MASA GONG
POSITIVE COACH. FIGHTER.

Underdogs are the future. I help clients be who they were born to be and thrive.
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Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. - Rumi

Professionals like you are working with me to flourish.

I have had some high highs and low lows. Let’s walk this journey together. I have coached and supervised over 1200+ C/E/S/VP/Director level leaders, managers, coaches, and teams to conquer underdog thinking, overcome fear, and manifest their innermost hopes and dreams. With 25+ years in business and 12+ years at Google, I’ve had the honor of supporting women leaders and leaders of color reclaim their power and achieve flourishing. I bring expertise in positive psychology, adult learning and development, race and gender theory, and an attitude of grit, hope, and play.

My calling is to unleash the Rocky Balboa IN YOU to occupy your birthright of power and possibility.

Naked and Afraid

Individual and Group Coaching

Existential Bootcamp

Leadership and Management Workshops

Agape Love

Building more than Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Positive Coaching + Experience + Science =
Be your whole self, transform, and thrive.
Custom Engagements Upon Request.

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Positive Coaching + Experience + Science: Be your whole self, transform, and thrive.
Custom Engagements Upon Request.

LEARN HOW

The Zen of Hudson River Ducks

Hear me out. During my morning COVID-19 walks to the Hudson River, I look forward to three moments of pause – the first bench that faces lower Manhattan directly, the next bench that looks uptown towards the George Washington Bridge with the full length of Manhattan to my right, and then my final lookout facing the Statue of Liberty and south towards Staten Island and Brooklyn.  I see tons of sky, water, and world.  My morning walks are my favorite time of day. This morning, per normal, I am watching some mallards (fancy for duck, the ones with the green…

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Clients Say

Masa exceeded my expectations; I felt she was *actually* listening.

The session exceeded my expectations. Masa helped clarify ideas I had and actions I needed to take to achieve my goals. She brought to my attention the roadblocks I created for myself and gave me confidence to follow through on actions I knew I needed to take. She summarized key achievements and thoughts I had and understood my ambitions and challenges very quickly.

-- Tech Professional, San Francisco

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2020-02-04T21:22:37+00:00

-- Tech Professional, San Francisco

The session exceeded my expectations. Masa helped clarify ideas I had and actions I needed to take to achieve my goals. She brought to my attention the roadblocks I created for myself and gave me confidence to follow through on actions I knew I needed to take. She summarized key achievements and thoughts I had and understood my ambitions and challenges very quickly.

Sessions With Masa are impactful and powerful.

Masa helped opening my mind and making me see that I am in a good path to continue developing my skills and becoming a manager. She did a great job of bringing things to light that may be weighing on my mind subconsciously, that I don’t often think about consciously.

-- Manager, Chicago

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2020-02-06T03:35:14+00:00

-- Manager, Chicago

Masa helped opening my mind and making me see that I am in a good path to continue developing my skills and becoming a manager. She did a great job of bringing things to light that may be weighing on my mind subconsciously, that I don’t often think about consciously.

Managing Expectations

Masa was always really clear on how career coaching works, was always listening to me with extreme attention and was not there to simply give me answers, but actually to make me think better. As a coach, she empowered me by helping me realize that I know my own answers to my own questions.

-- Engineer, India

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2020-02-06T03:35:49+00:00

-- Engineer, India

Masa was always really clear on how career coaching works, was always listening to me with extreme attention and was not there to simply give me answers, but actually to make me think better. As a coach, she empowered me by helping me realize that I know my own answers to my own questions.

Masa Gong had an immense impact on my team and the $1.5 billion of business for which we are responsible.

If it wasn’t for Masa, I really don’t think that our team would be in the place we are now: inspired, trusting, envisioning, and working towards transformation in ourselves and our clients.  It’s hard for one person to capture the far reaching impact that Masa has had but I wanted to share it with you all to the extent that I’m able.  We need more leaders like Masa, especially as we evolve to the next phase of who we are becoming as a company.

-- Director at Google, New York City

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2020-02-04T20:23:01+00:00

-- Director at Google, New York City

If it wasn’t for Masa, I really don’t think that our team would be in the place we are now: inspired, trusting, envisioning, and working towards transformation in ourselves and our clients.  It’s hard for one person to capture the far reaching impact that Masa has had but I wanted to share it with you all to the extent that I’m able.  We need more leaders like Masa, especially as we evolve to the next phase of who we are becoming as a company.

