Danya Shults

Executive Coach & 0-1 Startup Advisor

I am a former leader in tech and venture capital, a certified executive and life coach, and an early stage startup advisor. After 15+ years of building brands, businesses, teams, and communities from scratch and at scale, I now coach leaders who want to learn, grow, and shift so that they can live and lead in a more healthy, creative, effective way.

I'm a constant learner and optimist who welcomes juicy challenges, a connector of people and dots, a catalyst, and a storyteller. I mix ease and wisd…

Danya Shults


  • Danya Shults Co.

    Danya Shults Co.

    Executive Coach & Startup Advisor

    Nov 2022 - Present

    I coach leaders who want to learn, grow, and shift so they can lead and live in a more effective, creative, healthy way. I also advise startups in their earliest stages on culture, hiring, management, community, and content.

  • New Ventures West

    New Ventures West

    Certified Integral Coach

    Jul 2022 - Jul 2023

    New Ventures West provides a thorough, rigorous coaching certification program resulting in a designation as a New Ventures West Integral Coach®.

  • Patreon


    Head of Community and Education

    Oct 2020 - Jan 2020

    Providing spaces, experiences, and content that help creators connect, collaborate, and grow.

  • Arq


    Founder & CEO

    Apr 2016 - Jan 2019

    Arq was a digital media company and community inspired by all things Jewish and open to everyone. Arq reignited Jewish pride and positivity among Jews and the broader global community and shifted the institutional Jewish approach to innovation and engagement.

  • Spark Capital

    Spark Capital

    Director of Marketing & Community

    Jan 2013 - Dec 2016

    I built Spark Capital's in-house marketing and community functions from scratch.

  • Skillshare


    Head of People and Culture

    Mar 2011 - Mar 2013

    As the second employee, I began in an everything-non-product role and ultimately built the foundations for and managed the following areas: early market development, customer acquisition, community management, copywriting, PR, customer support, events, social media, recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and ongoing learning & development opportunities.

  • Teach For America

    Teach For America

    Recruitment Director

    Jul 2007 - Apr 2011

    I developed and executed experimental, high growth teacher recruitment campaigns on college campuses and led the training for the entire organization's student campus representatives.

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