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Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
 – The Dalai Lama  

Grinning with President Obama.

Leading a Panel in Istanbul

Celebrating work in India

Creating a culture of inclusion.

Loving the slopes of Montana.

Monica Nordhaus (she/her) is a Yale-trained, ICF accredited Executive Coach and Leadership Strategist. She works with C-Level and Senior Leadership in entertainment, technology, fashion, retail and finance. Coaching is a creative, inspiring and empowering partnership that enables individuals and teams to maximize their professional potential. It is a highly effective interactive process that enables clients to make significant, positive and sustainable changes across global sectors. Monica works with leaders and teams to engage and inspire those around them, to build trust and collaboration in challenging situations, to manage conflict and foster communication, and to exceed expectations and goals, creating a lasting impact on productivity and bottom-line results.

Monica particularly enjoys partnering with leaders and organizations seeking cultural transformation. Her commitment to sustainability efforts to arrest climate change and to inclusion efforts to retain, engage and promote diverse leaders comes from her family, who has been committed to education, advocacy and public service for generations. Her maternal grandparents were civil rights activists who were subpoenaed by the Senate Internal Affairs committee and subsequently blacklisted. Her paternal grandfather was a Tribal lawyer who won a land rights case before the Supreme Court for the Jicarilla Apache paving the way for future claims. Her father is a climate economist and her uncle wrote the Clean Air Act. She uses Socratic methods, empathy and creativity to help shift centuries-old patterns around these sensitive cultural issues. Her coaching shines light on challenges and bias with curiosity as she provides the compassion required for individuals and teams to make personal and professional shifts. She recognizes that cultural change requires both institutional and developmental change and is honored to be a catalyst. 

Monica grew up on the east coast and graduated with honors from Phillips Academy, Yale University, Columbia University and completed the Stanford University GSB SEP. Her career path has enabled her to work alongside top leaders in the entertainment and digital technology industries. She began her career as a writer/director and after garnering awards for short films, worked with Oscar-nominated directors Julian Schnabel and Tim Robbins in New York. In Los Angeles, she served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman & CEO of the William Morris Agency and as a founding team member of Fashionology, an innovative digital and retail experience store. 

Monica uses her love of story and her teaming experiences on film sets to help leaders be nimble, collaborative, innovative and authentic. She has coached individuals at the following organizations: Aol, Apple, Ares Management, Beachbody, Buzzfeed, Capital Group, Chanel, CBS, Directors Guild of America, Discovery, Disney, Estee Lauder, Fox, Google, Hyland’s, ICM Partners, LVMH, Makena, NBCUniversal, Netflix, New York City Ballet, Steve Madden, Uber, UCLA Health, SAGE Advocacy for LGBT Elders, Snapchat, Starz, Writers Guild of America and Yext. 

She has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Paris, France. She donates coaching to at-risk teens and individuals in need. She believes that everyone can benefit from coaching and that it should not be a privilege for the few. She earned her coaching certificate from Coach U, her Executive Coach training privately with a Yale Psychologist and Professor and is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University. She loves to travel and continually expand her knowledge of different cultures. She is fluent in French and is a dedicated yoga practitioner, surfer and skier. She is committed to providing the highest quality coaching and values discretion, intelligence, humor, authenticity and evidence-based coaching. She works with clients globally--in person and via Skype. 

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