Paresh Shah MBA, CPBC


For over 25 years, Paresh Shah has been a trusted coach and advisor to Boards, CEO’s, C-Suite, Senior Armed Services officials and other leaders of publicly traded global companies, international non-profits, governmental organizations and business owners seeking to drive professional and personal growth and success.

With a broad background as a defense aerospace engineer, Harvard MBA, C-Suite strategist and deeply trained yoga and mindfulness instructor, Paresh offers unique expertise in leadership, business growth, mindfulness, and personal transformation to drive performance beyond recognition.

As a world-class coach, master facilitator and organizational development and training expert, Paresh has travelled and worked in over 52 countries, providing a unique global perspective on the challenges senior leaders face. He has been invited to speak, train or participate in conferences such as TedX, SXSW (South by Southwest), Wisdom 2.0, United Nations Peace Day, Main Platform GAMA/AALU (FINSECA), International Yoga Expo, Junior Achievement Global, CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Festival of Storytelling, (WBEC) Women’s Business Executive Conference, (NMSDC) National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, International Advertising Expo, Ignite Talks, Heroic Public Speaking and Disrupt HR. 

Mr. Shah’s thinking and insights have been featured in leading publications such the best-selling innovation book series, Non-Obvious Mega-Trends, and journals such Forbes,, Inc., Entrepreneur, Psych Central, Smart CEO, Killer Startups, GAMA International Journal, and Under 30 CEO. 

Currently, Paresh is founder and Chief Value Architect of Lifter Leadership, a global training and transformation company centered on teachable, learnable methodology that lifts talent engagement, customer loyalty, workplace well-being, inclusion and real-time innovation to everyday evolved leaders. Mr. Shah is under contract with IdeaPress to publish his forthcoming book entitled “Lifters – Everyday evolved leaders who uplift their customers, coworkers, community and company – on purpose”.

As an early executive at Monitor Company, a strategic consultancy formed by Harvard Business School professors, including world-renowned strategist Professor Michael Porter, author of Competitive Strategy, Competitive Advantage and Competitive Advantage of Nations, Mr. Shah served top financial, technology, media, hospitality, industrial and service clients as it grew from a tight team of 100 professionals to a global staff of over 1000.  In addition to his coaching and advisor work, Paresh has been co-founder of 5 technology companies, one of which is currently valued at $1.2 BN.

Rated among the top 5% of professors for his blend of insightful teaching methods and engaging style, Paresh has been a popular adjunct business professor and lecturer of leading MBA programs at University of Maryland, University of California, American University, and the Hong Kong Management Association. 

Paresh received his MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS) where he authored several business case studies, served as an officer of the university, provided early insights and collaborated with colleague, Dr. Anil Gupta, author of Getting China and India Right (Jossey-Bass), and head of the Marketing department, Dr. Kasturi Rangan in writing Transforming your Go-to-Market Strategy (Harvard Business School Press).

After graduating #1 in his engineering class with a BS degree from the University of Maryland where he was also President of the Honors Society, Paresh worked in defense aerospace radar and wireless systems at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Mr. Shah was a founding Board member of the Washington DC chapter of, an advisor for to the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, special advisor to the Alex Brown Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship, advisor to the Governor’s Business Council on India, and mentor to female and young entrepreneurs.

Throughout his career, Paresh has been passionate about uniting analytic, action-driven business mindsets with leading-edge approaches to catalyze transformative human performances at individual and organizational levels via applications of ancient wisdom and mindfulness technologies. He has completed the Landmark Forum, Advanced Program, and Communications Curriculum.

Invited by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to participate with 30 other global thought leaders in a two-day symposium entitled, Abundance without Attachment, Mr. Shah was also recognized as a global innovator on the United Nations International Peace Day.

As a complement to his business background, Paresh has deeply studied human performance, consciousness, self-help, yoga and meditation with leading masters and is a popular meditation, yoga, mindfulness and personal performance instructor and coach to evolved executives and celebrities around the globe.

On a personal level, Paresh is happily married and lives with his wife, four children and two rescue pets in the Los Angeles area. Some of Paresh’s greatest inspirations for clients come as he surfs, plays guitar (80’s classic rock) or drives his 1977 Chevy Nova

Education, Certifications, and Boards:

  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BS, University of Maryland School of Engineering, Maryland
  • CPBC, Certified Professional Business Coach (PBCA)

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Business and Executive Coaching
  • Business Growth
  • Team building
  • Innovation
  • Workplace Well-being
  • Entrepreneurial Endeavors
  • Leadership
  • Mindfulness
  • Technical Management


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