Executive Coach, Mediator, Facilitator & Trainer
Intelligent global change expert Mia Forbes Pirie is a quiet storm. As a mediator and coach whose clients have ranged from the US and Mongolian governments to the Church of England, the London born peace maker’s talent lies in helping people to have better conversations. Mia’s approach, whether working with individuals or countries, stems from a background steeped in the mindfulness and spiritual training she has honed over a period of twenty years prior and whilst working in conflict resolution. As an executive coach, Mia helps people who want ‘more’ out of live, manage their stress levels and fulfill their potential. She is practical, down to earth and friendly.
With an academic resume which includes a Masters in EU Law from the College of Europe, Bruges and a Masters of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, as a Trilingual ( English, French, Italian) lawyer, she took a sabbatical in the European Commission’s former “Diplomatic Corps” (External Relations) and was appointed temporary desk officer for Brunei Darussalam. A desire to be of service is central to Mia’s outlook, and she counts the 3 years she spent as a volunteer at Camden Mediation Services helping local people to resolve neighborhood disputes, as some of her most valuable and rewarding learning.
Unquestionably though, Mia views the four month period spent in India studying with Sri K Pattabhi Jois the founding father of Ashtanga Yoga and the first ten day silent retreat she embarked on in Nepal, as equal catalysts into the approach which has positioned Mia as one the UK’s most in demand and unique global facilitators.
“Refreshingly honest and highly intelligent, Mia has an unshakeable calm confidence and soothing presence and does not hesitate to hold her own, even with me!” Sir Stirling Moss OBE, former racing driver, Stirling Moss Ltd.
Born to an English/Scottish mother and Turkish father, Mia’s parents separated when she was three years old. Disconnected from her part Turkish heritage, she admits to having felt British as a child despite not looking particularly British. As an adult an exploration of her own identity ensued. Having worked, studied and lived in six different countries, she describes the experience as both “enriching and destabilizing” feeling a stranger everywhere, until her self-development studies enabled her to peel back the layers of her identity and “find home” within herself. This is what led Mia to her fascination with culture and identity about which she has spoken, including at Chatham House.
With increasing demand from organisations and businesses both in the UK and internationally for her expert blend of mediation and facilitation, it is clear that in an increasingly fractious society Mia’s skillset is more necessary than ever;
“We live in a driven society and sometimes forget the importance of the simple things, like getting to know each other as people before we begin to have serious conversations about emotive topics. How we have conversations is as important as the topics we talk about. I want to support people in having great conversations – whatever their views and resolving their conflicts while improving lives instead of destroying them.”
Likes: Strawberries, Honesty and Integrity
Dislikes: Dishonesty, fakeness
What’s your greatest achievement to date?
I’m happy with my relationship with my parents.
How long have you been a BNI member?
What does your company do?
Coaching, Mediating, Facilitating, Training, Public Speaking.
What is your job title?
Executive Coach, International Mediator and Facilitator, Trainer.
What does your role entail, in a nutshell?
I help people to have better lives, to communicate better and to be more effective. I help them resolve inner or outer conflict so that they can get on with their lives.
Why did you decide to take that direction?
Because I love it and doing it well requires a rare set of skills that I seem to posses!
What is the most exciting / rewarding aspect of your role?
I see people ‘light up’ a lot. I see people’s lives change dramatically for the better. They become happier and more fulfilled with a different outlook on life.
Why did you join BNI?
To be part of a supportive business community.
What has BNI done for you?
Put me in touch with a great community of people who have my back and whose ‘backs’ I have.
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