Masa helped me to find my boundaries

Masa is the best coach! I can’t say enough about how she helped me discover my better self. I worked with her for a year prior to the pandemic. The work we did has propelled me in the most challenging moment of my career. The experience was transformational but has also proved to be foundational.


During shutdown of the pandemic and in the wake of George Floyd, I was promoted to senior director. I went from individual contributor to team leader in a phone call. I’m grateful for the coaching! To step into a leadership role at this time would have felt overwhelming beforehand. However, Masa helped me to find my boundaries and establish well being as a way of life. I built confidence to not only be present in a room but to have a voice in the room. I learned the importance of framing on your mindset and how it impacts actions. In the process of developing myself, I discovered my own leadership principles, which guides how I lead my team on daily basis. Despite the challenges of working from home and our polarized society, I have never felt more ready.


Best of all I learned to embrace me. I am a young black female executive in Finance and I’m cool with sticking out.


-- LaNisha Bodley Senior Director, Stores Finance at Macy's

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2021-01-29T20:06:41+00:00

-- LaNisha Bodley Senior Director, Stores Finance at Macy's

Masa is the best coach! I can’t say enough about how she helped me discover my better self. I worked with her for a year prior to the pandemic. The work we did has propelled me in the most challenging moment of my career. The experience was transformational but has also proved to be foundational. During shutdown of the pandemic and in the wake of George Floyd, I was promoted to senior director. I went from individual contributor to team leader in a phone call. I’m grateful for the coaching! To step into a leadership role at this time would have felt overwhelming beforehand. However, Masa helped me to find my boundaries and establish well being as a way of life. I built confidence to not only be present in a room but to have a voice in the room. I learned the importance of framing on your mindset and how it impacts actions. In the process of developing myself, I discovered my own leadership principles, which guides how I lead my team on daily basis. Despite the challenges of working from home and our polarized society, I have never felt more ready. Best of all I learned to embrace me. I am a young black female executive in Finance and I’m cool with sticking out.

Her energy is just magic

I am always impressed by Masa's breadth and depth of knowledge in the Learning & Development space, it is extremely comfortable to work with someone who is as professional and responsive as she is. Not to mention that she is incredible as a training facilitator, her energy is just magic.


--Alexandra Brun, Head of Talent Development at Stuart.com

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2021-01-29T20:04:57+00:00

--Alexandra Brun, Head of Talent Development at Stuart.com

I am always impressed by Masa's breadth and depth of knowledge in the Learning & Development space, it is extremely comfortable to work with someone who is as professional and responsive as she is. Not to mention that she is incredible as a training facilitator, her energy is just magic.

Unrelenting warrior for social justice

Masa is a curious and unrelenting warrior for social justice. I appreciate her approach that is grounded in experience and the rigour of academics. My favourite Masa quote? "Do you want cosmetic surgery or open-heart surgery because I don't have a lot of time for cosmetic surgery. There are much more important issues in the world that need our attention and energy.


--Lily Seto, MA, CEC, PCC,ESIA

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2021-01-29T20:05:10+00:00

--Lily Seto, MA, CEC, PCC,ESIA

Masa is a curious and unrelenting warrior for social justice. I appreciate her approach that is grounded in experience and the rigour of academics. My favourite Masa quote? "Do you want cosmetic surgery or open-heart surgery because I don't have a lot of time for cosmetic surgery. There are much more important issues in the world that need our attention and energy.

Smart as hell, she can apply her knowledge in a practical, value-driven, and intentional way

If you are serious about your DEI &B efforts or wanting a professional coach to strengthen your resolve than Masa is your woman. She is insightful, thoughtful, well-humored, and wise. I choose wise over intelligent because while she is smart as hell, she can apply her knowledge in a practical, value-driven, and intentional way. She helped us with some programming in the Air Force and was a featured speaker on the immunity to change at an annual Air Force conference. Exhausted woman, add Masa to your tribe!


