Smruti Patel
Leadership Coach & Facilitator

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“Imagine each of us consistently operating from the highest potential of our minds and hearts.”

Smruti Patel works with leaders and organizations driven to achieve exceptional results. As a seasoned leadership coach with an international background and a career spanning consulting and law, Smruti brings a unique combination of intellectual rigor, keen business acumen and practical experience to each client engagement.

Whether it’s business strategy, world economy or the legal landscape, international affairs or racial equity & social justice, Smruti has experienced and understands the broader context in which leaders operate and the challenges they face. She excels as a strategic thought partner on how to lead in complex, changing environments – with head and heart.

Smruti’s specialty lies in influencing without authority, conflict coaching and navigating the professional landscape, especially inter-personal dynamics within teams and peers at all levels. For leaders seeking to increase awareness of racial equity and inclusion, Smruti can be trusted to create a safe space to examine biases and improve the quality of DEI conversations. She is a sought-after support for leaders on when and how to have challenging conversations.

Smruti has a warm, engaging style and is known for her quick wit and humor. She has worked with CEOs, executives, officers in the US military, non-profit boards and leaders, lawyers and other professionals from across industries in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Africa.


  • A decade of experience delivering over a 1000 hours of leadership coaching, worldwide
  • Facilitator and Coach including on topics of Racial Equity and Justice
  • Facilitator for business & leadership workshops with hundreds of leaders at Fortune 500 companies, across industries, globally
  • Moderator at international business conferences (e.g. US-Africa Summit), women’s conferences & organizational events (e.g. IBM)
  • Leadership Expert Panelist (e.g. Georgetown Law Women’s Forum, Wharton Africa Summit, Mama Sarah Obama Foundation)
  • Business development, sales, and research in leadership best practices at CEB (Now Gartner)
  • Co-author of research book on Upgrading Organizations’ Talent Management Strategies
  • Tax and Litigation attorney in the U.K. at firms including Hogan Lovells
  • Fluent in Swahili and Hindi

Education, Training and Certifications

  • International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University
  • Masters of Law in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center
  • Bachelor of Laws (Magna Cum Laude equivalent) from University of Buckingham (U.K.)
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Politics & English Literature from University of Buckingham (U.K.)
  • Assessment Certifications: Myers Briggs


  • Smruti loves swimming, nature photography and exploring.
  • Her attitude of “We’ll figure it out / How hard can it be?” has led to what she calls, “Wisdom Experiences”!

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