We’re so happy to introduce you to this week’s Women of Ace, Kiana Heighton. She is the Vancouver Community Activator for The Ace Class, but we promise we’re not just biased because she is a part of our tribe. This girl is a hustler of all things and always leads with her heart. Read on, and get to know what’s made her so ambitious and compassionate.
ACE: WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? ( YOUR CURRENT HUSTLE )
Kiana: I have my own company (Kiana Heighton INC) which currently focuses on planning events. I also model for local brands, work on communications and community engagement for Danse Bloom, and I am the Community Activator for The Ace Class in Vancouver!
ACE: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? ( WHERE DID THIS PASSION COME FROM? )
Kiana: I had a hard time with girls growing up, so inclusivity and supporting others are really important to me. This shows up through my love for people and building a strong sense of community.
ACE: WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB GROWING UP? HOW DO YOU THINK THIS HAS INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE TODAY?
Kiana: I wanted to travel while saving the planet and all the animals. I thought I would be an Environmental Scientist or a Marine Biologist. At 21, I co-founded a non-profit organization, Community for a Sustainable World, which held a vision of supporting and developing sustainable, self-reliant communities around the globe. This has influenced the way I choose to live my life through the practice of mindfulness and living with intention. Plant-based living has taught me how to be creative in the kitchen and conscious when I shop.
ACE: IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONLY THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Kiana: Fun. Supportive. Ambitious.
ACE: WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION AND WHY?
Kiana: Shay Mitchell because she is up to so many things and has such a great outlook on life.
ACE: WHAT DOES THE TERM “BOSS BABE” MEAN TO YOU?
Kiana: To me, a “Boss Babe” is someone who knows how to get things done without being catty or mean. They are there for you on any day, good or bad, and challenge you to be the best version of yourself by being their true self and going after what they want.
ACE: HOW DO YOU EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN?
Kiana: I love asking questions and seeing what unfolds in a real conversation. By real, I mean a conversation that is about what truly matters to the person and giving them a safe space to explore it. Typically, I empower others by buying into their crazy ideas and encouraging them to take action before the initial spark dies. After various coaching and leadership trainings, holding people accountable to their goals is something that is now second nature and it’s incredible what people can accomplish when you support them fully. #getitgirl
ACE: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED FROM ANOTHER WOMAN?
Kiana: It was a quote I saw on Instagram, “Do it for you, not them.”
ACE: CAN YOU SHARE THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM A FAILURE?
Kiana: You can’t do everything, so learn to be comfortable with saying no.
ACE: WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED, WHAT DO YOU DO TO FIND PEACE?
Kiana: A good sweaty workout like spin or hot yoga will bring me back to feeling like myself.
ACE: WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
Kiana: Leaving people and places better than I found them.
ACE: WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU?
Kiana: Come say hello to me in-person at a Babes Who Brunch.