With over 20 years of corporate Learning & Organizational Development experience at global companies like Facebook, Walmart eBay and ecommerce, tech, retail and finance industries, Minji’s career expertise in organizational development, talent management, team effectiveness partnering with global leaders to bring clarity on direction and support for their organization through coaching is truly unique. She has led talent development teams and major initiatives through coaching thousands of high performing leaders, managers and individual contributors to be at their best.
Minji’s passion for personal growth and transformation goes beyond her day job. She is a 5th year Board Member for Girls on the Run, a national nonprofit organization empowering girls through exercise and a leadership curriculum.
As an avid marathon runner, Peloton enthusiast and practicing yogi, Minji understands that in order to have a strong mind, there must be a stronger body and soul. Minji, her husband Wayne and their children Miles and Ella [for love of travel and jazz!] reside in San Francisco, CA. You can find her family living an active, adventurous lifestyle full of rock climbing, running and biking. She is currently training for three marathon majors in six weeks- the Berlin, Chicago and NYC Marathon later this year.
5th year Board Member for Girls on the Run, a nonprofit org. empowering girls through exercise and a leadership curriculum
20 years of Fortune 500 leadership and talent development experience at global companies like Facebook, Walmart and eBay
Minji, her husband Wayne and their children Miles and Ella reside in San Francisco, CA where they live an active lifestyle.
22+ certifications in behavioral instruments and tools including Hogan, Meyers Briggs, Birkman, FIRO-B, Situational Leadership and various 360s
The excitement of pregnancy and getting through childbirth unscathed was my target goal- I didn’t realize that getting to Day 0 was the easy part- it was Day 1+ that I quickly learned the real challenge of parenthood was just moments away.
After returning home, ready to conquer the world as a new family of three, I didn’t know how to pass the time with my newborn and decided to gently exercise while holding him. Immediately, something didn’t feel right and I noticed blood stream down my legs onto the hardwood floor. It didn’t stop- I was hemorrhaging and had no idea what was happening. I vividly remember calling my husband to let him know that I was holding my son- and if I were to die, he could be found on top of the clean laundry that was waiting to be folded on the table.
By the time the ambulance arrived, I was in shock. After staying overnight at the hospital less than 24 hours from delivering at the hospital, I was discharged and ready to return home. Within a few hours, I had a major fever- the result of mastitis - or plugged milk ducts due to lack of nursing since I didn’t know how to breastfeed. I returned back to the emergency room as the surgeons thought I had complications from my first visit- two emergency room visits within 48-hours of childbirth. My son who was a high-needs baby for the first year started crying endlessly and wouldn’t even stop unless I held him 24x7. I was terrified not knowing how to manage this ticking time bomb and isolated in our 900-square foot apartment for three months straight, spiraling into postpartum anxiety and depression.
While googling articles on parenthood, the only resources I could find were parenthood troubleshooting tips, or why I was a terrible parent. There were no resources geared towards managing through the sudden overnight change in identity on becoming a mom.From that moment, I immediately knew that I wanted to support working parents, particularly those experiencing a major pivot or transition to weather the storm and get through the other side thriving, even beyond surviving.
After my second baby and experiencing burnout in my corporate role where my daily commute surpassed the amount of time I would see both kids, my husband and I had a serious talk- if not now, when would I ever support people experiencing pivots? 5 years later, I’m proud to say that At Her Best, LLC has grown, survived the pandemic years and fiercely is more committed than ever to supporting and empowering people experiencing transitions in order to be at their best.
I’ve been working with Minji for almost a year and even in this short timeframe, I’ve felt a transformative change in not just how I see my career and professional relationships but in my own confidence and approach to my work.
Minji helped me uncover nuances in my working style that were directly tied to norms and expectations I learned growing up as an Asian American woman. Most importantly, she helped me find new techniques to approach my work and working relationships that honored and respected who I am while ensuring I wasn’t inadvertently holding myself back. I highly recommend working with Minji!
-Abigail H, VP of Global Benefits Salesforce
I have been fortunate to work with Minji over the last 9 months in her executive coach capacity, but the relationship has truly gone beyond that.
Minji really focused on my full self as we worked together to understand true motivations for my actions and how to reach peak performance while achieving personal fulfillment too.
She is diligent, thoughtful and effective, and I'd be glad to recommend her to anyone looking for executive coaching.
-Juanjo F, CMO & COO, Weedmaps
Working with Minji on my professional development has been transformational. I experienced *years* of personal growth in each of our sessions, and my only wish is that I had met Minji earlier in my life.
Minji worked with me to identify patterns of behavior that inhibited my ability to become a more authentic, high-impact, and influential contributor to not just the professional workplace, but in all aspects of my life.
I will always credit Minji with the key role she played in accelerating my career growth.
-Joy L, VP Journalism, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Minji is one of the most attentive and intuitive individuals I've ever had the pleasure of working with. She has a keen awareness that makes her dig deeper to understand her clients.
She is direct but with compassion and is incredibly resourceful.
I generally lean away from formal coaching programs but I am extremely grateful to have been partnered with Minji as a part of Target's Leadership Development Program and to have had the opportunity to call Minji my coach over the past year.
- Tinesha C, VP Target
Minji is authentic. She is a master of observation who uses her broad repertoire of frameworks and experience to provide leverage at the confluence of categorical need, organizational culture and personal style.
She is patient and takes time to gain understanding while facilitating the client to do the same. By creating awareness and collaborating on approaches, she creates forward motion and accountability.
She focuses on impact and ensures that you are prepared to have the impact that you want to have and commit to following through.She has challenged me to lean into my blindspots and explore how my own behaviors influence outcomes that I may have otherwise considered externalities. She fearlessly holds up the mirror and will help you do the same.
-Marcus G, VP Salesforce
I had the privilege of working with Minji as part of my company’s Sr. leadership development program. Minji was very organized and thorough in her approach when explaining the various tools and evaluations that I received through the program. In addition, she really pushed me to think about what I want next in my career and ways to hold myself accountable.
I really appreciated her direct approach and felt she challenged the way I thought about my professional development and the obstacles I perceived were in my way. In addition, she was also great at providing me additional resources that allowed me to gain deeper insights about myself.
Through our conversations, I realized that fueling my personal growth can and will look different at this stage of my career and was encouraged by the ideas she shared around how to think about leveraging my skills for future career opportunities.
-Christine P, Target
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