Heidi A. Olinger

| Founder & Chief Executive, Pretty Brainy |

Heidi A. Olinger is an education entrepreneur and the author of Fashionably Mashed: The STEM of Fashion Design. For teaching excellence she has been honored by the Boettcher Foundation and others. She is the founder and chief executive of Pretty Brainy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and social enterprise that designs STEAM curricula to inspire and prepare girls and young women to innovate, problem-solve, and lead in the 21st century. Her designs of STEAM-inspired girls’ apparel have won the highest honor from the Mom’s Choice Awards® and were featured in an international showcase by the World Trade Center-Denver.

With more than 16 years’ teaching experience in K-12 and higher education, Heidi also has served an instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps for Learning and was honored in 2012 when InnovatioNews named Pretty Brainy “an educational leader for STEM education.” Her TED Talk is online at https://youtu.be/o0qBPjneLV4, and she tweets about girls in STEAM via @prettybrainy.


  • Girls in STEM and STEAM.
  • Diversity and inclusion in Education.
  • 21st century learning.
  • Writing pedagogy.