Priya Rana Kapoor, MMFT is a Small Business, Entrepreneur and Career Coach, Author, and Speaker with expertise and experience in supporting clients build their business, navigating work/life transitions (job change and/or retirement), professional and personal development, leadership, and work/life balance. 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 transferred to USC where she earned her BA in Dramatic Arts and an MMFT (Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy) with an emphasis in Gerontology. In graduate school, she conducted research on Alzheimer’s disease and published her findings in the peer-reviewed journal, The Gerontologist.
Priya later joined the Psychological Services Division at the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (Keck School of Medicine at USC), where she provided therapy for adults, children, couples, and families affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease, 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 CoachU Core Essential Fast Track Program (CEP), and continues to work with international clients.
Priya regularly speaks to international corporate and non-profit groups, and facilitates workshops. She has 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 "Give YourSelf Permission Anthology: 44 Inspirational & Insightful True Stories of Risk-Taking, Life Changes & Successful Outcomes".
In 2017, Priya founded and launched the USC London Office. She was hired to introduce the University of Southern California (USC) to the UK and European markets. She was tasked to recruit undergraduate and graduate students, develop institutional, corporate, and government partnerships. She also sought internships and job opportunities for current students and recent grads. As an alumna herself she also connected with local alumni to promote university advancement worldwide. Since she was contracted to get the office up and running, she was able to hire staff and create a physical space for USC in London. She has now returned to California to continue her coaching and public speaking practice.
Her current board commitments include the USCAA Board of Governors, where she sits on the Student Outreach Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Junior League of Santa Barbara and as a member of the membership committee for the Santa Barbara University Club.
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 and the Santa Barbara Women’s Fund. She also serves as V.P. of PR for Woodland Toastmasters in Santa Barbara. She is past president of the USC Alumni Club of Santa Barbara and was the sustaining advisor to the Development Council for the Junior League of Los Angeles.
Priya lives with her husband in Southern California, and has, until recently, commuted 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.
To contact Priya please email her on Priya@PRKCoaching.com