--Denise Cooper, Managing Director at Project Chapman and Retired US Air Force Colonel

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2021-01-29T20:04:22+00:00

--Denise Cooper, Managing Director at Project Chapman and Retired US Air Force Colonel

If you are serious about your DEI &B efforts or wanting a professional coach to strengthen your resolve than Masa is your woman. She is insightful, thoughtful, well-humored, and wise. I choose wise over intelligent because while she is smart as hell, she can apply her knowledge in a practical, value-driven, and intentional way. She helped us with some programming in the Air Force and was a featured speaker on the immunity to change at an annual Air Force conference. Exhausted woman, add Masa to your tribe!

An expert leadership and team coach

I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with and learned from Masa during our time together at Google. I had the chance to work with Masa not just in her capacity as an expert leadership and team coach but also when we both had roles leading the growth and development of internal peer-to-peer coaching "Guru" communities at Google. She generously shared and created learning initiatives based on her deep knowledge of organizational development to develop and inspire the coaching community.


Her voracious passion for organizational development and learning & development in both academic and applied fields means she brings a broad and deep knowledge of frameworks, theories and applied expertise.She has a unique ability to spark inspiration and courage in others and an unrelenting focus on integrity, sensing what is left unsaid, what needs to be said and doing what's right.


--Anna Pinsky, Strategic HR Business Partner and OD Consultant & Executive Coach at Google APAC

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2021-01-29T20:05:39+00:00

--Anna Pinsky, Strategic HR Business Partner and OD Consultant & Executive Coach at Google APAC

I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with and learned from Masa during our time together at Google. I had the chance to work with Masa not just in her capacity as an expert leadership and team coach but also when we both had roles leading the growth and development of internal peer-to-peer coaching "Guru" communities at Google. She generously shared and created learning initiatives based on her deep knowledge of organizational development to develop and inspire the coaching community. Her voracious passion for organizational development and learning & development in both academic and applied fields means she brings a broad and deep knowledge of frameworks, theories and applied expertise.She has a unique ability to spark inspiration and courage in others and an unrelenting focus on integrity, sensing what is left unsaid, what needs to be said and doing what's right.

Expert speaker… mission driven…

I've had the benefit of partnering with Masa Gong on Yale Alumni events on Career and attending her Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshop. Having seen Masa in action on these occasions, I can honestly say she is an expert speaker on these topics and deeply mission driven. Masa spoke with large grad and post grad audiences on career, and connected in particular with the women and students of color in the audience with her sage insights. She also skillfully led an engaging unconscious bias workshop with a packed room of high profile Yale alumni during homecoming week. I cannot recommend Masa more highly for coaching, DEI initiatives, and speaking engagements.


-- Vinod Lala, Chief Strategy Officer, Vonage

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2021-01-29T20:05:50+00:00

-- Vinod Lala, Chief Strategy Officer, Vonage

I've had the benefit of partnering with Masa Gong on Yale Alumni events on Career and attending her Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshop. Having seen Masa in action on these occasions, I can honestly say she is an expert speaker on these topics and deeply mission driven. Masa spoke with large grad and post grad audiences on career, and connected in particular with the women and students of color in the audience with her sage insights. She also skillfully led an engaging unconscious bias workshop with a packed room of high profile Yale alumni during homecoming week. I cannot recommend Masa more highly for coaching, DEI initiatives, and speaking engagements.

Radiates support, while also challenging me

Masa is an amazing coach. She radiates support, while also challenging me multiple times each session with a fresh perspective on how I might be contributing to whatever issues I have brought that day. She is making me a better coach by modeling what great coaching can be, and by helping me identify the ways in which I am holding myself back e.g. I hear her reminding me that "Self-care is ethical work in coaching!" when I feel myself grinding a bit. I whole-heartedly recommend Masa to anybody who is ready for her fierce commitment to challenge and support you in your journey of development.


--Eric Nehrlich, Executive Coach

Clients Say on Masa Gong
2021-01-29T20:05:24+00:00

--Eric Nehrlich, Executive Coach

Masa is an amazing coach. She radiates support, while also challenging me multiple times each session with a fresh perspective on how I might be contributing to whatever issues I have brought that day. She is making me a better coach by modeling what great coaching can be, and by helping me identify the ways in which I am holding myself back e.g. I hear her reminding me that "Self-care is ethical work in coaching!" when I feel myself grinding a bit. I whole-heartedly recommend Masa to anybody who is ready for her fierce commitment to challenge and support you in your journey of development.
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