meet henna

2x TEDx Speaker. Executive Coach. Workplace Performance Expert.

I was considered one of the best recruiters on the east coast - and I gave it all up. I had an incredible sales and consulting career. I shattered records and was in the top 10% of the company every year. I loved the industry – but my heart broke every time I helped a high-performing employee exit their high-potential team.

Something had to change - and it was going to start with me.

I had it all. The prestige, the compensation, the recognition… my name was practically written in lights. And I couldn’t stand it anymore.

Over the course of 14 years in staffing, I watched leaders teach their highest achievers how to excel technically, add to their expertise, and become more competent in their jobs… but here’s what continued to shock me:  An alarming few actually had the time, energy, or desire to share the actionable strategies and tools that would help their best people actually lead with confidence, transform, and create bigger impact in their own lives. 

And over and over, these high achievers left those teams – often leaving the leaders and colleagues scratching their heads. They couldn’t figure out why their people were so unhappy. I told them:

“Maybe you’re not repelling anyone…

but you’re sure as heck not compelling anyone either.”

There’s an expression that says people change because they either see the light or feel the fire. As you’d expect, waiting for fire comes with a pretty giant price tag attached. So what are we doing to drive our best people to see the light?  To have a clear compass that points to their next level of success?

I decided that it was time to use my years of expertise and education to change this paradigm and turn on that light – FOR GOOD.

Whether you are an event planner, meeting organizer, association chair, corporate leader, or business owner, if you’re interested in being leaps ahead of your competition through transformational, high-impact keynotes and workshops, drop me a note if you feel that we can add value to our respective networks and goals. I would love to partner with you.

I’ve seen and heard it all. Now I'm so thrilled to be your partner and show you how to fix it.


Executive Summary

(AKA, my bio, written in the third person - because that way it doesn’t sound self-centered.)

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Henna Pryor, PCC is a dynamic Workplace Performance Expert who speaks and writes about performance mindset, interpersonal dynamics, high-impact communication, and embracing bumps in a world that keeps optimizing for smoothness. She's a regular Expert Columnist for Inc. Magazine, 10x award-winning author of Good Awkward, and an in-demand global keynote speaker. Her playful personality and insightful talks blend 2 decades of working with corporate leaders and teams, with a fresh, science-based approach to taking more strategic risks and boosting social and mental fitness for success at work.

She’s been invited to speak twice for TEDx in NYC and Wilmington, DE, and brings her expertise to a variety of global organizations including Google, Workday, Johnson & Johnson, and JPMorganChase. She’s also frequently tapped for her fresh perspectives by top media outlets like INSIDER, NBC, Washington Post, Fast Company,, HuffPost, and more.

Henna founded Pryority Group – a fast-growing performance growth firm – to expand on her belief that the key to most people’s success is learning to strengthen mental and social muscles in order to boost risk-taking, maximize influence, and be braver in the work that we do.

She’s been named a SUCCESS Magazine Woman of Influence and SXSW Workplace track speaker, and her bestselling book was endorsed by NFL Quarterback Russell Wilson and former HBR Editor Karen Dillon, and was named a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of the Year.

Additional Professional Experience

Henna’s finance career began with several years in external audit working in the Big 4 with Ernst & Young LLP, before pivoting into an explosive 14 year career with a $2 billion dollar publicly traded staffing firm. During this time, Henna consistently was a perennial “Gold Performer” (top 10% in the firm every year) and recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including the highly coveted Diamond Club “Performer of the Year” Award (#1 in the firm).

Education and Certification Summary

  • BS in Finance, University of Delaware, Honors Program (1999)
  • Masters in Accounting, University of Virginia (2000)
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, International Coaching Federation, 2022 (ACC earned in 2019)
  • Certification for Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP), Executive Coaching, American University (2019)
  • Certified Public Accountant (licensed in 2004)

In addition to the above mentioned traveling, mothering, and puppy-snuggling, here are a few other things I love:

  • Going to see live music
  • Evenings with Cody Rigsby on the Peloton
  • Being the social-event planner amongst my friends
  • 90's hip-hop (AKA the greatest era of music)
  • Hunting down a good piece of dark chocolate at any hour of the day
  • Relentlessly quoting Ted Lasso and forming my friendship with Jason Sudekis (he just doesn’t know it yet)

I was born and raised in northern DE before moving to Chester County, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia) in 2008. We love it here.

Let’s Chat!

Whether you are a high achieving professional, corporate leader, small-mid sized business owner, or simply interested in being leaps ahead of your competition through improved performance, mindset, or new tactical/strategic skills, drop me a note.   I would love to partner with you – and love making new friends too.


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