Cheryl Shah

Cheryl Shah

Cheryl Shah’s 20+ years of corporate experience have led her to the conclusion that there must be a better way to lead, live and work. Her extensive work experience makes her an accessible and empathetic speaker and facilitator who can connect with the daily challenges of leaders and help uncover their potential to lead with extraordinary compassion and wisdom for higher employee engagement, resilience, and performance.

Cheryl is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, a curriculum developed by Kristen Neff and Chris Germer, through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.  She has a deep self-compassion practice that has given her resources to support her during times of stress and burn-out at work and given her the courage to make difficult decisions.  She regularly works with a mindfulness and self-compassion mentor to embody the skills she teaches.  Self-Compassion has given Cheryl more capacity to give compassion to others in her professional and personal life.

Cheryl is a Sr Facilitator for Potential Project and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher for over 7 years at Qualcomm and UCSD, Center for Mindfulness. Cheryl is also the Co-Director of Workplace Programs for UCSD and is a Sr Facilitator for Mindful Leader. 

Cheryl lives with her husband in San Diego, CA and they have two beautiful adult daughters. She enjoys playing tennis, traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends & family.

Geographic experience

North America



Experience as a coach (formal/informal)

5 years

Experience as a facilitator

8 years

UFacilitator stage


Environmental sustainability, Healthcare, Education, Skill development and employability, Gender equity, self-help groups, women-led businesses, Financial inclusion, Peace and conflict, Technology, Entrepreneurship


Areas of development and learning

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