Masa Gong

Positive Coach, Coach Supervisor, Facilitator, & Consultant

I help exhausted, high-achieving women and leaders of color to overcome disempowering beliefs so they can show up powerfully and authentically at work and in life.

Raised by a single mother of six in New York’s Lower East Side, Masa has studied culture and human nature for as long as she can remember.  Driven by the difficult experiences of her immigrant mother and her own first generation, low income upbringing, Masa found her calling in developing others to reclaim and magnify their power and potential.  The grit of women, mothers, and workers of all colors fuels her.  Underdogs are her inspiration.  

Masa is an experienced Executive and Team Coach, Coach Supervisor, Facilitator, and People Development Consultant based in New York City with 20+ years of leadership experience in global tech organizations including 12+ years at Google. Masa develops leaders (through individual coaching or classroom training) from all sectors with a focus on women and people of color, and has devoted her life to understanding differences.  Part-coach, part-techinsider, part-teacher, part-scholar, part-historian, part-mystic, part-comedian, part-client, part-practitioner, all-New Yorker, she blends hands-on experience, business savvy, laughter, and modern social science.  She teaches and speaks in various forums about coaching, leadership and management, career, diversity, and culture, and authored the papers “Multiplicity: Asian-American Females – Understanding Cultural Frames to Enhance Cross-Cultural Coaching Effectiveness” and “Missing Link: Marrying Applied Positive Psychology and Diversity Training”. 

A medieval history and Spanish major from Yale University, and delegate-at-large, and a Columbia Executive Education alumnus, she recently completed her masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Masa now serves as an Assistant Instructor for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania for the school year 2020-2021 and is also a Learning-Coach for NEO supporting INSEAD Executive Courses (Leading Organizations in Disruptive Times, Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption, and Building Digital Partnerships and Ecosystems).

Spirituality, Gratitude, Love of Learning, Humor, and Zest are her signature character strengths.  Masa is also a devoted aunt to twelve thriving nieces and nephews, former Bikram yoga teacher, trained French pastry chef, and an aspiring writer.

Experience

Clients include F100 global corporations from tech, retail, food and service, sports, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and government services.

Sample work includes:

  • facilitating high-stakes, low performing team to thriving with individual and group coaching
  • individual coaching with top talent, Director/VP/SVP/C-suite leaders of color
  • designing and delivering corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion training
  • designing and delivering internal manager as coach development programs
  • designing team offsites and events
  • facilitating leaders to define values and key culture principles
  • consulting and delivering management and leadership development

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