Professional race-car driver and vice president of human resources for AccentCare
Heidi Steele handles it all: vice president of AccentCare’s Human Resources Department and a champion off-road racer. This blond, sassy, adrenaline- seeking executive began racing professionally five years ago and has since become the first female to win three titles in the rugged terrain of Baja California, taking First Place in the 2005 Baja 1000 and First in the 2005 and 2008 Baja 500 races. Steele has also won two SCORE (Southern California Off-Road Enthusiasts) Championships, one Best in Desert Championship, and she was named Driver of the Year by Dirt Sports magazine.
Most important lesson learned: Being a woman doesn’t limit my ability to succeed, even in a highly competitive, male-dominated race class.
Next big step:
I’m advancing this year into a more unlimited race truck. My objective is to increase my race skills and race in the elite Trophy Truck class within the next couple of years and compete against my husband.
Advice for other young professionals:
Never give up. You have control of your destiny. If you think positively and work toward your goals, you can achieve them. If you think you are going to fail, you will. Follow your dreams. Decide what you are truly passionate about, then pursue it as your goal. Even if your vision might be unusual, go for it!
What you do for fun: Outside of off road racing?
Take my dog to the beach, bike ride (mountain bike and cycling), interior design, shopping and cooking with family and friends.
If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would it be and why?
Jesus Christ – he had the most tremendous impact on people ever. I’d like to hear his word directly from him.
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