Sam Heyne


Trades Business Unit Manager

Sam stumbled upon BridgeWorks at the tail end of graduate school, and it was love at first sight. Her passion for diversity and inclusion as well as facilitating learning through qualitative research made her an instant #GenJunkie.

Sam followed up her bachelor’s degree with a master’s in industrial-organization psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She focused her studies on the psychology of work, learning how to make workplaces happier, healthier, and therefore more productive. In her role as Business Unit Manager for BridgeWorks’ Trades Gap Initiative, Sam strives to get at the heart of the widespread skilled labor shortage problem for the trades and skilled labor industries. Her love of fact-finding, generational savvy, and passion for using data-driven research inform her efforts to bridge the talent gap in skilled trades and manufacturing.

Sam’s research and consulting experience have given her the tools to ask the right questions in order to develop the best generational solutions for clients.

Outside of researching applied organizational solutions, you might find Sam spending way too long in the grocery store trying to find the right ingredients for the latest recipe she found online (usually involving goat cheese, in some form or another). You also might find her perusing one of the 20+ independent bookstores in the Twin Cities, frequenting her favorite yoga studio, biking around her neighborhood in Uptown, or riding her horse Brandi, who lives in Lakeville.