SKYE HIRST, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder of The Autognomics Institute (TAI), 1992,
Personal and Executive Coach, Consultant, Researcher, Philosopher, Facilitator, Speaker, Host of Learning
Conversations, Spiritual and Health Consultant and Jin Shin Jyutsu Bio-Energy Practitioner.
38 years as Personal and Executive Coach, Skye has worked with CEOs, business
owners, performing artists, philanthropists, conductors, and social
entrepreneurs to connect with their
personal authenticity bringing their integrity into focus for peak performance, whatever the context and
As Skye learned early from her acting
training, there is an authentic self in each of us seeking to act with greatest
integrity, and value intelligence.
As individuals feel an alignment, a “home place” within themselves, they
present a confidence and flow that is compelling, impactful and effective. It’s
like getting connected to an inner GPS in decision-making, problem solving and
communicating for finding effective actions in any context. The results are
peak performance at many levels and deep satisfaction and fulfillment.
Education and experience:
In 1992 with her husband, Norm Hirst, Skye co-founded The
Autognomics Institute (TAI) and since has contributed to the creation of two
technology companies based on original research from TAI.
Since 1992, Skye has directed the TAI non-profit group doing
research, consulting, facilitation and education bringing together 75 years of
study recently published on the emergent field of Life as creative organism in the Cosmos and History Journal of Natural Philosophy http://www.autognomics.org.
Skye has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of
Kansas, and a Ph.D. in human dynamics and communication from Union Institute
and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Skye began her work life as a singer and actress, living in
New York City and working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Summer Stock and
Opera venues. Skye left performing to develop effective communication programs
based on acting principles for Artists-In-Residence programs. She received her
PhD and later, founded her own consulting firm. Consulting with Fortune 500 companies, non-profits
throughout the US including State Arts Councils and the National Endowment for
the Arts, and Meet-the-Composer, she provided training and development,
coaching and customized programs in effective communication, including
presentations skills, team building, sales, facilitation, negotiation, public
relations and community relations.
In addition to being President of TAI
and Coach to clients both locally and nationally since moving to Maine in 2002,
Skye has been advisor/consultant to the Mid-Coast chapter of the Maine Women's
Network; The Riley School, an independent school and consulted to Riley
Founder, Glenna Plaisted, in the creation of the Riley College for Kids Art and
Science Camp. Skye produced and
hosted a weekly community radio show called SkyeVIEW, a kind of "All
Things Considered." She
served on the Program Committee of Mid-Coast Magnet’s 1st Juice Conference on
the Creative Economy. Skye has
volunteered for the PopTech Conference, Camden International Documentary Film
Festival, and was one of the directors of Camden Area Futures Group for 3
years. Skye has worked with Maine county
commissioners on prison reform, anti-violence, anti-drug programs and research.
Currently, she is hosting a worldwide series of
on change, our times, and providing commentary on emerging research through Autgonomics perspective. For seven years Skye has
written a bi-monthly column for New
England Journal of Inner Tapestry www.innertapestry.org reporting on emerging insights about the Ways of Life-itself.
Skye is an advocate and facilitator for Open Space
Technology, founded by Harrison Owen.
OST is a participant-driven, organic, self-organizing process being used
world-wide for meetings, conferencing, community change, planning,
problem solving, where there are issues and challenges of complexity, urgency
and passion. http://www.openspaceworld.org
As practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) for over 34 years,
Skye applies ancient tradition and wisdom of the East, Asian and
Indian forms of healing at the bio-field energy levels. Having experienced
life-saving healings herself through these methodologies, she helps others to
find healthful guidance and coherence balancing using these gifts from the
East. In addition to her practice
of JSJ she also uses felt sense focusing; a releasing technique inspired by the
Sedona Method, self-knowing imagery awareness, and the Hartman Value
Inventory from which Skye draws to further her discovery and inquiry of Life’s ways at the individual level.
Skye came to Maine to work and live in its beauty where the
quality of life is a high value and people take time to know their neighbors
and work at democracy.