About Shana

I am a Harvard-educated certified executive and leadership coach who helps global professionals to leverage their strengths in order to be happier at work, bring their whole selves to their leadership, and amplify their impact on their organizations and the world.

Over the past 10+ years, I have had the privilege of coaching hundreds of people. I’ve helped people at all levels of organizations – from CEOs to middle managers to emerging leaders – to understand themselves better, communicate better, lead better. I’ve helped global professionals get clear on “what’s next?” in their careers and lives. I’ve helped women working in global careers to step into greater self-confidence, service, and organizational impact. Each coaching engagement is unique, but coaching topics tend to relate to leadership development, executive presence, emotional intelligence, career strategy and transition, work-life balance, and stress management.

As an American of part-Filipino descent who grew up in Latin America, and lived and worked for more than a decade in Asia, I relish cross-cultural work and have coached clients of 33 different nationalities (and counting). While based in Asia, my coaching and facilitation work took me to China, India, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and the Philippines.

I’ve coached leaders in Fortune 100 companies and in family-owned businesses, in international financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and United Nations agencies. For a period of time, many of my clients came from the international development sector, and I launched what became a popular and award-winning blog, Development Crossroads. In recent years I have branched out to work with clients in other industries like pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, technology, telecommunications, automotive, media, fintech, and banking.

A former management consultant with PwC and IBM, I have 20 years of experience in organizational development. I design and facilitate interactive workshops on topics like leadership development, giving effective feedback, women’s leadership, coaching skills for managers, navigating career transitions, and networking for people who dread networking. I also facilitate retreats and workshops for teams, helping them understand each other better, work more effectively together, and get more done.

I graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Policy focusing on strategic management. I hold a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation, and am a Certified Professional Integral Coach through New Ventures West. I am certified in a range of psychometric and 360-degree feedback tools (listed on my LinkedIn profile). I am affiliated with the Center for Creative Leadership, one of the Top 5 providers of leadership development worldwide, as an Adjunct Executive Coach and Faculty.

On a personal note, I am happily married, have two daughters, and no pets (much to my daughters’ dismay). A former couch potato, I find myself – somewhat surprisingly — enjoying yoga and Zumba whenever I can get myself to a class.

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