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10 Questions with Mya Wilson

Mya believes there is a leader in all of us and through her coaching practice, assists individuals in recognizing their untapped leadership skills to position them for success in roles that fulfill them both professionally and personally. Mya’s coaching practice is built on brain-based, analytical emotional intelligence data that is proven to help individuals lead more effectively and drive their teams toward success. She has coached leaders at every career stage, and more recently, has worked with mid-career and emerging leaders that are in need of better understanding of themselves and their leadership styles so they can start their leadership journey on their best footing.

Mya has a 20-plus year career in public health and health administration where she coached individuals in practices of removing barriers that prevented healthy behaviors to increase positive health outcomes for themselves and their loved ones, Master level students with excelling in professional health concepts and next steps for post-graduation positions, and health care leaders as they worked to educate and advocate for equitable health services across the country. 

Outside of her career experience Mya is a lifelong learner and student. She holds a Doctoral degree in Health Administration, a Master’s degree in Public Health and Business Administration, and is currently working on obtaining a certificate in brain-based coaching.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is “all thought creates form on some level”. Whether positive or negative, our thinking determines our circumstances. When things seem a bit off in my life, I’ve learned to check my thinking. Everything we experience is a reflection of our thoughts. 

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?
Anyone who has gone through adversity, didn’t give up and experienced growth as a result. Hearing of these experiences normalizes my experiences with adversity and reminds me to never give up.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?
Unlimited potential lies within you.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?
One of my favorite books is A Little Life: A Novel by Hanya Yanagihara.

It’s a heartbreaking story about trauma, mental illness, and survival. It’s a wonderful testament of friendship and love. It’s a thought-provoking novel that required I put it down, process, and pick it back up again. It’s the only book I’ve read that evoked so much emotion I cried while reading and was breathless at the end. It’s a book I’ll never forget.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
One thing I like to do to relax is to hang out with my closest friends over a glass of wine.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OR YOUR INDUSTRY FACES, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?
Looking at the industry as a whole, a challenge the coaching industry faces is the lack of ethnic diversity among professional coaches. Attend a coach training program or coaching conference and what you will find is the apparent lack of ethnic diversity among the trainers, movers, shakers, networks and thought leaders in the profession. Ethnic diversity, equity and inclusion within the coaching profession is a necessity for supporting individuals, organizations, and for making a positive impact.

WHAT IS ONE TREND IN YOUR INDUSTRY THAT EXCITES YOU?
Recent worldwide pandemic events have brought about more awareness of racial inequality within the coaching profession. Professional coaching organizations are now discussing how to best service diverse clients, how to implement diversity and unconscious bias in coach training programs, and what coaches can do themselves to increase their self-awareness and understanding.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
I try to take time out for myself every day to decompress.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My AirPods.

PLEASE, FINISH THIS STATEMENT: LEADERSHIP IS...
acknowledging the brilliance of others


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