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But perhaps more importantly? I am not an 'internet bro-marketer' nor do I tout one-size fits all business strategy in my own work, in your work, and in alllllll business. Additionally? I'm not a fan of recipes in any situation. Cooking, leadership, business, relationships.

Why? Because recipes erode sovereignty.

Our work together?

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I’M A SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR, CERTIFIED LEADERSHIP & CEO COACH.  And I’ve SPENT THE PAST 15 YEARS OF MY LIFE DEDICATED TO THE STUDY OF HUMAN & BUSINESS POTENTIAL. OUTSIDE THE SYSTEMS OF HETERONORMATIVE, WHITE SUPREMACIST PATRIARCHY. 

MY WORK IS IN THE SYSTEMATIC UNRAVELING OF ‘CONDITIONED BY SOCIETY/YOUR MOM/YOUR FRIENDS’ HUMAN SUFFERING.  ALL TO EXPAND HUMAN LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL. HOW?

Academic & Personal study of the philosophical underpinnings of suffering (from ancient Tibetan to Contemporary philosophy/theory) & in context of Peacemaking, International Relations, & Development Economics.

Practice & training in a vast, yet interconnected array of topics–neuroscience, psychology, human design (Chetan Parkyn), anatomy & physiology, yoga (Jonathan Fields), Integral Coaching™ (Chela Davison and Integral Coaching Canada), creativity coaching (Kaizen Muse), coaching as activism (Andréa Ranae), Emotional Freedom Technique & Tapping (Susan Bushell), Sundoor Firewalking (HeatherAsh Amara), quantum physics, mindbody connection, herbalism, Tibetan philosophy, nutrition, herbalism, PhD in-progress from the European Graduate School in leadership dynamics and performativity, MBA in progress from SKEMA, Radical Relating™ (Jenn McCabe), and functional fitness. *wipes brow* PHEW!

I am constantly in some iteration of my 'own work' in the vein of deconditioning (practices, stories, -isms, relation).

Makenna is a creative force of nature & stunningly good at what she does.

-Karen Hutton, Photographer & Speaker

the how i got here bit

Here's my story

As a child, I knew that I was ‘weird’.  I had big visions for the world.  I wrote my goals in the context of ‘Future Writing’ (a method I teach to this day).  I contemplated infinity.  I had a lemonade stand that made hundreds of dollars a summer.  I sold the most girl scout cookies. 

And yet…I spent the first 30-ish years of my life trying to ‘find my fit’ in the world.  Rather than carve my own path, I slowly tucked away embers of my fire to be more seemingly normal.  To shrink myself.  To fit in.  I became the most digestible, queer woman I could be.

I gave up art, music, dance, writing, any sort of ‘big, hairy, audacious dreams’. 

I ticked off each societal, familial, & cultural expectation.  And with extreme precision: 

But Desires, cravings, and soul longings have a way of bubbling up, your fire & Vision can’t smolder forever.

a sip of oxygen, and i hit literal wildfire.

At first, the fire? She engulfed me. It was terrifying.  Everything I held true was to be challenged.  

My marriage.  My sexuality. My capacity. My leadership. My values.  But I let the fire burn   So I let her burn away almost everything I had been conditioned to be true.  All the should’s, could’s, and would’s began to melt. I quit everything, closed my six-figure coaching business and moved to the mountains to teach skiing.  Then? Julia Child’s house came on the market.  Against all advice from my business coaches, some friends, most of my family (not all, since some of them are key investors)…I snatched it up. Investing nearly everything I owned into it. My fire brightened. I trusted my vision.  My truths emerged.  

I spent the next year expanding into who I needed to become in order to run 25 retreats/experiences a year in a whole new way.  I learned firewalking. Went on healing journeys. Meditated. Studied tantra. Took leadership workshops. Hired coaches. Therapists. Healers.  The fire took so much, and gave back in turn.  At the bottom, there was a stripped down me. A me that had few labels, and just…was. 

Then, I filed for a divorce. After seven years of a relationship focused on our mutual destruction… I left my wife.  Divorce was my salvation, and my deepest pain. 

The recipes others had created for success and happiness, flew out the window.   Then I threw out the cookbooks on authoritative leadership/living/business, and forged my own path.  My trap?  Being ‘good’, ‘right’, ‘perfect’.

