Meet Heidi Meier Bach
My name is Heidi Meier Bach. I come from Copenhagen. I moved to Aarhus in 1988 and lived there until 1998. I graduated in 1993, team 1.I now live in Copenhagen together with my husband René Bach, our two sons Anton and Peter, and our dog Obi.
Fun fact: My husband René is also a KaosPilot from team 1. We met each other at the legendary night club, Den Sidste Café, in Paradisgade in Aarhus back in January 1991. We both applied the Kaospilots in Spring 1991. We were admitted to the program, and decided to give it a shot. If we couldn’t be both students and lovers, I could start at Aarhus University at literary history. But we succeeded in being both students and lovers. Lucky us
What have you been doing since you graduated as a Kaospilot?
I have been working as a project manager on some very large scale projects, since I graduated as a Kaospilot. Since 2005 I have had my own company with focus on projects, processes and communication.
My core competencies are within project management and communication. I have worked as a consultant, concept developer, instructor, project manager and communications manager within the social, cultural, creative and humanitarian realms, and across the public, private and civil society sectors. Since 2003, I have primarily worked with urban development and the built environment.
When the past hits the present
One of the large scale projects I have been involved in was the Art Project “Peace Sculpture 1995”. Which was a light sculpture covering the West Coast of Jutland (more than 500 km), as a celebration of the 50 years of peace that Denmark at that time had experienced. The project also consisted of more than 40 art exhibitions along the West Coast. “Peace Sculpture 1995” will now be portrayed in a documentary this Fall and I am very much looking forward to meeting my two colleagues from that time and reliving some of the (crazy) experiences we had with the project. One of my colleagues I haven’t seen in 18 years. What is important for you in your job?
The most important thing in my work is that I feel that I make a difference for many and that I develop myself humanly and professionally.
What major learnings would you point out from your experience that have shaped you as a leader?
Inspired by the Danish philosopher Soeren Kierkegaard, it’s about meeting people where they are and meeting them with respect
Networking is everything
What is your biggest source for inspiration right now?
First and foremost my husband, then my 6 female classmates from the Kaospilots that I have met every six months since we graduated, and for the last couple of years my colleagues at my all-time favorite office community Det Gule Baghus
What would be an example of a learning or an experience from your time at Kaospilot that has been important to you?
Our practical projects with customers from business or culture have all been milestones. The importance of evaluating – not just as a conclusion, but ongoing evaluation
And if you help each other and support each other where it is needed, then it should probably work out fine.
What is a piece of advice that you would like to give future Kaospilot graduates?
Be authentic, be brave and remember where (and what) you come from.