to make life-changing
delightful(!) and friction-free.
Consulting, coaching and speaking services supporting global leaders who want to make their services, products—and lives—more inspired, courageous, and EFFECTIVE.
By combining the rigor of science and data with the vigor of creativity and empathy, together we will uncover breakthrough insights and design practical actions that get big results. For work and for life.
I am a 20-year global health veteran and social marketer who has led transformational projects in tough places; from shoestring community girls' clubs in West Africa, to multi-country movements worth millions.
Are you serious about impactful + practical innovation?
Craving a fresh-eyes perspective that is still relevant?
Figuring out how to use design in your business?
I support global nonprofits, corporations, and leaders to develop and implement
breakthroughs using evidence, empathy and creativity.
My deep experience is public health, but I love juicy challenges of all kinds.
Are you serious about tapping into your authentic power and living + leading more courageously and joyfully? Taking on a big project and want to kick unholy ass?
I support international health leaders and expats to build, manage, and inspire diverse teams and complex projects that get big results.
I coach global professionals and expats to gracefully navigate innovation, growth, and change; in both their professional and personal lives. Learn more...
Craving inspiration? Want to get (re)energized to make practical magic in your project, organization, or life?
My provocative talks are delivered with vulnerability, humor and sass. Grounded in stories based on 17 years of living in West and East Africa, they will inspire your group to think differently and love and lead more wholeheartedly. Learn more...
" I worked with Manya through a critical transition for me, out of clinical/ hospital-based medicine and into the development sector. She is an outrageously creative, out-of-the-box thinker, an inspiring leader, and a wonderful mentor. Manya made me feel secure to challenge myself in my new line of work. I truly grew into my own under her mentorship. I still approach many professional and personal challenges by asking myself “What would Manya say/do?”
-Dr. Radha Karnad
Jhpiego, Nairobi, Kenya
"After working closely with Manya on several sophisticated projects, I can say without reservation that she will always bring passion, pragmatism, and results to anything you challenge her with. Her breadth of experience and proven record of overcoming the most diverse contexts is unrivaled. The challenges she's faced in her life and career have only enhanced the boundless positive spirit she brings to every project. If you get the chance to work with Manya, consider yourself fortunate."
-Wesley Hersch, PhD, Associate Director, Arizona State University
"I want to express my appreciation for Manya’s energy and enthusiasm. She communicated this excitement when she presented during her visit to [the World Health Organization] in Geneva last year. Manya can take credit for communicating the message that that we have to push the frontiers of what we know and do, to change the prevailing unacceptable situation in terms of girls access to and use of contraception."
-Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli
Adolescents and at-risk-populations team, World Health Organization