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. She merges research and scholarship with practical application in an upbeat style.


Dr. Belinda Chiu focuses on helping individuals and organizations discover and explore their agency to create the conditions for healthier ecosystems.

With a foundation in emotional intelligence and applied behavioral psychology, she merges research and scholarship with practical application marked by theory and humor.

Founder of Hummingbird research coaching consulting, Belinda brings 20+ years of experience in leadership development and training, executive coaching, consulting, public diplomacy, and higher education to be a catalyst for leaders of all types and backgrounds so that they may be of greatest service to others. She has worked with a wide range of organizations such as the ASPCA, Campbell’s, ESPN, Regeneron, Sony, and Stanford. She is an author and speaker, featured at at various forums such as the EARCOS Leadership Summit and the World Economic Forum.

An ICF-accredited coach, she serves on faculty for the Goleman EI Coaching Program, co-developed by Dr. Daniel Goleman, Dartmouth’s LEADS Program, the Rockefeller Center’s Management Leadership Development Program, and Gabelli TALK at Fordham. At the Tuck School of Business, she is a Visiting Faculty for Global Leadership and a coach for the Leadership Development Program. She is a Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Certified Teacher, True North Leadership Teaching Fellow, and Mind Gym Master Coach. She is the Chief Learning Officer of Ignition Coaching LLC, Senior Development Director of EI Focus, and an International Liaison for the U.S. Department of State. Belinda is a certified RYT© yoga teacher and a member of Valley Improv.

Author of The Mindful College Applicant (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Belinda’s writing has been featured in Mindful.org, Inside Higher Ed, and UNESCO, among other academic journals. She is a regular contributor on Goleman EI, Key Step Media, and Thrive Global, and has also published 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 Global Affairs, and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is based in New Hampshire with Bandit, the pink-nosed puppy (aka, Queen Amygdala).