Hanley Brite

Occupation: Organization and Leadership Consultant & Educator, Authentic Connections

First Car: Ford Falcon (Grey - ran like a tank)

Favorite Restaurant: Slanted Door - at the old location on Valencia St. in San Francisco

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a(. I love to cook
b). I’m married to a minister (my wife is a hospital / hospice chaplain)
c). I hitch-hiked across the United States

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

It's hard for me to pick out a single event - there have been a bunch which are much better for conversations over a good glass of wine. I have changed my career a number of times - from engineering to technical training to leadership and organizational development. It's all been an adventure, but pales in comparison to the 25 years my wife and I have had together - moving from New England to spend ten years in the mountains of Colorado and settling (not really) in California.

What's your best childhood memory?

I grew up in New York City. A long time ago I received a special treat from an uncle, my first baseball glove. That same day he took me to my first game to see the Giants play in the Polo Grounds. I saw Willie Mays hit a home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the game in a tight pennant race. I'll never forget the roar in the ballpark that day.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Tough choice but I'm thinking Thomas Jefferson -I am currently reading a lot of American history and biography and he is clearly one of the most interesting and talented people the planet has known. I'd like to ask him about his creative inspiration and how he kept it fresh and alive.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

If you see me, ask me and I'll tell you.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Combining hiking / backpacking with photography, though cooking is a great passion.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

Current: 1776 -It’s about the American Revolution and quite amazing how relevant it is to what is going on in today’s world.

I’m a voracious reader. Too many favorites to mention, but here are a few:

Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance -helped me understand, for the first time, what it really meant to think outside the box, and how far outside the box you can go!

A Prayer for Owen Meany - in my view John Irving’s best novel.

Moby Dick - not the movie - the book -it’s really good!

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Mt. Everest from the Tyongboshe Monastery.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

I already give to a number a organizations with which I am involved. If somebody gave me an additional 10 grand I would find and give it to a group helping and educating inner-city youth.

If you weren't on the professional services career trac, what would you be doing?

I asked myself that question a number of years ago and decided to change careers and work in the realm Organization and Leadership Development. I never looked back and find it very satisfying bringing these skills to PS Professionals

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Keep your horizons broad and learn to balance your life with your work. The earlier you learn that the better.