What a few of my clients say

Vikas Birhma,

Harvard Kennedy School, Echoing Green Fellow, Founder and CEO, Gramhal, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia

“I met Bela in 2018 during the Dalai Lama Fellowship and since then it has been a relationship that I cherish. As a mentor and coach, she helped me in developing a leadership rooted in self-awareness, compassion, and empathy. Bela is excellent at deep listening and asking the right questions. Hence, in my coaching calls, she acted more like a mirror and created a safe space to listen to my inner self. At Gramhal, when I thought of building a culture rooted in self-awareness and compassion, I immediately reached out to Bela and asked her to be our emotional intelligence leadership coach to our team of five. Bela’s sessions allowed us to look inwards, which is driving change and impact outward. Our team has developed a shared vocabulary that has improved not only our personal wellbeing but also our professional efficiency. If you want to know about her, please feel free to reach out to me.”

Ally Philip,

Program Manager,

Social Innovation and Change Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School

“Bela led a day-long retreat on self-compassion and core values for a group of student social innovators at Harvard. In the weeks leading up to the retreat, Bela worked with our team to clarify our goals for the experience and to co-create a meaningful experience for the students. During the retreat, Bela created a safe space for students to connect, reflect, and share openly, despite having never met them before. In their reflections, students shared that the retreat was one of their favorite sessions of the year – the space created allowed them to authentically reflect on their relationship with themselves and others in a way that deepened the community in our cohort and created renewed energy for their work moving forward.”

XSoraia Francisco,

Program Manager,

Princeton Alumni Corp

“It was such a pleasure to collaborate with Bela Shah. Her extensive experience with Fellowships and service work were clear in the ease in which she centered self-compassion. Bela facilitated an online workshop on Inner Wellbeing for our 2019-20 Project 55 Fellows. Even within a virtual space, Bela was able to exude warmth and safety. Bela's workshop offered our Fellows a new framework for wellness within community and service based work while they navigated a global pandemic. Our Fellows were provided the opportunity for self reflection, peer reflection, and the development of tools and resources to support themselves as they seek to create change. Our Fellows connected with the nature of Bela's work and how these perspectives are important to their everyday personal and professional aspirations. We would be more than happy to collaborate with Bela again and recommend her work!”

Peggy Mativo-Ochala, Harvard Business School, Founder, PACEMaker Intl, Kenya 40 Under 40

“Bela Shah is one of the most thoughtful and thorough coaches I have come across. Over the past few months, the techniques that she's shown me have helped me become more grounded and more ambitious while improving the experience of the people I lead. Her flexibility, her ability to ask the tough questions, and her ability to connect insights from multiple weeks of reflective conversation distinguish her. Through her coaching, Bela has given me a precious gift as a leader. I'm grateful, awed, and inspired by her.”

Deandra Cadet,

2018 Dalai Lama Fellow, Co-Founder and former Executive Director, InterAction

“There are no words to express how much Bela’s coaching was invaluable to me. One thing that I appreciate about her is that she is humble and curious. I felt like Bela thought that I was the exact person and that my peers were the exact people to be doing our work. So there was a humble stance in coaching those who already hold a lot of wisdom to help them find the wisdom that exists within themselves or their community. Bela was trustworthy, patient, and understanding. Also, as a woman of color, for me it was 100% calming to have my coach be someone who has some insight into my experience.”

Ruchi Varma,

Founder and CEO, HumanQind.org,

2020 Echoing Green Fellow, 2018 Dalai Lama Fellow

I have been truly blessed to have Bela as my coach and confidante since 2018. Her empathetic coaching has transformed me from an ordinary girl struggling within into a strong leader embracing inner values and challenging unethical and unjust systems. Bela has an innate quality of listening to what lies within each of us and an amazing power to see our authentic selves and the power we hold, something that we don’t even realize. She taught me how to channelize my emotions to fuel my inner voice and engage through compassionate action with the outer world. Bela continues to walk with me and coach me to establish the foundation of my organisational work on equity and happiness with HumanQind. She is a blessing, an anchor, and a mentor par excellence.

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