How Assessment & Coaching Help Entrepreneurs Grow, Improve, & Achieve Greater Success & Satisfaction

In this program, we hear from coaches who are actively working with businesses to improve outcomes by making the most of individual strengths in leadership and execution.  We will discuss how the coaching process unlocks value inside organizations and how technology enables data-driven approaches to success and satisfaction.

Join us on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

This program will be moderated by Mike Smith, Board Member of Ventech.



PRIYA RANA KAPOOR, MMFT, Author, Speaker, Business & Career Coach

Priya Rana Kapoor, MMFT is a Life, Business and Career Coach, author and speaker with expertise and experience in supporting clients build their businesses; navigate work/life transitions (career change, retirement, divorce, etc.);  and improve their professional and personal development, leadership, and communication skills. 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 California and transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) where she earned her BA in Dramatic Arts and an MMFT (Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy) with an emphasis in Gerontology.

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.

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). In 2017, Priya founded and launched the USC London Office. 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.

As a vocal advocate for MS research, Priya is dedicated to helping the community through her work with the   National MS Society.

Priya lives with her husband in Santa Barbara, CA, and has, until recently,  commuted to London to speak, work with clients, and visit with family and friends. (Source:

BYRON LOW, Coach, i-woven

With 25 years of experience in coaching, Byron Low is a technical guy with the ability to connect with others. As someone who is process-oriented, he thrives on solving problems. His entire career has been dedicated to improving the lives of others.

His best work is with folks who are earnest in their desire to improve despite difficult setbacks or lost traction in their lives and careers; they are determined to get to the next level and are ready for their next challenge; they are disciplined to stay the course because they want what is best for them and they know that personal and professional growth is going to be uncomfortable. They have the required focus, courage, energy and are willing to commit to the time it takes to move forward in their lives and careers.

Byron’s coaching system is thorough and it provides the structure for it to happen. (Source:




Mike Smith, Board Member, Ventech

Mike Smith is an advocate of systems thinking, data visualization, transparent modeling and scenario-based forecasting. He has served as a technology executive, investor and advisor to private and public companies leveraging machine learning and advanced analytics to improve business results.  Applications range from forecasting consumer behavior under various scenarios, growth in e-commerce, to optimizing direct-to-consumer engagement in wine and other specialty businesses. 

Mike taught courses in complex systems analysis and portfolio modeling to top retail lenders around the world, developing new business in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Asia.



Event Date:  Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Time:  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Online Event – (Registration NOW Open) 

Location:   ZOOM


  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Q&A
  • 7:30 – 8:00 PM: Virtual Networking

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