I'm mixed heritage, from Jordan and the Philippines, so I have always existed in between cultures. I lived in 5 different countries by the time I graduated from university in the US, so I naturally became interested in international relations stems from how I came to understand the (increasingly global) world around me. So far, I've lived in 8 different countries and speak 8 different languages.
Prior to coaching, I’ve worked in various positions in international relations and development in organisations including the United Nations, World Bank, and the Jordanian Embassy in Washington DC. I joined Google in 2014 and worked in Public Policy and Government Relations. Through these experiences the strongest skill I have cultivated is my adaptable and open global mindset, making it natural for me to communicate and translate complex knowledge and skills to a diverse range of people.
During my professional journey, I stumbled upon yoga and mindfulness to deal with a demanding work life. Yoga helped me to be more grounded and centred, but I also attribute my yoga practice to realising my awareness for the first time. This was a natural segue to a mindfulness practice, but it wasn't until I joined Google that I experience first-hand (through my training in Google's renowned "Search Inside Yourself" corporate mindfulness program) how mindfulness can be applied to our day-to-day lives, specifically at work. I deepened my mindfulness practice through the teachings of Tara Brach, John Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh, and became an internal trainer for mindfulness at Google. From there I decided to branch out and share these practices with a wider audience as a corporate-based mindfulness trainer based in Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region, as well as the Head of Growth & Development at Potential Project, a global leader in providing customised, organisational effectiveness programs based on mindfulness.
All this led me to coaching. I've been coaching informally my whole life: I was usually the go-to person for friends and colleagues who were struggling with complex work/ life issues, and I'm still constantly coaching myself to deepen my happiness and health. But as of early 2018, I was introduced to professional coaching practices through Transcend International when I joined in 2018 as Head of Growth & Development, and started training with them to become a coach.
I left Google for yoga, mindfulness, coaching and a move towards the wellness industry. I specifically enjoy coaching because I believe in its power to change individuals. It's so rewarding for me to work one on one with people who are motivated to change and take things to the next level in their lives. I believe individual impact reverberates outwards - it's the foundation of large scale change.
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