Heidi Batz Rogers + Kris Tschetter, Founders

Our Story

INCLUSION IN ACTION was born of two women who met as teens and have learned, challenged and grown from one another as friends over the years. Both raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, they charted two very different courses for their professional lives, Kris--golf, and Heidi--the performing arts. Experiences along both career paths sparked in each of them the commitment to work to advance equitable access to opportunities for marginalized individuals,  and to make a future that works for all, not some. 

Heidi  pursued Master of Performing Arts education in Wisconsin, Colorado, and New York. She has 20 + years of experience working with global, corporate, non-profit and small business executives and teams to transform the way they work together. In 2018 Heidi lead the DEI Futures Initiative for The Centre for Global Inclusion, influencing the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion across the globe. She is Program Director for the globally reputed Forum on Workplace Inclusion and the recipient of multiple awards for innovative arts programming addressing issues of gender, race, abilities and other dimensions of difference.  With a tapestry of disparate life experiences,  Heidi sees every glass as half full and approaches every challenge as an opportunity.  She lives by the personal mission: Be creative. Make change.  Do it together.  Heidi values friendship, fun + adventure and gets great satisfaction out of building and making things. She is the mother of three living sons Willis, Birch and Adé and is partner against all odds to her husband Earl.  

Kris  graduated from Texas Christian University in 1987 and joined the LPGA tour in 1988. Kris and Billy Andrade teamed up to win the JC Penney Mixed Team Classic in 1991 and Kris won the Northgate Computer Classic in 1992. She finished 2nd in two majors, the 1996 U.S. Open to Annika Sorenstam and the 1997 Nabisco Dinah Shore to Betsy King. Kris has earned nearly three million dollars in prize money and her 8-under par, 29, still stands as a British open 9-hole scoring record. Kris received the Heather Farr award in 2000 after coming back from her first of many hip surgeries and, in 2002 she was named one of ten outstanding young Americans presented by the United States Junior Chamber. She is in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, the South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame and the Texas Christian University Hall of Fame. Kris now plays on the Legends Tour. She won the Walgreens classic in 2015 and helped the US team retain the Handa Cup that same year. Tschetter's heartwarming account of her 15-year friendship with Ben Hogan, Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew, has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. She has two daughters and resides in Warrenton, Virginia.

Creative Collaborators

Ava Yang-Lewis


Research + Assessment + Evaluation 

Ava (ACT Research)  partners with clients in every stage of the research, evaluation, and planning and development process -  from assessing needs and identifying questions to research and evaluation design, strategic planning, data collection and analysis, to translating research and evaluation insights into meaningful action and impact.  As a collaborative partner, she emphasizes cultural validity throughout.

Payton J. Woodson


 Presenter + Facilitator

Payton's approach to meeting people where they're at is essential to the INCLUSION in ACTION learning experience.   With years of experience as a professional actor, teacher, and presentation coach, Payton understands the interplay between characters, objectives and conflict and brings a fun approach to navigating tough topics toward the desired goal. 

Naseem Yasin


Global D & I Strategist

Naseem has a demonstrated  history of D&I work in a variety of industries.  Her work experience in Asia, India, the UK, Canada and the US lift leaders to a new level of understanding leadership in a global context. Refreshingly authentic, she takes a "no apologies" approach to coaching and excels as a strategist, trainer, facilitator and public speaker. 

Michael Graves


 Coach + Communication Strategist

Michael brings a fresh approach to empowering leaders to develop their visions, fulfill their missions, and create sustainable environments for the benefit of the identified "whole." With a knack for relationship building, and intergenerational coaching, Michael is a connector who understands the importance of personal, professional and team alignment to reach organizational goals.

Lynette Fitzgerald


Project Management + Events

Lynette takes INCLUSION in ACTION to a new level with her management skills and planning offsite events and retreats.  Her flair for entertainment and recreation stem from a passion around health, wellness, good food and good friends!