Priya Rana Kapoor is a Speaker, Executive Life Coach and Author with expertise and experience in work/life balance; career and professional development; leadership; confidence and self-esteem; and mind/body wellness. She is also the founder of Give YourSelf Permission® Empowerment Programs.
Priya grew up in London, and after attending the University of Warwick, she moved to the United States and studied at the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned her bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts, and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy with an emphasis in gerontology. In graduate school, she conducted research on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and published her findings in the peer-reviewed journal, The Gerontologist.
Priya later joined the Psychological Services Division at USC’s Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, where she provided therapy for adults, children, couples, and families affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD), AD, stroke, epilepsy, narcolepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS). She also conducted research on the efficacy of, and developed a protocol for psychological support pre-, during and post- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implant surgery for PD patients.
Concurrent to working as a psychotherapist, Priya completed the Coach U Core Essential Fast Track Program (CEP), and continues to work with international clients across for over 10 years.
Priya regularly speaks to international corporate and non-profit groups and facilitates workshops. She has been been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including NBC’s Today Show, BBC Asia and Hay House Radio.
In 2014, Priya published her first book Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life (Balboa Press) which outlines the Permission Journey, a 7-stage coaching process to attain personal and professional freedom and empowerment. In 2015, the publishing company she co-founded, Permission Media, Inc., launched the Give Yourself Permission Magazine, which showcased other people’s stories of where they gave themselves permission to do something out of the ordinary for themselves. In 2016, inspired by the magazine, Priya created, compiled and published the Give YourSelf Permission Anthology: 44 Inspirational & Insightful True Stories of Risk-Taking, Life Changes & Successful Outcomes.
As a vocal advocate for MS research, Priya is dedicated to helping the community through her work with the National MS Society. Additionally, her philanthropic commitment includes Aids Project Los Angeles, The United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara and the Junior League of Los Angeles and London. She also served on the board of the USC Alumni Club of London.
Priya currently lives with her husband in Southern California, and commutes to London to speak, work with clients and visit with family and friends. She hopes to travel more, visit new countries and learn as much as she can from different cultures.