Biography of Claude Whitmyer
"Claude Whitmyer is one of the most thorough, versatile and effective consultants I know. The breadth of his business knowledge and his demonstrated commitment to integrity and social responsibility make him a uniquely gifted business advisor and management consultant. . . . Claude truly makes a high value contribution to each project he undertakes. "
Christian Forthomme, MBA, Founder
"Claude is a thorough teacher and a knowledgeable mentor. Under Claude's tutelage and supervision, I experienced dramatic growth, both professionally and personally."
Roberto Aponte, Founder
Claude Whitmyer is the co-founder of meaningfulWork.com and chief developer of the Good Work Guidance™ and Good Business Advice™ service centers. He has more than three decades of experience in small business management and ownership.
His own enterprises have included:
- a manufacturing company
- a distribution company
- a retail store
- a private business school
- a computer systems consultancy
- an entrepreneurship consultancy
- a vocational guidance service
With experience in the work world as an employee and as an entrepreneur and consultant, Claude Whitmyer is able to offer practical but sensitive guidance to individuals who want to find and maintain meaningful work, whether they own their own business or work for someone else.
In 1983, as a natural outcome of his lifelong effort to find work that integrates ecological, human, and spiritual values, Mr. Whitmyer began to introduce the concepts of "good work" and "right livelihood" to his clients and students.
In 1984, Claude co-founded the Noren Institute to offer classes in socially responsible, sustainable business practices. Since then, he has also been the coordinator of the San Francisco Briarpatch, a world-wide network of small businesses practicing right livelihood and simple living. Claude was also a founding board member of the Apprentice Alliance, a winner of the 1986 Right Livelihood Award.
His experiences with Noren, Briarpatch, and the Apprentice Alliance have strengthened his knowledge of the concepts of right livelihood and community service. His consultation work is based on a strong belief in sustainable business practices and in the importance of clarifying personal values to finding good work.
Mr. Whitmyer is author of three books:
- In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World (Putnam, 1993)
- Mindfulness and Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood (Parallax, 1994)
- Running A One-Person Business (Ten Speed, 1994, 2nd ed.).
In addition to his participation in meaningfulWork.com, Claude Whitmyer is Co-Founder of FutureU™, a training and consulting firm that helps businesses, organizations and schools make the most of meeting, learning and working online. In his long experience as an educator, business and organizational consultant, Mr. Whitmyer has served more than 2,000 clients in several hundred corporations, non-profits, and small businesses. His consulting focus has ranged from strategic planning, market research, and corporate communications to graduate education, corporate training, and vocational guidance. He has also acted as a professional coach to several dozen executives and managers.
In the 1980s, Mr. Whitmyer developed a thriving computer consulting firm and, from 1987 to 1993, he wrote a monthly software review column for The Office magazine. In the early 1990s he developed a graduate degree program that was delivered 60% online, and he has acted as faculty advisor and online course facilitator for the Healthcare Forum's annual Fellowship in Creating a Healthier Community for more than 12 years.
He has managed countless projects, developed numerous certificate programs and courses, and created a decision support system that tracked communications between management and key stakeholders for a major corporation.
Learn more than you would ever want to know about Claude at http://www.claudewhitmyer.com.