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Paresh Shah

Paresh Shah


Paresh Shah headshot
BS – Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland (1st in class)
MBA – Harvard Business School
CPBC – Certified Professional Business Coach
DPC - Diversified Professional Coach member


Professor of Business – Various Business, Leadership & MBA programs:

  • Adjunct Professor – Chartered Leadership Fellow – The American College of Financial Services
  • Adjunct MBA Professor - Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation – University of Maryland Smith School of Business
  • Adjunct MBA Professor - Leadership, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances – American University Kogod School of Business
  • Innovation & Leadership Lecturer – Univ. of California Irvine
  • Instructor – Hong Kong Management Association


Areas of Expertise:

C-Suite Effectiveness, High Performance Coaching, High Performance Leadership, Organizational Development, Team Effectiveness Facilitation, Talent Engagement, Motivation & Retention, Effective Storytelling to Inspire, Corporate Innovation, Conscious and Mindful Leadership, Technology, Financial Services, Building Customer Loyalty, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Belonging, Unconscious Bias, Productive & Effective Communications.

  • International Yoga Alliance Instructor - Over 1000 hours of yoga, mindfulness, and personal performance training and education
  • Landmark Education (Forum, Advanced, Communications 1 and 2)
  • Top 10 Finalist - Heroic Public Speaking


Inspirational/Keynote Speaker:

  • GAMA/Finseca -  LAMP Main Platform Speaker
  • TedX Speaker
  • Wisdom 2.0
  • Disrupt HR
  • South by Southwest
  • National Minority Supplier Diversity Council


For over 25 years, Paresh Shah has been a trusted consultant, leadership 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 mindfulness instructor, Paresh offers unique expertise in leadership, business growth, mindfulness, and personal transformation to drive performance beyond recognition.

As a trusted consultant, 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 major conferences such as TedX, Main Platform GAMA/AALU (FINSECA), SXSW (South by Southwest), Wisdom 2.0, and more.

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.  He is a frequent guest on numerous podcasts related to Business, Leadership, Mindfulness, and Personal Performance.

Paresh is founder and Chief Value Architect of Lifter Leadership (, a global consulting, training and transformation company centered on lifting talent engagement, customer loyalty & workplace well-being for everyday evolved leaders.

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. In addition to his coaching and advisor work, Paresh has been co-founder of 4 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.

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, 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.

Invited by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to participate with 32 other global thought leaders in a two-day symposium entitled, Abundance without Attachment to explore solutions to some of the planets biggest challenges.

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 or drives his 1977 Chevy Nova.