What Motivates Me?
I am a certified coach, conscious investor and business advisor operating at the nexus of capital, entrepreneurship, and spirituality with over 2 decades of experience in corporate finance, investing, financial healing and lasting behaviour change.
At age 27, I was a rising star at Morgan Stanley, closing billion-dollar deals across 3 continents. Despite the bank account and adoration of having “done everything right”, a future of corporate-ladder climbing and hustling seemed soul-killing and empty. After carrying an emptiness and questioning that no amount of money or admiration could fill for a few years, I chose to turn away from what I had excelled at, no job in hand, to build a purposeful life from scratch.
Walking through that darkness into light fuels me to support others out there who are aching to serve the world with their full and unique brilliance... and want a little help.
I have coached since 2010 and began my independent practice, Live True, in 2016 which revolves around financial wellness and purposeful leadership. I support my clients in making critical decisions concerning money and their livelihood that honours their values, and build rich lives they love. My coaching approach and training is trauma-informed: the compassion and safety I bring to difficult conversations sparks profound healing and transformative results.
I’ve learnt firsthand that the inner work needed to uphold your heart’s desire in a world that relentlessly asks us to “be more… do more…” demands courage, commitment and the right support. It is the greatest privilege to walk with my clients seeking success on their own terms and witness them finding wholeness, joy and freedom.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to experience life in its full wonder because of that first decision to step away from stifling convention. My other multi-hyphenates include: engaged mother, budding painter, seasoned yogi, now-rusty vocalist, spiritual sojourner, cycle-breaker and lifelong learner.
The first decade of my career was on Wall Street.
After graduating Magna cum Laude in Finance from The Wharton School of Business, I advised Financial Services and Technology companies on over $10bn worth of M&A, IPO and financing deals at Morgan Stanley.
Promoted and rotated across 4 offices over 3 continents, I served clients from privately-held startups to blue-chip giants, including PIMCO, Legg Mason, Temasek, OCBC Bank, and Siemens.
I began my coaching experience at Landmark Education in 2010. For 2 years, I empowered people from all walks of life to create life-changing breakthroughs, led transformational programs and raised new leaders for the organisation.
My private practice, Live True, began in 2016 where I have coached hundreds of emerging leaders (and some of their teams at work). My coaching certifications include:
International Coaching Federation (Associate Certified Coach) - 2018 and 2021,
Conversational Intelligence® - the art and neuroscience of building trust, navigating difficult issues and developing high-performing, innovative work cultures through conversations - 2018, and
The Trauma of Money, a compassionate approach that explores frameworks for healing collective and individual traumas to create financial safety and well-being - 2022.
While coaching is about helping my clients find their answers, they appreciate my lived experience, which includes:
a mother of 2 who has recovered from depression twice,
a recovering co-dependent, empath and perfectionist, who has learnt healthy boundaries in life and work,
a deeply-sensitive creative who has unlearnt the protective mechanisms that kept me from being my full self
despite being academically-trained in finance, a woman who once let her husband handle investing. (Said husband now insists I do a better job at it!)
I continue to be engaged with money since leaving banking. I oversee my family's modest and diversified portfolio, and ran a gender-lens angel investing club and venture capital fund from 2018-2021. My private portfolio is over ¾ women-led and/or impact-driven. I am proud to be an advisor to progressive investment vehicles like Angels of Impact and Circulate Capital, and a passionate activator of Coralus (fka SheEO), all organisations that are building a world that works for all, and living by those principles.