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John D. Hughes, Writer, author, consultant, and entrepreneur

With a 37-year career in information technology, John D. Hughes has spent the last 15 years as a sought-after leadership and information technology consultant to C-level executives. Prior to consulting, he held a variety of corporate roles ranging from computer programmer to project manager, and vice president of IT Strategy to CIO. He has a deep passion for leadership, as well as helping others achieve their gifts and life purpose

John launched his consulting business, GrowthWave, in 2005 with a focus on providing interim CIO services, strategic IT consulting, and IT leadership development. In 2016, he launched Gnu Talent, a technology leadership executive search firm in the Pacific Northwest. He has been a frequent presenter to small groups and conferences, speaking on topics like leadership, strategic alignment, highly sensitive people and careers, writing, and self-publishing.

John was an executive producer of and appeared in the film Sensitive: The Untold Story, and is the author of several books, including Haunting the CEO, a leadership book written in story format, and Unselling: The Independent Consultant's Guide to Trusting God for More Business, Faith, and Life.

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Personal Growth
A Weekend for Highly Sensitive Men
March 13 - 15, 2020
Come together with other highly sensitive men to better understand the challenges and opportunities life presents to you. Experts in the field Elaine N. Aron, John D. Hughes, and Tracy Cooper present a workshop examining Sensory-Processing Sensitivity and how it impacts the lives of highly sensitive (HS) men. Learn better ways of coping with the many challenges unique to HS men. 

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