Heather Toro Derrick

Heather Toro Derrick

A Norfolk native brought to Southwest Virginia by way of Virginia Tech, Heather Toro Derrick has 20 years in the communications field, from working in print and broadcast media to public relations and marketing. She specializes in communication skills — teaching and training, including public speaking, teamwork, intercultural communication, and interpersonal communication. Since 2003, she has shared her passion for teaching with students at Hollins, Radford University, Virginia Tech, New River Community College, and Virginia Western Community College. She designs and facilitates communication skill-based workshops to professionals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Outside of teaching, she has worked with small businesses, nonprofits, and governmental agencies as a marketing and publics relations campaign consultant.

Areas of Expertise

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Rhetoric & Public Speaking
  • Training & Development

Courses Taught

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Teamwork & Communication


  • M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.A., Winthrop University