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About Whitney

Whitney Hess

Whitney Hess coaches leaders on how to more mindfully and compassionately design their products, their companies and themselves. She has been writing at Pleasure & Pain since 2008, speaks at corporations and conferences worldwide, and co-hosts the podcast Designing Yourself. Her life’s mission is to put humanity back into business.

Best known for her work with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The MLK Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Seamless and Boxee, Whitney has spent the last decade partnering with senior leaders and product teams at Fortune 500s, nonprofits and startups.

Whitney graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction and a Bachelor’s in Professional Writing and HCI. She is a certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West and is also certified to administer assessments in social and emotional intelligence.

Whitney HessBorn to challenge the status quo, Whitney is an only child, a lefty, a redhead, a JuBu, a nomad, an ENFJ, an 8 with a 7 wing, a yogi, a locavore, a hophead, an oyster aficionado, a PEZ collector, and a pretty good rapper. A native Manhattanite, she currently resides in San Diego, CA, with her sailor-chef Fredrick. They are in the early stages of planning their circumnavigation.