Whitney Kenter, CEO and founder of Glowe Connective, discusses the failures and successes of her personal life and professional career. Her career consulting with businesses to prioritize human energy to overcome challenges within a company has given her insight into following a career path that brings you light or makes you “Glowe.” Whitney shares some of the risks she has taken that have helped her continue to thrive in her professional career and help her excel with her new business.
Brett Gilliland: Success. I'm your host, Brett Gilliland, and today I've got Whitney Kenter in the office with me. Whitney, how you doing?
Whitney Kenter: I'm doing great...
Brett Gilliland: Awesome...
Whitney Kenter: ...thanks for having me.
Brett Gilliland: Well, it's good to have you. It's uh, it's exciting. I got introduced to you from, uh, Kristen. Kristen said great things about you at a, uh, at a lunch the other day and I said, you know what? I gotta, I gotta meet her. And, uh, reached out to you on LinkedIn and not even a week later, here we are. So...
Whitney Kenter: ...that's right.
Brett Gilliland: It's been awesome. Um, well, you are the founder of Glowe Connective. And, uh, you've had an unbelievable career and been in the finance industry and now doing this thing with Glowe, and I can't wait to dive into that.
But if you can, Whitney, just maybe give us a little lay of the land on what's made you the woman you are today.
Whitney Kenter: Oh my gosh, that seems like a very loaded question. , I'll try to be brief. Um, I think when I think about my life, I feel like it's been this very non-linear, but very synchronistic path. When I, you know, it's easy to look back and say, oh, that was clearly the time to do this change or whatever.
But from a career perspective, I feel like even though I've been in finance, accounting, wealth management, all of these very quantitative driven fields. My interest the entire time has always been on the humans, and their behaviors and how they make decisions and what they're concerned about. And even in my very early career days, I'd be, as a tax professional at KPMG I'd be sitting with these CEOs and we'd be talking about, you know, after they do this big transaction, what are they gonna do?
How's this gonna impact their family? And I was in my twenties having these very deep conversations. You know, so somehow, gravitating back towards the things that, ironically in college, I really wanted to study psychology and marketing. And my dad was like, you will never get a job with those two degrees, so you have to get an accounting now.
Brett Gilliland: Dad, I started a company with it.
Whitney Kenter: Right, exactly. And so it's just so ironic because every, every step of my journey, I was gravitating right back to either psychology or brand and marketing, which is fascinating.
Brett Gilliland: Well, I think, I mean, I was joked that we're part-time psychologists, even in the wealth management space, right.
I, I was like, I got a box of Kleenex in there. Just because the conversations that happen, man, they get deep and they're just, you know, it's, it's way more important the, the, the things in life they want to go do versus just like you said, the quantitative stuff. Right? Yeah. It's, it's there. So, um, what, what are some of the risks you took in life?
Um, you know from, you know, obviously starting a company, leaving a great career, all those things, but what are some of the risks when you look back on your career, are you happy that you took?
Whitney Kenter: I think the first risk that I took was at KPMG when, um, you know, I was in auditing for two weeks and realized that that was not for me.
Brett Gilliland: Yeah.