• Meghan Shakar

    Org Psychologist | Certified Leadership Coach | Start-Up Advisor


    I'm passionate about improving organizational effectiveness through leadership coaching, facilitating productive conversations, and guiding leaders on how to align their people operations with their business objectives.


    I collaborate with senior leaders to develop org culture & structure, to understand the root of organizational challenges, and design solutions for positive change. I coach managers and leaders on how to create and lead high-performing teams. I utilize design thinking principles to develop learning materials and facilitate leadership workshops.


    If you are interested in coaching with me, visit my coaching & consulting business: www.verandi.co

  • Experience

    Work History

    Kabbage, Inc. (SoftBank Vision Fund FinTech company)

    SVP, People Operations

    Change Management | M&A Integration | People Operations Business Partner | L&D

    June 2019 - May 2020


    Google, Inc.

    People Operations - New York, Atlanta, Shanghai

    Organizational Development Consultant | Leadership Programs Designer & Facilitator | Program Manager | Instructional Designer | Training & Development Specialist

    October 2005 - May 2019


    House of Genius - Atlanta
    Leadership Team & Founding Member of Atlanta chapter
    November 2015 - January 2019


    Smithsonian Associates, The Smithsonian Institution

    Program Assistant, Educational & Cultural Programs - Washington, D.C.

    August 2004 - July 2005


    The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

    Special Events Assistant & Intern - Washington, D.C.

    January 2004 - August 2004





    Meet one-on-one with managers and leaders to help diagnose team challenges and guide leaders in developing solutions.


    Quote from client:

    "At the end of 2016, Meghan asked me what goals I wanted to set for the year. I started enumerating the eleventy billion things I needed to accomplish. Meghan politely stopped me and said, "Instead of focusing on what you want to do, how do you want to feel? You know what I want for you? I want you to feel grounded at the end of next year." That was exactly the guidance I needed at that moment, and exemplifies why Meghan's coaching is so valuable. I've had so many moments like this with her, moments where she's opened my eyes with an insight and helped me realize exactly what I needed to do. She's my secret weapon." - Engineering Manager


    Team/Group summits

    Partner with VPs and management to develop group summits to increase communication and collaboration among distributed group members.

    - Co-create & define mission, vision, and purpose with leadership

    - Develop agenda aligned with group mission & summit goals

    - Diagnose challenges through conducting interviews and survey design

    - Facilitate agenda, observe group dynamics, and recommend additional interventions as needed


    Example: Tech NYC Leadership Summit

    One-day leadership summit for 80+ managers, directors, & VPs, focusing on remote management challenges and best practices.



    Leadership Workshops

    Design and facilitate learning opportunities to increase self-awareness & leadership capabilities.


    Example #1: Role-specific workshop on leading without authority

    Co-created a multi-day, multi-format (in-person, online, video, peer coaching) workshop for 70+ emerging leaders on team dynamics, working with others, & emotional intelligence. Designed & facilitated group activity on perspective taking to improve critical thinking and empathy skills. Improved retention within the org.


    Example #2: Cross-functional workshop on developing foundational leadership skills

    Facilitated 5-week workshop over Google Hangouts to employees in global locations. The 90-minute sessions focused on what is a leader?, self-awareness, self-management, team dynamics, & influencing.




    - Founding Board Partner of The Lola, a womxn club & community

    - Co-founder of Atlanta chapter of House of Genius

    - Selected as member of 30 under 30 for Masie Consortium Learning 2010

    - Co-created & launched the Authors@Google program | 2005 - 2008

    - Selected as core member for inaugural Google NYC Culture Club | 2008 - 2009


    From a former manager @ Google:

    "She's first and foremost an accomplished consultant and partner with HR Business Partners...an excellent project manager...an ambassador for PeopleDev, cultivating relationships and contributing work to every part of Google via her facilitation and citizenship efforts. She's also been an ambassador for PeopleDev outside of Google, sitting on a panels for ATD's visit to Google NYC...she does an amazing job of developing Googlers and fostering the best parts of Google culture in her own team, her own office and beyond."


    From a teammate @ Google:

    "Meghan was instrumental in defining the goals/objectives, as well as creating content, determining a metrics/measurement strategy, and helping us thinking through out to make this pilot scalable...She has worked tirelessly to help ensure the program's success and has also provided useful framing and comms for us to use with our clients and key partners. I can say that (the workshop) would NOT have been a success without Meghan's involvement, and I am grateful for her partnership."

    Certifications & Assessments

    • Co-Active Training Institute, certified CPCC coach
    • Myers-Briggs (MBTI)
    • Firo-B
    • Change Style Inventory
    • True Colors
  • Education

    Teachers College, Columbia University

    New York, NY


    M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology

    Concentration in conflict resolution; interpersonal, intergroup, & cross-cultural collaboration

    2010 - 2012

    Florida State University

    Tallahassee, FL


    B.A. in Theatre

    Concentration in performance & costume design

    Minors in studio art & art history

    1999 - 2003