Ama La Vida exists to help you on your ongoing journey to become the person you want to be and to enjoy life to its fullest. Our clients come from many walks of life, but the thing they have in common is a deep desire to “always be bettering” and to be surrounded by others who understand and support them in pursuing their passions and goals. Our coaches partner with you to bring clarity to those goals and to keep you accountable to the vision of life and work that you have for yourself.
We utilize proven coaching methodologies and have developed proprietary coaching curriculums in our eCoaching platform to support our clients throughout their work with us. This hybrid approach of one-on-one coaching sessions and modules in our software ensures you maximize your time with your coach and makes coaching more affordable and results-oriented than ever before.
Though we have proven processes and structured programming, we know that each person is unique, and your coaching journey will be different from anyone else’s. We call it “freedom within a framework.” The process is here to provide structure and accountability and has been put in place over years of experience. However, what happens within each engagement and each coaching session must be tailored to you, your goals and your unique learning style.
Coaching continues to increase in popularity as an effective tool for individuals and organizations to increase clarity and create sustainable change. As the industry grows, it has become increasingly difficult to understand the qualifications and effectiveness of the many coaches out there. Coaching is an unregulated industry, meaning anyone can legally call themselves a coach with little or no coaching training. We require that our coaches have completed an ICF accreditedcoach training program before applying to work at Ama La Vida. From there, they undergo rigorous training to learn our proprietary methodologies, processes and technology.
Team & Community
Most coaches are sole proprietors which means if you select that company to work with, you only get the experience that one coach brings. Ama La Vida has a team of coaches and an intelligently designed matching process to ensure you are paired with the right coach for your goals and personality. While you’re working with the right coach for you, our full team of experts is here in the background providing support and resources to your coach and opening up their networks to you as a client. You’ll also have access to our full client community of thousands of ALVers.
Women Owned & Operated
Though we do not work exclusively with women, we are passionate about supporting women to achieve fulfillment and success on their own terms. We are proud to be a women-owned business, and we take pride in being a choice employer for women. We take pride in the diversity our team brings and the fact that we have been leading pro-bono initiatives to support the local community since Ama La Vida’s inception.
Ama La Vida is one of the world’s leading career, leadership, health and life coaching companies. We have a team of coaches throughout the country, and we serve clients all around the globe. We partner with corporations, universities and individuals to provide personalized coaching across our many areas of expertise.
We coach in a wide variety of environments and contexts, and we work with clients who are just starting their careers all the way to top CEOs. Though our clientele is quite diverse, we find there are some common themes among them.
The people who are attracted to Ama La Vida are people who aren’t satisfied just accepting what is, but instead are dedicated to their future vision for themselves and their lives. They are on a constant journey of learning and self-improvement, and they are willing to invest time and resources to achieve their goals. They want to live life with intention and make an impact in the world, even if in a small way. Undergoing coaching is hard work and can at times be quite confronting – we work with people who are ready to take on that challenge.
To best understand how we approach our client relationships and coaching engagements, it is most helpful to give you a glimpse into how we operate. These are our nine “culture commandments” which govern how we show up to work each day and how decisions get made which impact our business, our team and our clients.
Though coming originally from different countries, being raised in different states and being very different people, we found ourselves in an incredibly similar situation in our mid 20s. We were worn out management consultants who knew we were in careers that we wanted out of. We had done all the “right” things: got phenomenal grades in college, landed highly sought after jobs and quickly moved through the ranks of our respective organizations. On paper, things looked great. But in our hearts and minds we knew we needed and wanted more, for ourselves, our careers and how we spend the vast majority of our waking hours.
At this time, we both coincidentally were introduced to coaching. For Foram, this was a clear ah-ha moment. If she became a coach herself, Foram could combine her business acumen and consulting expertise with her unmatched ability to get others to open up and challenge them lovingly. Foram is one of those people who you enter a conversation with chit chatting about the weather, and the next thing you know, you’re telling her your deepest concerns and worries, sometimes with a tissue in your hand. You have no idea how you got there, but at the end of it, the conversation was exactly what you needed, and you have clarity in how to move forward.
Following this ah-ha moment, Foram was accepted into the prestigious Masters in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University where she pursued her MS degree and coaching certification in Organizational and Leadership Coaching.
For me, coaching was an experience I never anticipated. My employer had given me leadership coaching as a promotion benefit, and I wasn’t exactly open to it. I was highly skeptical and had a lot of preconceived notions about what coaching could and couldn’t do for me. Despite my doubts, I found the experience transformative, and my coach helped me transition out of consulting into an exciting role in Corporate Strategy at a startup. As I transitioned, I noticed many of my peers feeling exactly the same as I felt – stuck, unsure of how to get out and giving in to the notion that work isn’t something you are meant to enjoy.
I knew I needed to democratize coaching and make it more appealing and affordable for all who need it. Through coaching, I thought I could activate people to move toward healthier and more fulfilling workplaces.
A mutual friend saw that Foram and I were tackling a similar problem from two different angles and encouraged us to team up. I wanted to build a business that would help people find happiness and achieve their potential, and Foram wanted to utilize the latest coaching research and techniques to help people learn, grow and be their best selves. It was a natural partnership from the start, and on a subsequent coaching retreat to Ecuador, Ama La Vida was officially born. The phrase is Ecuador’s national slogan, meaning “love life,” and it stayed with us long after we returned Stateside. We knew this was what we wanted to help people to do – love their lives, and not have to wait until 5 or 6 or 7pm when they returned from work to start doing so.
Since Ama La Vida’s launch, we’ve expanded our focus to include health, leadership and life coaching in addition to our career work and have hand-picked the nation’s top coaches to join our team. Together we bring holistic coaching solutions to help you transform your life into one you truly love.
I can’t wait to see what’s next for you. Your partner, cheerleader and friend,
CEO & Co-founder