Using the power of story to heal and rebuild mission-driven cultures

Coaching | Training | Facilitation

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We carry our stories with us everywhere we go. We introduce our stories to other people's stories and all the stories get mixed up, but that's ultimately what we're all made of.

- George Tamihana Nuku, Artist

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At the heart of the human experience is a desire to connect, belong, and feel seen. 

At Roots in the Clouds we use the power of storytelling to connect to the humanity in each other. To heal root issues and trauma. To acknowledge lived experiences. We serve with the intention of creating mission-driven communities and workplaces grounded in empathy, connection, and belonging so you can keep doing the work the world needs you to do.




1:1 coaching grounded in mindful performance, positive psychology, and storytelling to help leaders at all levels thrive in life and leadership.



Brave spaces of support for teams to navigate hard conversations and build equity, connection, belonging and well-being into the fabric of team culture.


Support for

Culture design + strategic direction for unpacking and healing long-standing systemic issues, creating psychological safety, and operationalizing DEIB.


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Sessions designed to support leaders to do their own inner work to more effectively lead and navigate the challenges of mission-driven work.



Using the power of storytelling to empower leaders, break old patterns of conditioned thinking, build confidence, and enhance emotional intelligence.




Using the power of storytelling to acknowledge and heal individual and organizational trauma and cultivate compassion, empathy, and connection.

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Dimple Dhabalia, is the founder of Roots in the Clouds and a coach, facilitator, storyteller, and leader of leaders. Dimple’s cutting-edge work uses the power of storytelling and human-centered leadership to unpack and heal old narratives, mitigate trauma and burnout, and create meaningful connection between people working in mission-driven spaces. 

With close to 20 years of experience at the crossroads of the government and humanitarian sectors, Dimple understands the unique occupational challenges facing leaders across mission-driven sectors and organizations. Using her own experiences as a catalyst she provides tools, strategies, skills, and space for leaders to do their own inner work to perform at their best, not just once, but over a career and lifetime.

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In the measurable distance between facts is an immeasurable truth: WE ARE MADE OF STORIES. It's the story that matters, the story that reveals, and the story that evolves . . . What is more interesting is the truth that the conflicting narratives and memories reveal.

- Ruchi Mital, Filmmaker

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Roots in the Clouds works at the intersection of leadership, storytelling, and advocacy.


We help mission-driven organizations use the power of storytelling to heal trauma, dismantle outdated and oppressive narratives, and advocate for change through human-centered stories for social impact that support cultures where head, heart, and metrics work together to meet mission needs and create psychologically safe spaces of empathy, connection, and belonging.

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Most traditional consulting firms use hard-charging, data-driven, one-size-fits all, change management approaches to culture design and diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) work, while often ignoring the impact of occupational traumas all together. Unfortunately these approaches, often steeped in supremacy culture, serve to perpetuate the very issues they're trying to resolve and result in new versions of the same old stories because they fail to acknowledge that:

  • Every policy, strategy, and system is influenced by the stories, beliefs, and experiences of the human beings who created them; and
  • Behind every experience of inequity and trauma is a lived experience that needs to be acknowledged and healed before something new can be created.

At Roots in the Clouds we use a human-centered approach grounded in mindfulness and storytelling to help mission-driven organizations:

  • Build trust and psychological safety within their teams and the organization;
  • Bridge the gap between the individual and the larger collective with compassion and empathy;
  • Acknowledge and heal individual, organizational and occupational trauma;
  • Integrate staff well-being needs to more effectively meet mission needs;
  • Empower a diversity of perspectives to contribute to the success of the organization; and
  • Align head, heart, and metrics to work together for mission success.
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quotation left Dimple is an excellent instructor. Her courses are professionally done and she's a seasoned facilitator and leader in her field, so she has very practical experience. She knows what she's teaching inside and out. The resources she provides are clearly laid out and designed to support you. Everyone in a high demand or leadership position can benefit from working with her.

Nina Sachdev
US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

quotation left Dimple is an open, accepting and deeply knowledgeable and compassionate teacher. She made the material interesting and relevant, and it always felt like an ongoing conversation. She skillfully navigates obstacles and makes everyone feel seen and heard. This class was like getting a warm hug, wrapped in a blanket of knowledge.

Jennifer Jines
Creator and Chief Visionary Officer, Kindagious

quotation left There were so many thoughts in my head at the end of the 3-day course I took with Dimple. I’m definitely someone who needs time to process experiences like the mPEAK class, and I’ve spent the entire weekend doing nothing but thinking about intentions and takeaways. Dimple is a FANTASTIC instructor! Truly, I was in awe of her ability to lead the class through three long days of exercises and discussions with such ease. I’m glad I was in this class, and I enjoyed the presence of every student.

LeRoy Potts
US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security