David Whyte

David Whyte, poet, author, and speaker, grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire, and now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, he is an associate fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and the recipient of two honorary doctorates. David brings his poetry to large audiences throughout the world, and is one of the few poets to bring his work into the field of organizational development.

Learn more about this presenter’s work:

David Whyte—Courageous Conversation


  • Gratitude

    Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us.

  • The Lessons of Poetry

    Lately, I’ve found a remarkable key in that journey to be poetry, specifically that of poets like John O’Donohue, Mary Oliver and David Whyte.

  • Opening to the Horizon’s View

    There are times when my world contracts to only a few square feet—the distance to my computer screen, the car in front of me, the bills on my desk, the cereal boxes in the grocery aisle. As my view shrinks, I feel pinched and puckered, a too-big Alice stuffed in a very small Wonderland. With creativity squeezed out, minutiae and minor indignities loom large.