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Our second summer trip with H&H, this time to Belize. It was memorable for the horse riding, but also the shock and awe of meeting anthropologists at an active dig near our lodging, experiencing what ‘fresh’ meant at a live air market, discovering how cocoa pods and cashews grow, and more.

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

Heather and Ellen grew up together at the CIA, sharing a common mission and gaining an appreciation for the value of information and security at work and at home. The pair went on to conquer the private sector, rising to executive positions while staying true to themselves and their families.

In a year unlike any other, they teamed up to build something entirely new; to create a secure space to preserve and share not only personal history, but world history, one Artifct at a time.
Heather Nickerson

Prior to co-founding Artifcts, Heather served as Chief Growth & Strategy Officer of Red Five Holdings, Inc., and President of Red Five Privacy Labs, LLC. While at Red Five, she drove corporate growth, led corporate brand and service line marketing, and pursued new entrepreneurial lines of business.

Before joining Red Five, Heather served as an Intelligence Analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, including serving as a briefer in a war zone tour in Afghanistan.

Heather holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC, and serves on the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth, National Capital. She is also an active Partner with NextGen Venture Partners.

Heather’s Artifcts collection includes a pair of well-loved hiking boots, an antique lantern, and a handmade Istalif bowl acquired in Afghanistan.
Ellen Goodwin

Prior to co-founding Artifcts, Ellen served as Chief Solutions Officer of Knoema. She managed Knoema’s largest strategic client engagements. As CSO, she also directed content solutions and client services in concert with her role helping to drive the corporate product roadmap.

Before joining Knoema, Ellen served as an Intelligence Analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, including serving more than one year as a briefer to a cabinet level official.

Ellen holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University. She is a member of the Chief executive network for women.

Ellen’s Artifcts collection includes a gold Christmas tree star passed down through her family, a trio of silver pennies that inspired an early appreciation of history, and a paperweight from her Intelligence Community family.
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