ABOUT ME

MY CORE VALUES

Believe in yourself 

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt, U.S. First Lady, Diplomat, Human Rights Activist



Show kindness


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


Dr. Leo Buscaglia, Professor, Author


Give encouragement  


Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.

Buddha


Maintain honesty 

DWYSYWD

Do What You Say You Will Do


Share your appreciation 


You bring out the best in yourself by looking for the best in others.

Gene Bedley, National Educator of the Year


Build your dreams 


Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe, Grand Slam Tennis Player


Naida Culshaw

I am curious by nature. I particularly enjoy exploring the underlying assumptions and perspectives in a situation, finding beauty in complexity and building on the strength of collaborative communities and teams.  

In my work as a facilitator and developmental coach, I encourage individuals to leverage entrepreneurial skills, imagine new approaches and manage in times of change. I equip them with a greater capacity for adaptability, offering opportunities to develop their own intrinsic aspirations and directives.

In my work as a university lecturer, I create learning environments that promote critical reflection, growth, and stretch-thinking. Not only do I explore the subject(s) at hand, but I actively make connections to the students' varied experiences and perspectives. Whether it's the dynamics of working in multicultural teams, exploring the role of a social entrepreneur, or defining the skills of a 21st century leader.

By putting my experience and enthusiasm at the service of my students, workshop participants and clients, amazing things can (and do) happen!  

Read more about my approach in this online interview.

MY PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Seven years in a Silicon-Valley advertising agency (account management/ media planning/ campaign development). Five years in a non-profit technology museum (marketing/ promotions/ program development). Two years as President of a Paris-based Anglophone association (strategic planning/ finance/ operational oversight/ conference chair). Four years as External Relations Manager at the American Library in Paris (community engagement/ volunteer management/ organizational development/ exhibit curation and design). Twelve years as an English-language business skills trainer for university students as well as IT Consultants, Project Managers, Executive Management, Human Resource, and Sales professionals (intensive workshops/ small group and one-to-one sessions). Four years developing and facilitating university-level courses as a part-time lecturer. Seven years - and counting - as a facilitator and developmental coach for professional and personal projects (small groups, teams and individuals) based in France.


I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations (minor in Business Administration), as well as a Master's degree in Museum Studies, specializing in non-profit administration (leadership issues, business strategy development, finance, fundraising, project management, organizational management and marketing).

BUSINESS SENSE TRAINING - facilitation, coaching, and business skills training