My LIBERATION?  Unfettering and cultivating my Capacity as a Sovereign CEO.    

Turns out? Practice, Congruence, and Integrity always win over ‘EXPECTATIONS’.    

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CHECK OUT MY STARs/Personality/Ways of being

Manifesting Generator with a ⅓ profile.  Virgo with a Pisces rising and a Sagittarius moon. Taurus north node. 

I/ENFP (I oscillate between the E and I by a tiny percentage). 

TITLE/GENDER

Mrs./Ms.  she/her or they/them

Hobbies/Pastimes/Joys:

Skiing.  Cooking food for others.  Long hugs.  Community.  Love.  Devotion.  Oracle cards. Clean Beauty.  Smashing my fingers on typewriters.  Watercolor & Ink painting. Travel.

what built me (And what i've built)

Crafting Authority is NOT my jam. Proof of Praxis? Fuck yeah.

If you’re looking to hire a consultant , coach, or speaker with business experience beyond building a six-figure coaching business coaching coaches, I’m your womxn.  

  • 18+ years of experience in corporate and small-business marketing, operations, & coaching (from new business owners to Fortune 500’s).  
  • I led the marketing and operations team that took a Fortune 500 over the billion dollar a year mark, back when that was novel.
  • I’ve built a lot of businesses as an entrepreneur, and have made myself/investors A LOT of money. (Money is a metric, but not the only thing that matters. Fuck capitalism, but it’s a metric nonetheless.)  
  • In the past four years, I’ve facilitated more than 75 retreats for over 400 people.  With a 30% return rate to future events.
  • I founded and co-created a non-profit in Kenya, which was the first example of locally-trained design thinking work being used in development work.
  • I am trained in Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching and Certified in Integral Coaching by ICC.  
  • I have a Master’s Degree in Private Sector Development from NYU. And a BA in Philosophy from Smith College. I have also studied at Columbia, Harvard, and UT-San Antonio. Happy to forward my CV on request, or you can visit my LinkedIn.  

MAKENNA’S MEDIA BIO & INFO

Makenna Held is a writer, educator, and serial entrepreneur.  Her vast experience spans from Academia (leading classrooms as a favorite professor), to Marketing (directing the world’s largest (and most lucrative) online advertising funnel), to Non-Profit Work (founding a non-profit in rural Kenya that shattered ideas of how ‘development’ work could be done), to Business Leadership (now operating as the CEO of four businesses).  Most known for being ‘the woman who bought Julia Child’s house’, her work is committed to exploring paradigms of the human condition including liberation, human potential, and the essence of suffering. Through her cooking schools, coaching, writings, and live events she inspires humans to live lives of purpose and intention through obliterating conventional wisdom and cultivating their own ‘recipes’, to allow deeply resonant, and personal truths to shine through. She and her work has been featured in Vogue.com, Today.com, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Forbes, CondeNast Traveler, and more.”

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Media Opportunities

speaking

I love to speak to groups at events, corporate brown-bag lunches.  Size doesn’t matter.  Topics? Cooking as understanding of self, business as activism, entrepreneurship, and collective, visionary leadership.

Interviews

Want me on your podcast? Your summit?  Your TV Show? Here’s the deal, I’m a yes unless you care about specific numbers on lists, etc.  I don’t share that info.  

 

Collaborations

I collaborate with other brands on occasion.  And love sharing resources with others.  Sponsoring events, and doing product collabs are my favorite.  

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what else I'm up to

My work(s)

In case you missed it on the home page?  Here’s what I am up to in the world.  

A family lifestyle band. Retreats.  Adventure Travel for the rest of us. A work in progress, launching 2021.

The Courageous Cooking School has two flagship campuses…La Pitchoune, in the South of France and Leading Fields, in Woodstock, VT.  We also host pop-ups around the world

A fledgling leadership training company for entreprenerus and mid-career leaders looking to shift their capacity and fast.

Redistribution of power in the music industry.  Women owned.  Disruptive funding for musicians.

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Want to chat speaking?  Courageous Cooking experiences at your own company?  Team coaching?  Collaborations? Feel free to reach out to me.  I’d love to chat.  

Email Address

team at makennaheld dot com

phone number

+1-770-853-3424

ADDRESS

France, Vera the VW, Colorado, and More…

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