avatar Anna Gannon Editorial Lead at Expectful

What is the foundation for a healthy and happy life throughout motherhood and beyond?

During her experience at a high stress work environment in her 20s, today’s guest, Shona Beats realized that the foundation for a happy life isn’t something that should be created during say, a midlife crisis, but instead it should be strengthened whenever needed.

After discovering the benefits of meditation, Shona became one of the founding members of Headspace where she worked as the General Manager for many years. However, after becoming a mother, Shona decided to focus her attention on a new passion project – supporting people through personal coaching. Now Shona has cofounded Sphere, a company that provides personal coaching, in the palm of your hand.

On today’s episode, Shona walks us through how following her instincts led her to meditation, how meditation supported her through becoming a mother and how having a life coach and now supporting others in having their own coach through Sphere, has truly transformed her life.

About Shona Beats:


A revolutionary thinker. A mindful leader. Shona’s on a mission to recondition the health and wellness space, applying deep wisdom found bouncing back from burnout at 30. She kick starts ideas that cut through the noise and change the face of how people help themselves. Heard of Headspace, the award winning meditation app? Yeah, she grew it.

As the founding GM and employee No.2, Shona scaled Headspace from delivering small live events, into a booming technology product, and in 2014, transitioned the HQ team from London to LA. With that, the company went global. Over 6 years, she drove the team and business to create a stable and thriving company that now boasts over 200 employees, multi million annual revenue and over 20m users in 190 countries. Fast company recognized Headspace as one of the most innovative companies of 2017.

Her newest venture, Sphere, is a first-to-market technology that amplifies the experience of personal coaching, and transforms the way Guidance is accessed and delivered. The revolutionary platform, powered by smart technology, unites a global ecosystem of Seekers to best-fit Guides, and facilitates the sessions end to end. Sphere makes the experience of personal coaching customized, convenient and totally approachable.

Shona is published in The Guardian: Women in Leadership column, has lead wellbeing innovation panels with Arianna Huffington, and is mentor to hundreds of start ups and individuals looking to change the world through smart technology and life evolving products.