The Currency of Empathy®
The missing link to innovation and inclusion.
Monica Tanase-Coles, Ph.D, Currency of Empathy Diagnostic Partner
Monica Tanase-Coles, Ph.D., grew up in Bucharest, Romania under communist rule to a family of intellectuals. She went against the expectation that she would follow in the steps of her family tradition of doctors and language professors, and decided to be a physicist. In 1996, she left her family in Romania and came to the US to pursue her interest in science, receiving a Ph.D. in physics/nanotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and pursuing cell biology research at Columbia University. While a graduate student, she became familiar with social entrepreneurs and started dreaming that one day she would harness the richness of innovative ideas in academic research to create low cost, sustainable solutions for developing countries, maybe even help save lives. She knew nothing about business so she jumped ship, leaving hard science and academia behind, fully immersing into the business world with McKinsey & Company. Working with corporations in the US, Canada and Europe, she built expertise in lean manufacturing, operations, organization and transformational change in a variety of companies and organizations. But she also discovered that true and lasting performance only exists if organizations place people and their humanity at the core of the business. Following her time at McKinsey, Monica collaborated with Ashoka on strategies for amplifying empathy in the business world.
Today Monica is managing partner of Lotus Executive Leadership, specializing in enhancing organizational performance through effective leadership, emotional intelligence, and a culture of empathy. She advises executives in designing and leading sustainable transformational change for their organization. She is a certified MBTI and EQi coach and trainer who believes that people are at their best when they achieve a deep understanding and acceptance of self, allowing for contentment and happiness. She hopes that her work will bring her a step closer to making a positive contribution to the world in which her baby girl Isabella will grow up. Monica lives in Baltimore with her husband and daughter.