Meet Joy

I'm JOY KHOO.

An executive coach, facilitator, and speaker.

I’m also a humanist, life designer, creative, seeker, student, teacher, and a dreamer.

A multidimensional and colorful human with a deep desire to grow, learn and be of service.

I'm JOY KHOO.

I’m an executive coach, facilitator, and speaker.
I’m also a humanist, life designer, creative, seeker, student, teacher, and a dreamer.
A multidimensional and colorful human with a deep desire to grow, learn and be of service.

My passion is to create
connecting, inspiring and transformative experiences.

I

  • Support leaders to increase their self awareness so that they can lead with more clarity, confidence and compassion.
  • Help my clients live in alignment with what’s important to them and to help them clear the obstacles that get in the way.
  • Facilitate groups and workshops to build and deepen connections.
  • Speak and lead experiential sessions at worldwide organizations to humanize the workplace.

Approach

My coaching methodologies are based on the whole person approach using mindfulness, neuroscience, art, nature and embodied practices. 

Credentials

  • Professional Coaching Certification, New Ventures West
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF) with over 2,000 hours coaching individuals and groups
  • Certified Leadership Embodiment Coach, Leadership Embodiment
  • Graduate of the School of Embodied Leadership program
  • Trained in facilitating groups: Next Stage Facilitation with Ten Directions, Coaching Circles® with Charles Brassard
  • MBA, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
  • Recognized as the Community Liaison Officer of the Year by Secretary Colin Powell, for service and contributions made over 6 months of coaching 350 individuals through a major evacuation at the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia
  • Champion of women leaders, serving as a Facilitator for the Women in Management Group Program at Stanford University and a Founding Guide for Core Groups at Chief
  • Trained in nonviolent communication (NVC) at the NVC Academy
  • Certified facilitator in yoga nidra, ecotherapy and SoulCollage®
  • Extensive training in wellness and personal growth including meditation, dream exploration, qi gong, sound healing, somatic experiencing, Soul Motion, 5 Rhythms and Feldenkrais

A Glimpse Into My World

Born in Malaysia, I grew up in humble beginnings and was raised by my mother who had adopted me from a family of 13. My mother, who was single, figured out a successful and sustainable model to bring me up in a village surrounded by community. Inspired by her and a few other influential people in my life, I felt called to discover more of me.

In 1989, I came to the United States thanks to a music scholarship which opened up new pathways for me. My journey has given me many experiences which have deepened my understanding of what it means to be a human on this earth.

I currently live in the heart of Oakland, California near the nation’s oldest wildlife refuge. These days, I enjoy the simple moments of being present. My entire being feels filled and at peace when I color, draw mandalas, watch birds, and play my singing bowl. As I continue to evolve, I am increasingly aware that this life is precious and I am so very curious of its unfolding. I am truly grateful to all of my teachers and to every visitor in my life, as everyone has been a gift.

Joy is a master at her craft. During our coaching journey, I transitioned into a new role and organization, lived through a pandemic and mastered the art of professional boundaries, while also being successful and visible in my role. She met me where I needed to be - executive and strategic headspace, or deep and raw human moments.

Tatyana Lebel,

Technology Innovator, ServiceNow

The Rat Race

“I don’t want to join the rat race.
Not be enslaved by machines,
bureaucracies, boredom, ugliness.
I don’t want to be a moron, robot, commuter.
I don’t want to become a fragment of a person.
I want to do my own thing.
I want to live (relatively simply).
I want to deal with people, not with masks.
People matter. Nature matters.
Beauty matters. Wholeness matters.
I want to be able to care.”

~ E. F. Schumacher

“What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make
plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep.”

- David Whyte