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Rewriting my story (again)

[Below is the latest iteration of my About page, where I attempt to tell the story of my life thus far with clarity and meaning. Life is messy, and so is writing about it. But I keep trying.] . . . Whitney Hess, Certified Coach I help people bring their whole selves to their work. [Keep Reading…]

My 2014 Annual Report — My Best Year Ever

Hello friends, family, clients, future clients and supporters! I have some exciting news. 2014 was hands down my best year in 10 years of business. It would be impossible to tell you every amazing thing that has happened (because there were a lot of them!), but here are a few highlights: Big Wins in 2014 [Keep Reading…]

12 Months of The Pastry Box

In 2014, I had the privilege of sharing 12 months of my innermost thoughts on The Pastry Box Project. It’s a place where 30 people a year, leaders from a variety of fields, are brought together through collaborative sharing and interweaving of stories to reveal undeniable truths about the human condition. Below is a roundup [Keep Reading…]

Today is my 6th anniversary of going solo

Six years ago today, also a Friday, was my very last day at my very last full-time job. Two weeks prior, I had finally worked up the courage to walk into my boss’s office and quit. It was a cushy job with great pay, reasonable hours, and somewhat interesting work. But that was no longer [Keep Reading…]

Equality and Transparency at Conferences

Yesterday I received information that speakers at GiantConf were being unequally compensated. [Their response] I did not take the news well. I got angry and I reacted harshly rather than respond with mindfulness and compassion. Feeling deceived, I went to a negative place rather than attempt to make the situation positive. I appreciate that the [Keep Reading…]

Who Do We Think We Are?

In my April contribution to The Pastry Box Project, Who Do We Think We Are?, I share my frustration with the rampant intellectual bullying I have observed in our community, and how I’ve overcome my own tendency to contribute to it. Now we’ve all heard the saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes, and [Keep Reading…]

Searching for Space

In my March contribution to The Pastry Box Project, Searching for Space, I share the story of why I left NY to find what I was looking for, and how I eventually found it within myself. My heart started racing. My palms got sweaty. I couldn’t breathe. I felt faint. Out of nowhere I screamed [Keep Reading…]