Lisa Zahiya is a life and small business coach who guides female entrepreneurs to build the business and lives of their dreams. She travels nationally and internationally coaching and speaking. Previously a dancer and performer, she is based in Asheville, NC where she is the founder & owner of Studio Zahiya, five time winner of “Best Place to Take a Dance Class.” She also owns Zahiya Bellydance, a comprehensive Bellydance program, Asheville Bachelorette Parties, and Lisa Zahiya Coaching, a coaching program for entrepreneurs.
Lisa holds an MBA from the Robert H Smith School of Business at University of Maryland. After graduation, she worked as a director of internet marketing for Sylvan Learning Centers. After leaving her job to follow her passion of dance, she moved to Asheville, where she founded Studio Zahiya and toured internationally as a dance instructor.
Lisa is an in-demand speaker. In 2018 she was the keynote speaker at Creative Mornings Asheville and did a popular TEDx talk, Let’s Have a Party. She has spoken to groups and audiences across the US. She has taught workshops on body image and self-love, as well as entrepreneurship. She is known as a dynamic and engaging speaker
At home, she has taught at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University. She serves as an Ambassador for lululemon Athletica, Asheville. She lives in downtown Asheville and strives to make her businesses as interesting and dynamic as the city around her.