Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
The studio is quiet, the lights go on… and now the music. How did this quiet, Indian woman from Canada, end up dancing Jigs ‘n’ Reels live for votes on Irish (RTÉ) television? The only explanation is that Shalini’s passion for social justice drives her out of her comfort zone every time. In this case, dancing for Barnardos, a children’s charity working for the rights of the most vulnerable children in Ireland.
Shalini is pictured here with Colin Ryan, her dance partner from Jigs ‘n’ Reels. Colin Ryan was assistant dance captain with Riverdance, is a professional choreographer, and founded Scoil Rince CosCeol dance school in Louth.
Shalini was an antiracism and equality trainer, and lecturer in women’s studies before she certified as a professional coach in 2007. She was looking for a way to help people think more clearly about their lives and work, and choose bigger visions with higher goals.
Shalini quickly understood that there’s no such thing as being ‘self-employed’. You are in business. She made a profound decision to discover how to build a successful business based on ethical values. A business that would help bridge the gap between resources and justice. Her quest brought her to Asentiv as a client. Very quickly, however, she recognised how closely Asentiv’s values aligned with her own, and took steps to work together more closely.
She is a coach, a writer, a speaker. She is also a very skilled natural health practitioner, a mum, and a truly global individual. She is proud to have an identity that has roots across 3 continents and cultures – Indian, Canadian and Irish. She sees things from many points of view and can usually find a path forward through any circumstances.
Shalini The Author
Shalini wrote a popular, weekly column for the Irish Times Health Supplement entitled, ‘The Bigger Picture’ (2004-2008). She also wrote regularly in Metro Éireann, Ireland’s only multicultural newspaper. She has published several academic articles on culture, racism and gender which are still referenced in courses today. Writing, for Shalini, is a calling as much as a skill. She is currently working on her book, ‘Respect-Proofing Your Business Culture.’
Shalini The Speaker & Media Presenter
Shalini has spoken extensively at conferences and events. She is skilled public speaker, having won awards in Toastmasters International for Humorous and Inspiring speeches. She is an experienced facilitator of workshops and training, and is a very natural MC and media presenter. Shalini was the presenter of ‘Mono’, a primetime, intercultural, magazine programme on national Irish telelvision (RTÉ). She was the life coach for RTÉ’s, ‘The Health Squad,’ and has appeared as a panellist on numerous radio and television programmes, including The Late Late Show in Ireland. Shalini’s proudest moment was delivering a speech at ‘Possibilities 2011’, the event which hosted the Dalai Lama’s visit to Ireland. She will be a speaker at TEDx Dun Laoghaire in October 2018.
Shalini The Coach
Shalini is a highly skilled Certified Professional Coach, having trained with the International Coach Academy. She believes deeply in respecting and uplifting the mind to see more and achieve more, quickly and naturally. She loves watching her clients achieve bigger visions, earn more money, and have more fun doing it.