40 Under 40: Heather Kahlert

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Company: The Kahlert Foundation
Title: Vice President
Age: 34
City: Lehi

Someone’s Gotta Give Heather Kahlert is a woman of many gifts. As vice president of The Kahlert Foundation (an organization originally founded by her grandfather), she gives away more than 8 figures in donations annually and works extensively with local institutions and organizations like UVU, the University of Utah, Make-A-Wish Utah, the Alpine School District Foundation, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Utah Valley Hospital, and more. “I’m like a venture capitalist, but my ROI is in human beings,” Kahlert says. “I don’t measure a successful investment through money — I measure it by the lives we touch.”

Childhood Vision “President of the United States — and it says so right in my 5th grade yearbook.”

School of Thought “I essentially memorized my way through school, until at 16, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Once I understood what was going on, I was able to restructure my learning. I love school. I love learning. I love passions. And I love learning better ways to do things.”

Clearing The Mind “After a hard day at work, I like to sit down in my red chair with a nice cup of herbal tea in my Nana’s china.”

A Visionary Is “Genius. Leader. Strategist. Change-maker. It’s a person with abstract visibility — someone who can see things others can’t.”

Out Of Sight! “I walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival! How cool is that?! We funded a film about the first female director and producer in film history, Alice Guy-Blaché. Once-in-a-lifetime experience!”

Ultimate Vision “Aristotle said, ‘The more you know, the more you don’t know.’ For me, the more you give, the more you see how much needs to be given. Through our foundation, I give away 8 figures every year. It’s not enough. My ultimate dream is to scale. When you help other people, you change the world. Oh, and let’s cure cancer, too, while we’re at it.”


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