This is my story
Co-founder & Chief Coaching Officer
Adjunct Faculty, Northwestern University
Organization and Leadership Coaching, Northwestern University
M.S. Learning and Organizational Change, Northwestern University
B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hogan Assessment Certified
Fluent in English and Gujarati
Hi! My name is Foram Sheth and I first want to thank you for taking the time to read this. We are all busy and pressed for time and it means a lot to me and this company that you’re invested in finding out who we are and assess if we’re a good fit for you. So now, a little bit about me.
I identify myself as a mother, a wife and a passionate individual who is driven to empower those around me to thrive. I realized that the best athletes, performers, and leaders all have one thing in common – they dedicate themselves to improving by partnering with a coach.
My personal journey began when I moved to the United States at the age of 9 from India. My parents gave up a comfortable life to a struggling one to provide me and my brother with unlimited opportunities. I watched my parents sacrifice everything for us. This upbringing instilled the values of hard work, resiliency and tenacity. I leaned into these values during my time as a healthcare consultant.
Consulting taught me the importance of establishing rapport, cultivating relationships and producing results through a data-driven process. While consulting, I pursued my Master’s degree in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. During this time, I was fortunate enough to work with a leadership coach and that’s when I knew I had to learn the art and skill of coaching.
As I became more informed about the coaching world, I realized high quality leadership coaching is typically reserved for the top leadership team. But what about new and mid-level managers who need personalized support to cultivate high performing teams? How do we scale coaching and break down the barriers that traditionally make coaching only reserved for the senior leadership team? These are the questions we asked ourselves when we launched Ama La Vida. And I’m proud to say we have been able to disrupt the coaching industry by leveraging technology to make coaching more accessible, scalable, tangible and results-driven.
You’ll learn soon enough that I am obsessed with Harry Potter and often make references to Kung Fu Panda and Modern Family. I like watching TV and laughing at Phil’s jokes, finding inner peace like Master Shifu and waiting for my letter from Hogwarts.
This is My Coaching Method
Who is the right coach for you?
This is an important question to ask before you engage with any coach. Working with a coach is like being in an intimate relationship. You have to be yourself and feel comfortable putting it all out there – your fears, your joys, your sadness – without any judgement or hesitancy. Only then will you get the most out of coaching and will your coach be of value to you.
Am I the right coach for you?
- Are you committed to achieving your goal?
- Are you willing to be open-minded and challenge your status quo?
- Are you willing to explore the unknown and reach outside of your comfort zone?
- Are you willing to be transparent and share your successes and doubts?
- Are you committed to investing in yourself?
If you’ve answered yes to the questions above, you’re the type of person I want to work with and I know we’ll achieve greatness together. You’ll read below a detailed description of my coaching style.
How I would describe my style and expertise is:
- Results Driven
- Integration of Coaching with Change and Learning Theories
As a coach, I want to first get to know you. I want to understand what drives you, fulfills you and what makes you tick. Based on an understanding of who you are, we have a better understanding on how to work together. I want to work with you to develop a custom plan for you based on what we know and identify criteria to measure progress and define what success looks like.
My analytical and consulting background has shaped me to be very data driven and results oriented. I believe in the power of assessments, measuring progress and delivering value to every engagement. We will assess each criteria and validate the progress we’ve made and what we still have to work on. This will give me – as your coach – feedback on our engagement and you – as the coachee – a pulse on your progress.
A critical component of my job as a coach is to bring awareness and be honest while doing so. My promise to you is to be candid in our communications so you walk away with clarity and honest feedback about your progress and areas of opportunity, while also providing support where you need it and when you need it.
I know change is hard. Every coaching engagement requires a form of change – changing your habits to delegate more or changing your behavior to live more. In my coaching with you, I integrate the principles of change and adult learning to accelerate your progress and ensure permanent change.
Finally, my promise to you is utmost confidentiality in our work together. I will create a safe, non-judgmental environment, allowing you to be open and comfortable during our time together.
I would be honored to work with you and offer my assistance to help you reach your definition of success.
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But Don’t Take it From Me
Foram was a thoughtful, insightful, and incredibly helpful coach. She brought a positive and calming energy to every coaching session, and she made me feel completely at ease about sharing and working with her from the first time we met. I really appreciated her ability to ask deep, probing questions that helped me reflect on, explore, and better understand the drivers behind my approach to my life and work. She was able to do this in a way that challenged me to push myself, while still offering a supportive, encouraging environment. Foram always listened to me and provided rich and detailed feedback. She is a great coach who really helped me think about the big picture and long-term planning, while not overlooking the important near-term details. I would highly recommend Foram, and I would love the opportunity to work with her again!
I worked with Foram to help develop my leadership potential. She spent a lot of time getting to know me and my goals, and is creative, perceptive and thoughtful in providing guidance on how I could best work with different teams and people in my current job. Foram provided new frameworks and methods to approaching challenges that I hadn’t thought of, and that made me solve problems and communicate more effectively. Foram helped me learn how to become a leader, not just a manager or employee. I highly recommend Foram for anyone looking to maximize their leadership potential or achieve their professional goals.