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“I had one of my most significant self-realizations in a session with Palena. If it weren’t for her incredibly thoughtful way of probing and reflecting, it would have taken me many more years to come to the same realization. Thanks to my sessions with Palena, I am able to work and live with a greater understanding of myself. This is a significant gift.”

Emily Sullivan

Senior Manager, UNFoundation/Family Planning 2030

“I really appreciated Palena’s listening skills, intuitiveness and adaptability. She demonstrates genuine kindness and empathy towards her interlocutors, mixed with useful and practical tools that promote self-reflection and realization. She places the human aspect above all and creates a safe space for expression. It was a very fruitful and enjoyable journey, the lessons of which will undoubtedly have lasting effects on my perception of my own leadership abilities and capacity to overcome difficult obstacles with strength and confidence. A very sincere thank you to Palena.”

Anne-Laure Henry-Gréard

Country Programme Manager, Bangladesh, , Better Work Programme, ILO

“Palena has a wonderful way of running leadership workshops. Attending her workshops reminded me of my personal and professional values, boosted my morale and helped me better support co-workers and clients. Importantly, her workshops are down-to-earth, fun and compassionate. Highly recommended (also for male leaders!).”

Paul L. Janssen


Palena Neale - global development professional - women's leadership coach - capacity building expert

Hi, I’m Palena Neale

Founder and Managing Director, unabridged

Leadership Coach, Mentor, Educator

Palena Neale, Ph.D. is the founder of unabridged – a boutique leadership development practice that partners with clients to harness their power and potential to affect positive and purposeful change. Palena teaches, coaches, mentors, and develops online content for women leaders who want to bolster and grow their leadership. She is a regular contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review, a frequent lecturer on various MBA programs, and a PCC-accredited executive and leadership coach.

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