About Shana

My name is Shana Montesol Johnson. I believe that it’s possible to have a career or job that you love, that makes an impact on the world, and that enables you to have a life outside of work.

And this is what I help people to do, in my work as a certified career/executive coach. Most of the people I coach are professionals working in the field of international development and aid, although I also work with clients in other industries, including media, financial services, pharmaceuticals, business process outsourcing, and academe.

My clients are at a crossroads in their work or lives: some are trying to figure out what’s next in terms of work, and want to be more strategic about their next career move. Others know they want to stay in the job they’re in, but feel stuck in some aspect of their work — managing a new team, dealing with a difficult boss, struggling with work/life balance — and want to get back to a place where they love their job.

Areas that I coach in include: leadership development; enhancing emotional intelligence; increasing executive presence; improving communication across teams; developing and maintaining effective workplace relationships (including managing your boss); work/life balance; and career transition and management. I also work with coaching clients in groups or on a one-on-one basis around the question of “What’s Next?” for their careers and their lives.

I have coached clients of 30+ different nationalities working for such organizations as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization, the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations Population Fund, Peace Corps, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Plan International, The Asia Foundation, World Vision, AECOM International Development, and others.

In addition to being a coach, I am also a freelance consultant, building on my past work experience as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting Services. My consulting areas include organization design, change management, facilitation, training design and delivery, and strategic planning. I have provided consulting services to corporate clients such as the Asian Development Bank, Johnson & Johnson, the US Agency for International Development, the Australian Agency for International Development, The Asia Foundation, and the US Department of Homeland Security.

Based in Manila, Philippines since 2004, I work with coaching clients in person in Metro Manila, and globally by phone or Skype.

I have a Master in Public Policy with a focus on international development and strategic management from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor degree in International Relations, magna cum laude, from Pomona College in Claremont, California. I earned an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation. I am a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), the FIRO-B®, the Emotional Quotient Inventory: EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360, and theCenter for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks® Assessment Suite.

If you’d like more information on my professional background, you can find it at http://ph.linkedin.com/in/shanamontesoljohnson

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