Pooja Khandelwal – Director – Career Retention, Navigation and Transition at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada.
Pooja has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and a Certified
Mentor Coach (CMC). She is currently the Director – Career Retention, Navigation and Transition at the
University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Her team focuses on building leaders’ individual
resilience and capacity in retaining talent, as well as supports employees’ career resilience in a
continually changing environment.
She began her coaching journey in 2007 becoming one of the first credentialed coaches in India. After
moving to Vancouver, Canada, she was hired into the first full-time internal coach position at UBC. In
2015 she became their first master certified coach bringing recognition to UBC’s 15-year-old robust
coaching program that comprises of 40 internal and 30 external volunteer coaches.
Pooja has served on the ICF Vancouver Chapter as the Director for Coach-Giving. During her tenure, they
pioneered the ‘Leadership Coach-Giving program’ that won the International Coach Federation’s award
for innovative initiative for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015. She was one of the founding
mentor coaches for UBC’s certified ACTP program on organizational coaching and continues to serve on
the team of mentor coaches at the Global Academy of Coaching (Greece).
Before she embarked on a coaching career, she spent 15 years in business development and client
relationship management across a variety of industries.