Whitney Hess

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Whitney Hess is a coach, writer, and designer on a mission to put humanity back into business. She helps people bring their whole selves to their work through leadership coaching, team coaching, facilitation, mediation, assessments, talks, and more. She believes empathy builds empires.

Whitney guides human-centered business practices around the world — transforming process, communication, and culture. She shows individuals and organizations how to gain self-awareness, identify blind spots, overcome obstacles, and reach their true potential. As a result, they better serve their customers, their communities, and themselves.

After more than a decade in user experience, Whitney transitioned from consultant to coach to make an even greater impact. She is a Certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. A two-time graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Whitney holds a Master’s in Human-Computer Interaction and a Bachelor’s in Professional Writing and HCI. She writes on her blog Pleasure & Pain, co-hosts the podcast Designing Yourself, and speaks at conferences and corporations worldwide.

A native New Yorker, Whitney currently lives in Hell’s Kitchen with her partner Fredrick, after stints in the Florida Keys, San Diego, and Japan. They are in the early stages of planning their circumnavigation.

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