Creator, The Calm & Free Podcast

Former Investment Banker
Empowering Women & Girls
 Author, The 3-Day Reset


Pooja Mottl is an author, writer, speaker and creator of the Calm & Free Podcast with Pooja Mottl, a podcast dedicated to delivering timeless wisdom to help people calmly pursue their greatest self and a life of meaning in a fast-paced, ever-changing world. Topics range from mindset to mindfulness, and philosophy to personal development.

She is the author of The 3-Day Reset (Seal Press/Hachette, 2014), a self-help book on transitioning from processed to healthy, whole foods endorsed by John Mackey, Co-Founder of Whole Foods Market.


Pooja also serves as an affiliate at the Markman Lab within the Department of Psychology at Stanford University where she is a co-author on a working study examining language in feminist-style children's books and its impact on girls' motivation to lead.


Pooja continues to be involved in work that helps women and girls become the best versions of themselves and leaders across industry.

Mottl gained a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa) and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, beginning her career as an Investment Banker at premier bulge bracket global investment banks and as an economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She is also a graduate of the professional Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) and earned a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University.


She has appeared on Good Morning America, WGN-TV, Martha Stewart Radio,,,, The Better Show, Good Day Austin, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Serendipity Magazine, HuffPost Live,,, and other media outlets.

Pooja was born and raised in the Midwest and was a resident of London, England for nearly a decade. She is a mother of two, a meditator, an avid athlete, sports enthusiast, and a former 3-sport HS varsity athlete. She is a graduate of the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program developed at Stanford University and a student of the Sri Sri School of Yoga TTC.