At University of California, Berkeley we created a powerful program for visiting scholars, post-doctorate students, graduate student researchers and their spouses arriving from countries outside of the US. Some of the deepest and most impactful work offered was through Rita Brown’s course Designing Your Life in the US. She helps participants address and resolve the significant internal challenges they face around building their new life here. This includes issues regarding confidence in communicating in English, the difference in US values and those of their homeland, and how to navigate both cultural shock and the emotional landscape of an international transition.

– Sam Castaneda, Retired Founding Director – Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program, UC Berkeley


At the end of my five months of sessions with Rita, I was a changed person. I had found free-lance work, made peace, and eventually come to love living in Amsterdam, bad weather and all.  I am more active; I now have short-term and long-term goals for my life, personally, professionally, and financially.  In short, I am happy with the space I am in, the circumstance I live in, and overall, I am content with my life.  I would like to think that I am a living proof of Rita’s coaching skills, expertise and dedication to her mission in helping others.

– Vietnamese, spouse and mother living in The Netherlands


Rita Brown is an amazing coach. She guided me in a difficult period after important transitions in my life. These transitions brought me financial uncertainties and the need to redefine my focus and priorities. Rita combined a structured coaching approach with beautiful adjustments to my personal situation. She provided a perfect container for my personal development, giving me the space to find my way. Keeping professional distance, she was deeply involved with my process, guiding and reflecting. Her integral background helped me to work on all aspects of my life in one process and to become a more whole person.

– Dutch Sustainable Development and Leadership Consultant, Zen Teacher, The Netherlands

Rita’s gentle way of coaching encouraged and challenged me to look at myself in new ways.  I really appreciated her responsiveness to my feedback about what worked and what didn’t, and her willingness to go with me and explore.  Even now I look back on my notes and find new insights and perspectives.

— Kiwi Senior Program Manager living in The Netherlands

Rita is a very talented and skillful coach, as well as a beautiful human being. I was fortunate enough to have one high-impact session with Rita and the blueprint she co-created with me still influences my choices and actions one year later. In her coaching she combines curiosity, clarity and compassion in order to facilitate not only a shift towards more empowering actions and behaviors, but also towards a new way of being that honors both your current gifts and your future potential. I cannot recommend Rita’s skills as a coach highly enough.

—Dutch Coach, Artist, Entrepreneur, The Netherlands



Rita was awesome. [The training] provided me with a better way to…interact with my business partners.

– American, EVP of Sales, working with Brazilians


My family and I enjoyed everything that Rita shared with us. After the training, we felt much more prepared to live [and work] in our new country. Rita taught us how to accept, admire and love cultural differences and see them as a great opportunity to succeed.

– Mexican, Engineering Manager, relocating to the US


[Rita’s] content delivery and clarifying examples helped us learn…we are less concerned with the ups and downs of culture shock because we know that they will pass.

– Brazilian, Corporate Finance HR, relocating to the US


Rita Brown connects…very well, adapting [to] individual needs and situations…a great facilitator.

– Pakistani, Assistant Brand Manager, repatriating from Switzerland


[Rita] is very helpful…and really guided me through the culture shock I might experience. I love the way she explains the differences among cultures (US, Taiwan, Brazil). Highly effective!

– Taiwanese, Associate Director, Finance Business Planning & Analysis, relocating from Sweden to the US


[Rita] is very friendly and positive. She immediately helped me to be open and learn a lot. [She offered an] excellent way to see the transfer and myself from an outside perspective, understand my feelings and others’ reactions.

– Hungarian, Metrics Supervisor, relocating to Belgium


Thanks to Rita I feel more prepared to start a new beginning!!!

– Honduran, spouse, relocating from the US to the Netherlands


Rita Brown was very thorough in her research of what we needed…[giving] us the best information. She was positive, helpful and humane in her consultancy.

– Vietnamese, spouse, relocating to the Netherlands


Rita is a very nice, helpful trainer. Always smiling, always ready to help, experienced with handling cultural differences. I think she did a great job!

– Chinese, Process Expert, relocating to the US



[Rita has] a passionate commitment to equity and the value of diversity…We deeply valued her thoughtfulness and attention to both the big picture and the tiny details….She never missed a beat…her observations and ideas hit the bulls’ eye every time. 

 Former Associate Director for Training & Educational Programs, Dartmouth College