Coach spotlight

Masa Gong

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 ICF certified Executive and Team Coach, Facilitator, EMCC certified Coaching Supervisor, and People Development Consultant based in New York City with 25+ years of leadership experience including 12+ years at Google. She has coached 850+ C/E/S/VP/Dir/Manager professionals and authored the coaching paper “Multiplicity: Asian-American Females – Understanding Cultural Frames to Enhance Cross-Cultural Coaching Effectiveness”. Most recently Masa designed and launched Google’s Manager as Coach Workshops serving 18,000+ people leaders worldwide. Masa has devoted her life to understanding differences and focused her graduate thesis on intergroup bias “Missing Link: Marrying Applied Positive Psychology and Diversity Training”. Her manuscript “Activating Coaching Supervision in the Americas to Address Racial and Social Justice” will be published in late 2021. Masa trained under Robin DiAngelo in 2017, scholar and author of White Fragility, and has 5+ years of experience delivering and designing diversity, equity, and inclusion experiences. She teaches and speaks in various forums about coaching, leadership and management, culture, and workplace well-being.

A history and Spanish major from Yale University, a Yale Delegate-At-Large, and a Columbia Executive Education alumnus, she recently received her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and now serves as an Assistant Instructor for the program. Masa also serves as a NEO learning-coach for INSEAD Executive Programs and Swiss start-up entrepreneurs. 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, insurance,
accounting, consulting, sports, non-profit, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and government services.

Areas of Expertise: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Executive & Team Coaching, Leadership & Management Development, Psychology of Groups & Teams, Workplace Well-being & Flourishing

Masa Gong