Whitney Hinshaw Sullivan
Motivational Speaker & Coach
Whitney is an energetic speaker, heartfelt motivator and committed coach based in Bozeman, Montana. In addition to public speaking and workshop/retreat leading, she provides services through private and group coaching programs.
Whitney was born and raised in Nebraska and is a two-time alumna of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She spent ten years in higher education before transitioning to entrepreneurship. Whitney currently lives in Bozeman, Montana with her husband Tim, where she is also an avid reader, outdoor adventurer and cycling instructor. She can't wait to connect with you!
"Do you got a minute?"
I spent the first ten years of my career in the higher education settling. "Do you got a minute?" --the five words that were music to my ears. I loved to help, listen, teach and coach so much that I opened a business and stepped full-time into entrepreneurship to do it even more. I want to hear ALL your "do-you-got-a-minutes."
*I’ll let you in on a secret: these do-you-got-a-minute moments are never about anything a google search can answer. The straightforward, data-driven parts of life, career and leadership are simple. The emotions, vulnerability and high stakes reflections are complex.
My secret ambition
Since I was a child, I had a *secret* ambition to be a motivational speaker. But, it wasn't a real ambition, I told myself. There's no LEGO person for that. No kindergartener (or college student for that matter) gets up and says "I want to be a motivational speaker when I grow up!"
I kept my ambition silent. Yet, over time I realized my career trajectory wasn't aligning with my true passions, values and talents. Because of this, my confidence started to suffer. It was time to make a change.
An amazing thing happened when I slowly started to sum up the courage to speak my true goals out loud: I got lots of validation and people were fast to offer opportunities to support it. Slowly but surely, my inside truth finally matched my outside expression. In January 2021, I proudly opened my business!
WHAT I DO AND WHY I DO IT
One person in one moment has the power to create permanent, positive change. You generate this impact when you are intentional in taking your authentic passions to intentional purpose. The world needs what you are uniquely capable of creating.
The hardest part of my own journey towards purpose, and maybe yours as well, is shedding all those pesky filters that tone down what you really think, what you really want to say, what you really believe, and what you really want to create. There's that silent voice and sneaky protective instinct that wants to shift to the perceived safety of impression management, rather than true authenticity and creativity.
I want to help people move past these all-too-human tendencies and be successful by their own metrics. My talent is helping people show up to the deep, messy, and hard questions and come out the other end with courage, belief in themselves and resolution to act on what matters most.
When I find myself in these human moments, I call myself to remember: there is no magic without vulnerability. It's where the best life has to offer happens.
In addition to a sincere desire to help others, I do what I do because this business is a canvas for my own creativity and unique capabilities. I didn't want to live a life of hiding art in my closet, but rather, create spaces where my brand of art could exist. In simplest terms, I want to help others create spaces for their own versions of art to exist.
Your "art" is your brand of passion and purpose on a "canvas" for others to admire, consume and benefit from. Each human is an artist with their own vision and unique capabilities.
I invite you to invest in your own life, career and leadership creation process and learn more about working with me. I look forward to meeting you!