Founder of the Academy of Change
Author, Trainer, Motivational Keynote Speaker
Certified Professional Coach
Grief Recovery Specialist
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Motivational Keynote Speaker
Certified Professional Coach
Mitra Mohamadzadeh is a resilient, independent and self-motivated Kurdish woman from Iran who came to Vancouver, BC, Canada as an International English Second Language (ESL) student accompanied by her teenage son, Mehrzad, in 2011.
Mitra is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, trainer, a member of International Coach Federation, a member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), a member of Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), a Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Certified Professional Coach who helps newcomers/ immigrants at all levels to achieve their personal and professional goals. She also helps organizations to take their executives and employees through the process of developing relevant skills to increase personal and professional growth, effectiveness, leadership, and create more positive change and productive workplaces.
Her coaching practice was born out of her wakeup-call in a car accident and human resources experience in Iran, Malaysia and Canada. Mitra founded her first coaching practice in 2016 as mitraselfcoaching.com across Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, Berlin, and Hamburg which then grew and morphed into the Academy of Change in 2018. The core foundation of the Academy of Change system is:
• DARE TO GROW: personal and professional development
• DARE TO CONNECT: communications skills
• DARE TO INTERGATE: filling the inter-generational gap
In Mitra’s Professional Development System, the focus is on three key skills: personal and interpersonal skills, communications skills, and leadership skills. She firmly believes all newcomers/immigrants are extraordinary in that they embrace the incredible task of immigration. Mitra encourages them to understand the privilege of being in Canada, and helps them gain the skills to connect, engage and accept the beauty of Canada’s multicultural, multi-generational, and multi-gender culture.
Mitra is the author of the upcoming book Walk with Myself: a Kurdish Woman’s Journey to Freedom featuring the Dare to Grow Personal and Professional Development System. This book includes her inspirational stories of accepting and embracing change over adversity in Canada. She is also the co-author of the upcoming book, Border Crossers: Where Positive Change Meets Positive Leadership.
Mitra has a dream of “Changing the World” and “Having a Positive Social Impact” on herself, family, friends, community, and the world. Being around people energizes her. She loves networking and is often told she is an absolute example of a “Net Giver.” Nothing makes her happier than helping people in a coaching relationship and observing the powerful paradigm shifts of accepting and embracing the positive changes that happen. In the past few years, she has volunteered her time at University of Toronto as a Human Resources Panel, Welcome Centers, Dress for Success, Refugee Shelters, the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), Toastmasters International, Ontario Society of Seniors Citizens Organization, and University Settlement.