On a Year as a Certified Coach

Today is my one-year anniversary of being a certified coach. On June 6, 2014, I became a certified professional coach through New Ventures West, and was set off on a whole new adventure. My business and my life have changed dramatically. I went from a decade as a user experience practitioner serving businesses exclusively to [Keep Reading…]

Speak and Be Seen

Originally published on Ladies in Tech on March 12, 2013 My mom loves to tell a story about when she and my dad came to see me in a play at day camp. I was six. I had the very important job of carrying title cards from stage-left to stage-right, which depicted time passing between [Keep Reading…]

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…]

If Not Now

In my July contribution to The Pastry Box Project, If Not Now, published on the eve of my 32nd birthday, I share my lifelong struggle with seeking approval — and that perfect intersection of readiness and permission where everything seems to click. When I turned 30, I suddenly had this realization that I was officially [Keep Reading…]