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Hi. I’m Nayla.

I know how much work matters.  

Using academic rigor, my broad leadership experience, and my genuine, heart-centered belief in humans, I have spent much of my life exploring one of the biggest and potentially most impactful relationships in our lives: our relationship to work. I believe all of us can have a relationship with work that is intentional, meaningful and purposeful, and sets us up to deliver excellence in what we do. Our work together will be grounded in research, and led with heart, and delivers lasting learning and impact to your performance.

For more than ten years, I was the Dean of Students at Columbia Business School where I coached, taught, and advised thousands of students, led a large team of professionals, and co-founded the Leadership Lab, the clearinghouse for leadership activities for MBA and EMBA students. More recently, I led learning and development for a global medical diagnostics company, building management, talent and leadership development programs for leaders at various levels, managing employee engagement initiatives, and designing our curriculum. I coach and facilitate for leaders across levels and industries.

I teach and coach at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Business School and with the Institute for Personal Leadership.

I’m proud to support various women’s leadership organizations, including the Athena Center at Barnard College, the Quorum Initiative, Girls Leadership and NEXT.

Education: Smith College (BA), University of Pennsylvania (MSEd), and Columbia University (doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership).

Certifications: PCC level coach, International Coaching Federation (ICF); Immunity to Change (Harvard University); Hogan Suite of assessments: Korn Ferry Voices and Via Edge.