Heather Lawver Sewell is an entrepreneur and children's advocate from the DC metro area. She is best known for her work with The Daily Prophet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created when she was only 14 years old, through which she tutored over 400 children in English & Creative Writing. At age 16, she founded PotterWar, a landmark boycott campaign against Warner Brothers, who had been threatening adolescent owners of Harry Potter fan websites. The campaign's effects have been studied in multiple collegiate textbooks, and it set legal precedents that protect online fan participation to this day. During the height of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Heather led the Yang Yun campaign, which helped bring to light powerful evidence that proved China's repeated falsification of their Olympic athletes' ages and shined a light on the institutionalized physical and emotional abuse of children as young as two years old in Chinese state-run athletic training programs.
Heather lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Marshall. She enjoys reading, writing, design, political philosophy, and turning her hobby of creating unique handmade jewelry and accessories into a thriving online business. As part of the Halcyon Incubator, she hopes to realize a dream of creating an online educational tool she first imagined when she was 16 years old.
Venture: Literacy and communications are crucial life skills in the development and maturation for children. In an effort to facilitate these skills, Heather is launching NewsEase, an online news initiative for teachers and students. NewsEase will offer easy-to-use templates that will allow teachers to launch newspapers in their classrooms, empower students to publish stories and serve as a platform to connect with other NewsEase readers around the world.