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Executive Coaching

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Coaching for Diverse & Creative Leaders

My coaching practice is focused on creative leaders who are committed to make long-lasting, fundamental changes to their lives, organizations and communities. I am particularly passionate about coaching creative leaders from diverse and underrepresented communities, particularly LGBTQ2IA+, women, people of color and people who speak English as a second language.

Strategy meets Spirituality

I bring a rare and interdisciplinary blend where strategy meets spirituality:

Cut-through logic of a Business Strategist & 
flowing artistry of a Yin Yoga Practitioner

Rigorous implementation of a Chief Operations Officer & 
profound empathy of a Crisis Phone Worker

My approach has been informed by the the world-renowned Coaching Training Institute and my experiences as COO of a VC-backed startup and Corporate Learning Director at the global branding consultancy Wolff Olins as well as my own deeply personal experiences Coming Out and and being my most radically authentic self.

Read more on my story here.

The Coaching Experience

A coaching program takes place over a six to twelve-month journey, encompassing:

  • Monthly 1-hour coaching-mentoring session

  • Bi-monthly heart stand-ups and status check-ins over text, whatsapp or email

  • Quarterly introduction to a high-quality connection

I only bring on ten high-potential coaching clients every quarter as I’m keen to make sure each person has a profoundly transformational experience.

Get in touch if you’re keen on making profound change to your life, organization and community.


Coaching Programs

Following Brexit and the 2018 US elections, my friend Melissa Ciardullo and I were inspired to organize a meet up on how to change the world at Ubrew in London. This commitment to social justice has been with me since I was a kid.

Following Brexit and the 2018 US elections, my friend Melissa Ciardullo and I were inspired to organize a meet up on how to change the world at Ubrew in London. This commitment to social justice has been with me since I was a kid.

Visionary Leadership Program: Define your north star, manifest the change you want to see.
Each and every one of us has the capacity to make a difference. If you fast forward to the end of your life: What do you want people to say about you? How do you want to impact the world? Bringing together spirituality and strategy, we’ll collaborate to paint your long-term vision for changing the world, and design a plan of action with tangible goals, habits and small steps.

Fiercely Courageous Leadership Program: Re-invent the status quo
Re-inventing the status quo, whether it’s as an entrepreneur starting a new business, change maker fighting for equality, or designer putting their art out in the world, is an act of fierce courage. Following what is in our heart, doing what is right often goes against the mainstream. How can courage and creativity endure in the face of fear, criticism and sometimes hatred? This program is rooted in cultivating a deep understanding and love of our whole selves — our darkness as well as our light, our joys as well as our fears—and the capacity to stay whole and fiercely courageous.  

Melissa is an idealist. She’s determined and single-minded - she’ll see something through, come what may - and make money from it too. She’s absolutely determined that all her work leads to a positive outcome for people - and she’s very tough on work that isn’t as good as it could be. I’ve loved working with her, watching her make things happen, and being challenged by her too.
— Robert Jones, Head of New Thinking, Wolff Olins

Collaborative Leadership Program: Be the leader people want to work with
“If you want to travel fast, travel alone. If you want to travel far, travel together.” Leadership is about bringing everyone together to work towards a common vision. In this program, we’ll focus on the foundation of collaboration — building trust and psychological safety, championing your people, giving feedback and having difficult conversations and holding space for healthy debate and conflict. 

Talking about the hard stuff — confidence, anxiety, depression — is what gets me up in the morning. Spend time in my  library of lovingly curated content  on how believing in yourself can change the world

Talking about the hard stuff — confidence, anxiety, depression — is what gets me up in the morning. Spend time in my library of lovingly curated content on how believing in yourself can change the world

Confidence & Executive Presence Program: You can change the world
This program is most personal and deeply spiritual. It is based off my life-long journey of being courageously true to who I am. Once upon a time, I was a painfully shy Asian girl who never said word during meetings. Over the course of 34 years, I found my voice and went on to become an out-and-proud queer Motivational Speaker giving public talks to thousands of people all over the world. For this program, I bring a unique blend of TED-Talk style stories, practical habits and spiritual guidance to manifest the most powerful essence of who you are.

Career Development Program: Build a Career You Love
I’ve spent the past five years teaching hundreds of individuals at General Assembly find work they love —whether it’s starting a new business, transitioning to a new industry or getting promoted. Through a choreography of quiet introspection, creative brainstorming and mentoring, I’ll help you uncover what makes your heart sing, what you're good at and what legacy you want to leave behind. Once we’ve articulated your North Star, we’ll create a plan to build the career you want, with the opportunity to cover everything from your personal brand to CV to pitching skills.

Only superlatives describe Melissa’s ability to identify people’s unique purpose, strengths, and potential. I greatly enjoyed working with Melissa as she creates an empathetic environment to brainstorm and explore potential growth areas - from personal to professional spheres. She has my highest recommendation!
— Alan Hui-Bon-Hoa, Strategy Director, Vayner

Wellbeing & Resilience Program: Design practices for Gentle Ambition
I’ve witnessed far too many colleagues and friends working to the point of illness and injury, myself included. Success should not require working yourself to the ground. In the spirit of Gentle Ambition, we’d love to manifest your dreams in a way that nourishes your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing. We’ll collaborate to design habits and practices that help you stay healthy and resilient in a world where time is precious and failure is inevitable. 


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