company, culture, values or key programs. (Tailored track only)

Watch this video walkthrough of the Awesome People Leaders Program

"LOVING this program! It could not have come at a more perfect time in my career. I'm only three modules in and I want my company to buy and use this program for all managers. It's so valuable!

Christine F.

Awesome People Leader participant


Two options to fit your needs

Our core manager training program is great for individual managers and companies of all sizes. Our tailored program is designed for a group of managers from the same company and includes custom-created content and private company calls.

Both are priced between 2-3% of the average US manager salary and less expensive than hiring and onboarding new team members!

Select easy monthly payments or a one-time payment for the best deal.



Per participant, paid annually, USD

  • Designed for individuals or groups of managers
  • Doesn't require time from others in the organization; it's a program specifically for the manager



Per participant, paid annually, USD

  • Designed solely for groups of managers from the same company
  • Custom content and reporting for your organization
  • Additional monthly company-specific community call

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What people say about us

We have a proven track record of cultivating high-performance teams and Awesome People Leaders.

"I have had the great fortune to work with Heather. She shows up fully present, encouraging others, thoughtful in her responses and filled with compassion. I would not hesitate to bring her into any organization looking to make positive cultural changes."

Hilary Bilbrey

Human Capital Consultant

& Life Coach

"Heather is a great leader and great motivator. I've always appreciated Heather's positivity and the leadership shadow that she casts — she is a compassionate leader and is an influential and effective executive."

Jared Younker

Director of Human Capital Technology at UnitedHealth Group & Former Team Member

"Heather is a visionary leader with the keen ability to bring to life an organization's culture. She not only has a strong ability to influence, motivate, challenge, and drive excellence in execution, but she also is impactful in her ability to drive engagement deeply within teams."

Rebecca Gish

Global Branding and Marketing Leader & Former Team Member

Meet Heather

Where Marketing expertise, HR proficiency and Operations know-how come together to create business success.

Heather works with progressive leaders of businesses to accelerate revenue growth by creating work environments where people thrive.

As Heather worked with companies and clients of all sizes, she kept seeing the same gap. A gap that was causing great talent to leave, and costing the business as a result: a lack of training and development for new and first-time managers.

Heather developed the Awesome People Leaders program to address this gap. She used marketing savvy to make it bite-sized and actionable, HR knowledge for credible content, and experience working in a variety of work environments and leadership roles to make it practical and applicable.

"Heather is a healthy visionary. Pies grow and expand with healthy organized teams. Effective strategy and meaningful context will emerge listening to her and sharing your needs to achieve an outcome. Find results with Heather, look nowhere else."

Marlys Norby

Sr. Program Management Specialist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Still have questions?

We'd love to talk to you and see if Awesome People Leaders is a good fit for you or your company. Contact us today.

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