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Ada Obrea James, EdM, MA, CPCC, PCC


​Certified professional coach and owner of Ada James Coaching. Ivy league grad. Former university administrator and advisor. A strong and easeful Sherpa, coaching brilliant and motivated climbers to the peak of their own potential.​

​My former colleagues have called me an "iron fist in a velvet glove." I am frank, organized, and efficient but also sincerely caring, sensitive, and warm. I'll challenge you to tackle the changes you want to make in you life while developing your personal awareness, confidence, and self-compassion.

Education and Certifications

Brené Brown Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Candidate (CDWF – Candidate)

PCC, International Coach Federation

CPCC, The Coaches Training Institute

MA, Education, Stanford University

EdM, Higher Education, Harvard University

BA, Socio-cultural Development, Brandeis University

Work Experience, prior to coaching

Associate Director, MBA Program, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Director of Advising Services and Academic Support, College of Arts and Sciences,        University of Pennsylvania

Academic Programming Intern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


​I grew up in New England, the daughter of two software engineers from Eastern Europe. My parents instilled in me a practical approach to solving problems that considers the impact on the entire system. My artist's spirit soared as a stage manager for plays in high school, through painting, and in photography. My most meaningful memories are volunteering with children, helping engineering students transition smoothly through college, advising undergraduate students in crisis situations, and managing international exchange relationships with business schools around the world. Over the years, I've figured out that the one unifying theme that gives my life purpose is giving people the opportunity and means to imagine what is possible, plot their own course, and transform their lives.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson                                    

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