About the Author

If you’re wondering who I am; my name is Amber Wendover. I live in Redmond,  just outside of Seattle, Washington. The Northwest is my home, I don’t think I can ever live anywhere else. Although I do enjoy visiting other cities.

I love lattes, I drink at least one everyday. I don’t judge people, well, I’m getting better at not judging people. I am internally optimistic, I truly believe anything is possible. I believe it is important, no a requirement, to love what you do and do what you love. Life is too short to be define by anything or anyone, I think we all have the ability to define who and what we are. I have a funny sense of humor that not everyone gets and I am almost always using the wrong word at the wrong time. I’m a risk taker. I’m a realist. I’m hopeful. I would describe myself as passionate, opinionated and caring. My friends tell me I’m loving, brave and confident. I want to be known for being a good Mom and it only counts if my kids say I’m a good Mom. I want to be remembered for making a difference in the world.  I have learned that being vulnerable allows a deeper connection with people and that trust is the foundation of all relationships. As much as I talk, I really like to listen more. I am an avid reader, I’ve been known to finish multiple books in a day. I don’t really like watching movies especially because most movies I already read the book. Books are almost always better than the movie. I’ve been through some really hard times and I’ve been fortunate to have some really amazing times during my life. I wouldn’t change any of these times for anything.

I have worked for Intel, Microsoft and Amazon where I led training strategies and built programs for projects within each of these companies. I also developed the Pacific Northwest Regional Learning Program for Whole Foods Market and worked for Insights North America where I facilitated Insights Discovery programs and coached senior executive leaders, middle-managers and first-time managers from companies such as Microsoft, eBay, Nike and Boeing to improve their overall leadership and team effectiveness. I am a certified coach and facilitator for both Insights Discovery and the MBTI Assessment. I graduated with a degree in Communications from Washington State University. In my current role as Director of Learning & Member Engagement for The Woodmark Group (www.thewoodmarkgroup.org) I support a consortium of 26 premiere children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada that work collaboratively to increase private donations that can support patient care, research, and advocacy to keep kids safe and healthy.

I current have and have had some really amazing jobs! I’ve been laid off and quit jobs – all at different times. Each time, its made me learn something about other people, but more importantly, I’ve learned more about me. My professional life will never define who I am but it has made me much of the person I am. I appreciate all the opportunities I have had in my career and the amazing people I have met throughout the years. I have had some fantastic mentors whom I remain great friends with today.

Since we are on the Internet, I should probably let you know that I’m on Twitter (@awendover) and I started a page on Facebook: ThinkingWords.

And, the most important people in my life are my family. I have two amazing children (I know, everyone says that about their kids!). My kids make my world a better place. My son is at the age where he thinks he knows everything about anything. He is confident, focused and warm-hearted. My daughter is outgoing, smart (I mean really smart) and so similar to me it is hard sometimes. My husband and I met when I was 19-years-old. We have been through a lot together and we are still together today. He is the most supportive and loving  person I know (I know, everyone says that about their spouse too!).

Oh and I have to share some legal stuff, it’s important, so please read. The views and opinions shared on ThinkingWords are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of anyone I interact with in my personal or professional life. These views also do not represent any corporate identity that I may be connected to presently or in the past. When referencing names on ThinkingWords, I have their permission to do so. If you happen to read an entry and know the situation, person or company I am referring to, I ask that you not state these specific details without written permission from me first.


Happiness isn’t a destination, it’s a way of life.
Picture taken: 2015 by Jessica Hamlin Photography.








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  1. Great to meet you!

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