Transition and Leadership Coach
Dory Halati is a certified professional coach, workshop leader, and facilitator with a passion for inspiring individuals and teams to stretch beyond perceived limitations and channel their energy toward what matters most to them. She brings a unique blend of solid business experience, proven human relations skills, and deep emotional intelligence to her work with clients.
Dory’s own journey took her from her homeland in Iran to boarding school in North Wales, high school in England, and college in the US. Her career path includes more than two decades in the corporate and financial sectors, counseling and helping professions, and non-profit management. She believes that when we live the truth of who we are, we come alive in our work and can make the greatest contributions to ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Dory’s coaching style sparkles with clear presence, boundless curiosity, compassionate humor, and a keen interest in how individuals find meaning and make choices to change habits and take bold actions. Her work is informed by her longstanding yoga and mindfulness practice and her years of experience learning, teaching, and working with people from all walks of life across multiple generations.
A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Dory holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Counseling from the American School of Professional Psychology. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a graduate of the Co-Active Leadership program of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and an ADHD coach trained by JST Coaching.
“Thank you for being there at a most vulnerable time in my life. Thanks to you I am learning self-love. You have recognized my challenges and put me at peace to trust my gut feelings. Teaching me how to center myself has been one of those most beautiful practices and puts me in touch with places deep in me that were buried for years. My feelings are ok…with just one simple word you give me a new perspective which stays with me. Your instinct, kind heart and professionalism has made me whole. Thank you, Dory.”—G. M., Novelist, Bethesda, Maryland
“What I know about Dory is her directness, humor, insight and warmth. She truly inspires trust by her presence and skillful ability to listen deeply. She helped me during a very difficult period in my career and our sessions sustained my sanity.”—A. K., Engineering Manager, Los Angeles, California
“I have been working with Dory for nearly three years. Through her compassion, energy, intelligence and experience she has helped me clear out all the background noise and recognize what I find important in my life. Working with her has been incredibly rewarding and even fun. I never fail to learn something about myself or my life during our sessions together.”—B. C., Financial Advisor, Charleston, South Carolina
“Ms. Dory and the DYD team showed up every week for nearly 3 years and really helped us be listened to, cared for and encouraged. I feel more confident about myself and feel I can express what I want and do not want at school and in life.”—T. D., 8th grader, Silver Spring, Maryland
“I did not know much about coaching when I started working with Dory. I was in the process of selling my business and wanted to figure out what I was going to do nextt. In the six months we worked together, Dory helped me make room for myself and take time to be more fully present in my very busy life. She had this special way of putting me at ease. And I became able to listen to myself and hear what I really wanted… which was to not to sell my business and instead buy out my partner.”—S. A., General Manager and Entrepreneur, Marseille, France