don't ask why. ask why not.



we do what we do

we work for a happier, healthier, humane planet.

young people are ready
to reverse the rise of stress & anxiety.
families are eager
to help them build resilience & thrive.
educators are hungry
to re-instill in them a love of learning.  
we believe that every one has the potential to live with vigor, joy, & authenticity

HOW & WHAT we do

rooted in mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology, we work with young people, their advisors and supporters, and educational institutions and organizations to build whole-being well-being, compassionate changemakers, and reflective resilience from the inside out. with an asset-based approach, we help identify natural strengths, harness authentic power, and expand impact.

hummingbirds do the impossible: fly in all directions with wings tracing the infinity ‘8’ in search of possibility.
Training & Development

Mindfulness and emotional intelligence * Holistic leadership development * Strengths assessment and cultivation * Public speaking and interviewing skills * Intercultural communication

Writing & Research

Instructional and program design * Neuroscience-based leadership and emotional intelligence development * International and cross-cultural dialogue * Strategic ideation and research

Sample Workshops

Facilitation Essentials for Engagement * Find Your Why * Mindful Living by Design * Mindful Presence for Masterful Presence * M.A.G.I.C. of Communication

Sample Tools

Ignition’s WAVE Model for Resilience * Designing Your Life * Gallup’s StrengthsFinder * VIA Institute on Character * Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator


Wonder Women

Young women, particularly those first in their families to attend university, often do not have access to programs that help them to build leadership skills. In addition to gender bias, they may face even larger hurdles to equal access for future leadership opportunities.

Hummingbirdrcc worked with the Joyce Ivy Foundation to create and facilitate a workshop on leadership for young women and: 1) discuss holistic leadership; 2) explore the Imposter Syndrome; 3) identify natural strengths; 4) build presence; and 5) experience networking.


Mindful Messaging

Public speaking remains one of the most feared activities. Yet the ability to effectively communicate and influence others remains one of the most critically important in today’s workplace. Young professionals are often taught off-the-shelf standard “dos and don’ts” of public speaking without an inside-out approach.

Hummingbirdrcc worked with Dartmouth College to design and teach young leaders to: 1) understand the role of mindfulness and nonverbal cues; and 2) the nuance of effective communication in small and large group settings.

Bold Branding

Asian Pacific Americans (APA) remain underrepresented in positions of leadership. Known as the “Bamboo Ceiling,” APAs often face stereotypes and misperceptions of “Asian values” as being countereffective to strong leadership.

Hummingbirdrcc worked with Western Carolina University to design and lead a workshop to: 1) explore the barriers facing Asian Pacific Americans in leadership; 2) understand how to leverage an asset-based approach to Western and Eastern value systems; and 3) create a personal brand for effective networking and communication.

International Indigeneity

Indigenous and Tribal institutions of higher education are often excluded from consideration in global education. International education often focuses on a Western-based model of “study abroad,” excluding historically underrepresented groups from the dialogue.

Hummingbirdrcc worked with the U.S. Department of Education and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium to: 1) explore the meaning of ‘global’ within and among indigenous communities; 2) assess global education initiatives within Tribally-Controlled Universities; and 3) explore opportunities and best practices for globally-minded collaboration and programming for historically underrepresented communities.


we engage with others who support our belief that every person has the potential to live with vigor, joy, and authenticity.

Ignition Coaching LLC

corporate training and executive coaching in individual and organizational resilience for greater engagement and performance.

The Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification

support coaches to help clients build Emotional & Social Intelligence.

Search Inside Yourself

Google-born mindful emotional intelligence training to create a better world for themselves and others.

The Mindful Spot

integrated training in mental flexibility, emotional resilience, and physical awareness.

Mindful College Applicant

a guide for teens to a more intentional approach to college admissions grounded in emotional intelligence, resilience, and wellbeing.

WHO we are

Belinda H. Y. Chiu, Ed.D.

*photo by gertie gebre photography

Belinda believes in the power of play and the authentic life as a path to a more peaceful, joyful, and connected world. She is known for her directness, honesty, and humor to push people to think harder, work smarter, and relate better.

Belinda has 20 years of experience in university admissions; leadership development and training; career and executive coaching; and strategic consulting.

She is a mindfulness teacher and certified RYT© yoga instructor, as well as Myers- Briggs® certified. She is on Faculty and a Meta-Coach for the Daniel Goleman Emotional & Social Intelligence Coaching Program, leadership coach with Ignition Coaching, and a SIY Certified Teacher with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which was developed at Google.

Belinda has worked with organizations, such as U.S. Department of Education, GlaxoSmithKline, and University of Denver. She also co-founded Zomppa, a global education nonprofit for children.

She is the author of a number of journal articles, and writes for Goleman EI and Thrive Global. Her latest book is The Mindful College Applicant: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence for the Admissions Process. She has previously authored The One-Hundred-Year History of the Phelps-Stokes Fund as a Family PhilanthropyWe Are One: yoga meditations for children and The Ladies’ Practical Guide to the Camino de Santiago: Walk Your Way.

Belinda holds a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, a master’s from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.


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