Five provocative questions answered by an inspiring and fabulous woman – a woman with something to say.
Meet Heidi Klotzman
Heidi Klotzman is the Founder and CEO of HeidnSeek Entertainment, LLC / Hnseek.com, an online entertainment guide for Maryland’s young professionals and a private and public event planning and marketing firm. Her mission is to program and market fun and meaningful events in order to bring the community together. Under Heidi’s creative direction, the HeidnSeek brand has become synonymous with Baltimore event planning and promotion.
Heidi has been honored as one of the most influential professionals in the Baltimore event scene by Baltimore Magazine’s Power Issue, a Top Single by Baltimore Magazine, The Queen of Clubs by The Baltimore Sun, a Top Professional Under 35 by b newspaper and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a Rising Star by The Baltimore Business Journal and The Living Classrooms Foundation, an Emerging Leader by The United Way of Central Maryland, a Very Important Professional Under 40 by The Daily Record, a Woman of Power by E Media, a Woman of The Year nominee by Leukemia Lymphoma Society and a Community Game-changer by Cre-a-tv.com.
She has spoken on the Young Women’s Entrepreneurial and Diversity panels at her Alma Mater, Roland Park Country School, the Women in Entertainment Panels at the Baltimore Music Conference and has mentored at the ‘Cool Women, Hot Jobs’ summit at The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women.
She is the creator of ‘Rock & Soul Baltimore: The Live Music Showcase’ that exists to honor the city’s most promising young musicians. She is the Founder and Co-Operator of the ‘Jill of All Trades Union’: A Personal and Professional Support Group for Businesswomen in their Twenties and Thirties. She is a regular columnist for Wedding 411, The Magazine and blogger for MobtownMusicGuide.com. She is also a board member of Congressman Elijah Cumming’s Youth Program to Israel and a mentor at The Baltimore Leadership School for Women.
Heidi is currently editing a compilation of her poetry to publish, writing a book on her father’s tenure in the entertainment industry and recording an album of original music on which she sings and plays guitar.
People would be surprised to know that: I am kind of a homebody. I prefer relaxing at home and taking in a film with some good food and company over going out much of the time. I love to read and write and sing and play guitar, and these are introspective things that I do best in private or with just one creative friend. For a social person, I also have some social anxiety. It’s easy to focus on understanding and connecting one on one with a person, but with groups and crowds, I think I just go off on autopilot as a reflexive instinct.
The WTL 5:
What’s the conversation that changed your life?
I am sure that it is a toss up between many crossroads… When my parents got divorced and they told me. When my Dad was moving across the country and he told me. And, when I first talked with Erin at Club One in 2004 while I was in college and started my first promoting job there. That changed the direction of my life and lead me to starting my own event business.
What are you most conscious of today?
I am most conscious of how the people in my life have given it meaning and have helped me to survive and thrive. I feel that God, my immediate family and friends have carried me up to this point – and that God, my friends and the family that I may make on my own will carry me in the future.
What part of you have you yet to give voice to?
My maternal nature. I am very protective of those I love. I can see this transferring to a child one day. I am not in that headspace yet, but I have a lot of empathy, compassion, love, stories and wisdom to impart. Maybe I will end up sharing this with a Yorkshire terrier, at least.
What’s the conversation women need to be having collectively?
We need to be talking about how we can support each other’s endeavors more. If we all bought from each other, traded with each other, respected each other’s relationships, and kept a pledge to stop judging and gossiping about other women, we’d all be happier, healthier and wealthier.
What needs to be said bigger, louder, stronger?
That none of us has it all figured out at any age – and, that’s okay.
Thank you, Heidi, for sharing your powerful voice
with WomanTalk Live.