Shalini Somayaji

Transform Yourself, Transform the World

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Find Your Inner Peace

If you've been working in the nonprofit space for any period of time, you're probably familiar with burnout and overwhelm.  None of us can serve from an empty cup ... we're not meant to. Download the complimentary ‘Find My Inner Peace’ guide and discover ten steps to move from overwhelm to calm.

Coaching that Builds Leaders Who Are Ready To Lead Lives of Joy and Resilience

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Hi, I'm Shalini,

I’m a child of immigrants from India. In the late 1960s, my parents moved to Nashville where I was born. My family continues to be a source of joy and support as we are now three generations in this country. I was raised in a small close-knit Indian community which instilled in me a community pride, which helped me navigate a city where we were the ‘other.’ My grandfather was the first person to inspire me to do good without expecting anything in return.

My passion for social justice was sparked after a fateful internship in 2000 at Raksha, a nonprofit dedicated to building a stronger South Asian community by empowering survivors of violence. I continued to work in the field of gender-based violence within the immigrant community at Tapestri as an advocate and co-executive director, and then Sakhi for South Asian Women as deputy director and executive director.

Through my extensive work, I learned the importance of creating spaces of support, healing, and joy - crucial for both staff and stakeholders. I believe that if we show up fully aligned with our values and are able to voice our needs, then we together can strengthen our families, organizations, and communities and create the just world we envision. These values inform my current work as a leadership and organizational development consultant.

My family and friends would describe me as kind, authentic, and a great listener. Those who’ve worked with me would say that I have integrity, positivity, and am solution oriented. Should we work together, you can expect the same level of care and lightness.

How Can I Serve You?



Work with me and learn simple tools to feel more joy while changing the world.



Invite me to speak on building resilience within your organizations.



Helping leaders & teams doing good in this world build thriving organizations.

“You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.” — Unknown

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