Paresh Shah is a positive force that leaves everyone he interacts with uplifted. He is a rare combination of a public speaker, technology entrepreneur, Harvard MBA, Business Professor, Innovation/Leadership trainer and Mindfulness/Yoga instructor. With a passport brimming with stamps from over 50 countries, Mr. Shah brings a vast ability to connect multiple worlds and share insights in an entertaining and lasting way that have made him a sought-after speaker, master of ceremonies, trainer, and advisor to CEOs.
Mr. Shah has been invited to speak, emcee or be featured at leading conferences such as TedXYouth, SXSW (South by Southwest), Wisdom 2.0, United Nations Peace Day, International Yoga Expo, Junior Achievement Global, Women’s Business Executive Council (WBEC), International Advertising Expo (IAI), National Minority Diversity Supplier Council (NMSDC), GAMA, Ignite Talks, Disrupt HR, Hong Kong Management Association, UCI Innovation and other major conferences and many corporate events. He is a graduate of Heroic Public Speaking and was a top 10 finalist in the Reach Academy Competition for positive public speakers.
Paresh is the President of Lifter Leadership, a training firm solving the five major challenges organizations face: 1) Disruption/Innovation 2) Worker Motivation 3) Inspiring Leadership 4) Engaging Customers 5) Workplace Well-Being.
Paresh brings an actionable approach from his deep experience as an operating executive, successful entrepreneur and management consultant in the firm formed by world-renowned business strategist Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter.
As a complement to his business expertise, Paresh has over 2200 hours of study in yoga, mindfulness, meditation, wisdom and self-help. He is a popular yoga and meditation instructor with students around the World. Mr. Shah has studied or worked with notable global leaders for peace including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.
Paresh received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and graduated #1 in his Mechanical Engineering class after which he worked in engineering and technical management in the Defense Aerospace division of Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Mr. Shah’s thinking and insights have been featured in publications such as Forbes, CEO.com, Inc., Entrepreneur, Psych Central, Smart CEO, Killer Startups, Tiny Buddha, GAMA Journal and more. He is a popular guest on numerous podcasts and is writing his forthcoming book on the shift to positive, purposeful, conscious leadership entitled, Lifters - Everyday Ordinary People Who Uplift their Co-Workers, Customers, Communities and Companies…on Purpose (Idea Press Publishing)
Paresh is married and lives in LA with his wife, four children and rescue pets, Shadow and Luna. He is an avid guitarist and beginning surfer. He often has his best inspirations while meditating at the beach or driving along the Pacific Coast Highway in his seafoam green ‘77 Chevy Nova listening to Classic Rock. Mr. Shah takes a deep interest in fostering imagination, mindfulness and service with youth to be agents for goodness in the World.