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Eliza Mountcastle Shah

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Dr. Eliza Mountcastle Shah CPBC brings 20 years of practical experience in Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, and Team Performance.  She is a Certified Professional Business Coach and Master Facilitator.  She is also an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the American College of Financial Services.  Eliza studied neuroscience at Harvard University receiving her M.S and Ph.D. in Genetics and Neurodevelopment. She completed a post-Doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute in Genetics and Public Policy Studies.  She is a specialist in cross-functional communication for team and leader effectiveness. 


As partner of Lifter Leadership, Eliza has served corporate clients in fields of financial services (insurance and financial advisors), technology, media, healthcare, hospitality.  Her work spans performance in areas of innovation, strategy, productive communications, leadership, workplace health and bias, talent engagement, and team building. 

Eliza has deeply studied human transformational practices – in companies, educational institutes, governments and communities. She has developed special expertise in organizational behavior, performing under stress, productive reasoning, cross-cultural and inter-generational communications and employee engagement. She has worked in the creative field and with technical talent – engineers, scientists, and researchers throughout her career.


Eliza has been active in Hospice care for 20 years. She is also a contemplative musician specializing in voice and harp music delivery as a palliative care modality and is an Ambassador of the Chalice of Repose School of Music Thanatology. Eliza is a mother to four children, a rescue dog (Shadow) and rescue cat (Luna).   

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