The Founder
Selam Meharena
Principal Coach

Believing in the unlimited human potential and the transformative power of coaching, Selam Meharena founded Graceful Coaching Services (GCS) to support professional women in achieving positive lasting change and behavior for themselves, their families, and their teams.

Combining over 25 years of management and leadership experience in private and non-profit organizations with Executive and Personal Coaching certification from an ICF accredited program, Selam helps women at all levels to create a new state of being by reexamining their Values, Purposes, and Legacies.

She provides a unique approach to coaching by cultivating partnerships, providing optimal tools and a structure that aids clients in achieving their chosen transformative goals in profound ways.

Selam is deeply committed to supporting her clients as they champion each step on their journey. She challenges them when they are off track with a caring heart, honesty and respect, and stimulates learning and insight pursuant to their chosen transformative goals. She actively listens to her clients: Why they say, What they say, and When they don't say what they want to. 

Selam is a Certified Executive and Personal Coach. She holds a Master's degree in Organization Management from Antioch University - Los Angeles

"Coaching is the most compelling answer to apathy and inertia. It is a roadmap to graceful living." 

Selam Meharena 

G.R.A.C.E.F.U.L living is being: 









Why hire a coach?

To help you to ...

  • Ignite your passion and blossom
  • Be grounded, centered, and poised
  • Permanently break the habits that are holding you back from true greatness
  • Reexamine your values, purpose, and legacy-both professionally and personally
  • Resolve personal or professional dilemmas that you cannot seem to tackle on your own
  • Make tough choices that result in successful outcomes
  • Provide objective feedback to nourish your growth and improve your performance or your teams
  • Develop and Implement changes of mind, brain, and behavior through powerful questioning
  • Slow down, gain awareness, and notice the effects of your words and actions
  • Empower you to reach beyond the limitations of your environment
  • Set goals and determine a path for achieving your objectives
  • Receive unbiased help in dealing with life's personal or professional crises
  • Be accountable for your personal affairs including your finances
  • Find a perspective that could help you deal with any kind of fear
  • Replace inertia and coping mechanisms with more constructive activities like exploring, inventing, and moving into action

What is Coaching?

Coaching is not about fixing you, it is about helping you shift your perception and see yourself with some sense of curiosity and gratefulness. It is about helping you Clarify, Design, Evolve, and Play your Game.

Our promise

Our promise to you is that with your permission we will tap into your innate capacities and help you to Imagine, to Create, to Learn, to Grow, and to Generate what you want in your personal life, professional life, and for the world.


  • Employee Coaching
  • Executive & Personal Coaching
  • Financial Coaching
  • Personal Development workshops

  • Monthly women's retreat, limited to six women, includes spa

Coaching Process

Coaching sessions are provided face-to-face and/or by telephone, Skype (wisethoughts), or Viber  ‎(+16268406460).

If you would like additional information on our services or assistance in determining your next step, please contact Selam at info@gracefulcoach.com or call at ‎(626) 840-6460

Contact us

Email: info@gracefulcoach.com

Telephone: +1 ‎(626) 840-6460

For International coaching calls, Selam is available via Skype (wisethoughts) or Viber (+16268406460) by appointment only.



Quotes for the Heart, Mind and Soul

"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."
~ Aristotle

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better."
~ Maya Angelou

“We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with.  We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.”
~ Abraham Maslow

“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

"There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace?"
~ Peace Pilgrim

“When everything seems to go against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
~ Henry Ford

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
~ Muhammad Ali

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus, not on success, but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“Achievement seems to be connected with action.  Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.”
~ Conrad Hilton

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who can not learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
~ Alvin Toffler

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
~ Winston Churchill

“If we do not create and control our environment, our environment creates and control us.”
~ Marshall Goldsmith

“The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it.”
~ Michael LeBoeuf

“Take a chance! All life is a chance.  The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity.”
~ Marianne Williamson

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”
~ Lao Tzu

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind.  If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”
~ Buddha

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

“It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.” ~ Ken Kesey

“Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.”
~ David Kekich

“Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.”
~ David Allen

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do.  It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.”
~ David Allen

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”
~ Albert Einstein

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity.  It is a mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven from error to Truth, from pain to peace.”
~ James Allen

“The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.”
~ James Lane Allen

“You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.”
~ Dave Ramsey

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”
~ Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past.  If you are anxious, you are living in the future.  If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”
~ Lao Tzu

“A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.” ~ Robert Oxton Bolton

“I believe there’s a calling for all of us.  I know that every human being has value and purpose.  The real work of our lives is to become aware.  And awakened.  To answer the call.
~ Oprah Winfrey

“By thought, the thing you want is brought to you.  By action, you receive it.”
~ Wallace Wattles

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.  It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”
~ Robin S. Sharma

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.  When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”
~ B.K.S. Iyengar

“A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.”
~ James Allan

“I am unique. I have mission.  I have a calling.  I will fulfill my highest potential and calling.”
~ Lailah Gifty Akita: Founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
~ B.B. King

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." ~ Charles Darwin

"Everything requires time. It is the only truly universal condition.  All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time." ~ Peter F. Drucker