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 have clients in other industries as well.

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 are 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; managing, developing, and evaluating your staff; developing an effective working relationship with your boss; setting goals and developing action plans; managing your career; work/life balance; and stress 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 working for such organizations as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization, the US Agency for International Development, Peace Corps, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, The Asia Foundation, AECOM International Development, and others. I have coached clients of 21 nationalities.

In addition to being a coach, I am also a freelance consultant, building on 6 years at consultancies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting Services.  My consulting areas include organization design, change management, facilitation, and strategic planning. I have provided consulting services to corporate clients such as the Asian Development Bank, 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.

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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