Michelle Shavdia, MSc (Dist.), BSc (Hons) is the founder of Find Your Spark (Social Enterprise) Limited. She is a positive coaching psychologist who is passionate about supporting young people to reach their full potential.
Having lost her father at 14, Michelle found herself lost for several years. She can understand, therefore, the challenges some young people face and the tools that can help bring them back from destructive behaviours.
Michelle has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology from Warwick University and an MSc (Dist.) in Coaching Psychology from the University of East London as well as eight years’ experience of coaching, mentoring and delivering inspiring talks to young people. Michelle is especially interested in the issues that at-risk young people face and how using coaching and positive psychology can raise their wellbeing and aspiration and prevent further problems from developing.
Her Master’s thesis research looked at what the perceptual life changes were for at-risk young people following participating in a coaching and positive psychology programme. Outcomes found were the ability to control emotions and reactions, increased experience of positive emotions and thoughts and the identification of purpose and meaning to life. This will be published in a highly regarded coaching journal in 2015.
Recently Michelle won a Haberdashers’ Grant and funding from Investec’s Bromley By Bow’s Beyond Business programme which enabled her to set up Find Your Spark as a social enterprise. She is also receiving one to one business coaching from Ernst & Young.
"Michelle has a natural gift for engaging an audience. Friendly and confident, she spoke from the heart and provided a speech for our ceremony that we know our graduates will remember. Michelle is lovely to work with and we felt very lucky to have her on our stage."– Michelle Gill, Marketing Officer, Cheshire College - South & West
"I have to say you are a great motivator and a huge inspiration... I hope your work manages to spread to the corners of the world and everyone else can benefit from your knowledge and impeccable character... thanks a million for your support."– Hamza Khan, Le Swap College
"Michelle was an inspiration to many of the young people she worked with. Her presentation skills were her key strength and she was able to deliver to both small and large groups of students. I would totally recommend her to any school wishing to hire a speaker".– Yasmin Latif, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Swanlea School
"Thank you once again from all of us here for your fabulous presentation at The Malling School last night. It was pitched just right for our audience."– Sue Ricketts, Marketing, Communication and Development Manager, The Malling Holmesdale Federation
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