Philanthropist[dropcap]S[/dropcap]haron Heflin, a philanthropist and mother, is extremely involved throughout the community. She has always been passionate about philanthropic work.
She attended Ouachita Baptist University, where she roomed with another passionate philanthropist, Sharon Bale.
Heflin is presently serving as an Arkansas Hospice board member; second vice president of Baptist Health and Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute; board member and vice president of Alzheimer’s Arkansas; Baptist Health Foundation advisory board member; Make-A-Wish Foundation council member; and Runway for a Cause volunteer coordinator. She also sits on many other boards and organizations.
In the past, she served as chair of the Little Rock Central High School Alumni Association and was a Sunday school teacher and co-chair of the 2003 Heart Ball.
She devotes her personal time to many charitable causes and organizations. Her heart and service for others continue to impact the Arkansas community.
Hometown: Little Rock
First job: Working for the Arkansas Historical Association at Fayetteville
Favorite food: Chocolate
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Raising two well-rounded young men with their dad. I am very proud of them.
What attracted you to your career? I have always been interested in business even as a young kid.
First big break: I had a wonderful background as a kid. I went to OBU and graduated there and married the love of my life. I’ve had a pretty nice life and there are a lot of breaks in there.
What’s one thing about you that others would be surprised to know? I think anybody that knows me very well knows me through and through.
What do you love about what you do? I am fortunate enough to go do business and do nonprofit work with a lot of organizations. I am involved in a lot of not-for-profits and that’s what interests me the most. I am fortunate enough to be able to do that.
What living person do you most admire? I think it would have to be a lot of people that help others with some kind of aid, transportation, clothing or food. I don’t know if I can say one. There are so many people willing to help others.
What quality do you most admire in other women? In other women, I think it’s their willingness to share of themselves, their time, energy, money and willingness to give back to others. If you are not willing, you won’t get things done.
What talent would you most like to have? I would like to be able to speak in front of others and be able to communicate to them that I am really feeling something.
Where would you most like to live? In Little Rock, right where I’m living.
Photo by Jamison Mosley