About Heather


Hello and welcome!  I’m Heather Mills, an attorney, negotiation specialist, certified coach, consultant, and the founder of WOMEN WHO ASK.

Before starting WOMEN WHO ASK, I got my JD from the University of Minnesota and then worked for several law firms in the San Francisco area.

I’ve always been driven to make the world a better, safer, fairer place—which is probably why I spent 10 years litigating employment and consumer fraud cases. (Making sure that employees get paid fairly? Yes! Forcing corrupt companies to take responsibility for unlawful actions? Also, yes!) 

Today, running WOMEN WHO ASK is my full-time career. I run the company along with a small team of freelance writers, designers, and online class developers. We’re a small team, but we do big work!

Here at WomenWhoAsk.com, I write articles and offer negotiation training courses to women. Since 2009, I’ve helped women successfully negotiate new jobs, promotions, pay raises, maternity leaves, flexible work schedules, and lots of other benefits. Nothing makes me happier than helping my clients clarify what they want, ask for it, and get it!


Why work with a negotiation coach?

Why work with someone like me?

Because you want to play bigger in your career. Because you want to earn more money. Because you want other perks, too—beyond a bigger salary. Because you believe the world needs more women in positions of leadership, power, and influence—women who speak up and reach higher instead of settling for less. You believe that. You want to be part of that revolution. And yet…

• Your heart rate spikes when you think about having to negotiate.

• You avoid negotiations to keep the peace.

• You’re worried that you’ll burn bridges if you try to negotiate.

• You want to feel more confident before you start negotiating.

• You’re scared that someone will say, “Who does she think she is?” (Let’s face it, we all have this fear.)

• You’re worried that you don’t know how to do it. 

If those feelings sound familiar to you, then working with a negotiation coach like me can make a huge difference.

After hiring me, clients typically see a 10x return on their investment—plus emotional benefits (like courage, confidence, and more excitement about going to work) that are impossible to put a price tag on.

To learn more about hiring me, read this, and then email me to set up a session. I’d be honored to work with you!


A little more about me

When I’m not working, I’m usually catching up on the latest news headlines, reading a memoir or biography about a fascinating woman, or hanging out with my husband Apurva and our two kids.

When I’ve got an entire day that I can spend all by myself (it’s rare, but it happens!) I love to hike in the woods or stroll on a beach in the Bay Area.

Also, one of my secret passions is Orange is the New Black. You might catch me binge watching an entire season. And I never miss an episode of the On Being podcast with Krista Tippett. l can’t get enough!

Keep In Touch

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Hope to hear from you soon!