Ebony Magazine named Heidi as one of its Power 100 Leaders of 2010 along with writers Edwidge Danticat and Malcolm Gladwell. Heidi was nominated for a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut.
Heidi continues to be a highly acclaimed and sought-after public speaker who has spoken at Sundance, Brown, Exeter, Yale Law School and many other universities nationwide. She has also spoken at popular festivals, conferences and high schools on creativity, women’s empowerment, and multicultural and multiracial issues. She has been featured as a leading expert on multiracial and multicultural issues and identity by the NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, Ebony Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is an occasional contributor to National Public Radio. She is currently heading the Mixed Roots Fest and blogs for the Huffington Post.