about

CiTTA is a purpose-driven consulting firm, through and through.
We measure our success by how much we have empowered leaders of purpose-driven organizations to implement their ideas and scale their social impact in a financially sustainable way.

our story

To paint a full picture of the essence of CiTTA, and how she came to be, let’s turn to the journey of our founder, Belinda Li…
quote I believe in the inherent goodness of humanity.
And the ingenuity of the human mind.
Belinda Li As an Asian American, I have been profoundly impacted by the Buddhist teaching of inter-dependence. Not only do our daily actions affect one another, we also all have a role to play. Everyone can make a difference by contributing their small part. When all of our efforts are combined, amazing things are possible.

It was this sense of interdependence and an urgent desire to make an impact in the world that first drove me into consulting work for the environmental field, and then, ultimately, into opening my own impact consulting firm, CiTTA Partnership.

My professional journey at multinational cooperations and large companies were invaluable. I learned so much and am eternally grateful for those experiences. They opened my eyes to the power and potential of businesses to do good, while seeing how that potential could be completely lost when financial bottom line is the sole focus.

a wake up call

I remember once, before CiTTA, when I was consulting for a pharmaceutical company, I was asked to conduct research into how much they could charge for a new drug with the goal of making as much profit as possible. As part of that research, I was reading community sites where patients were chatting with each other about how desperate they were - this drug was their last hope for a truly debilitating disease where they had tried everything else possible but were still not getting better.

This really made me pause.

Here I was, trying to help a client find the highest price the market would allow even if that meant many patients could not afford it. Not that I blamed the pharmaceutical company - it’s their job to maximize shareholders’ value by making a profit. But what would happen to the many patients who couldn’t afford the price, when this drug was truly their last hope?

I was heart-broken even thinking about that. I saw the failure of us as a society - why can’t we do better?

This was when I reminded myself of my reason for being - the impact that I wanted to make in the world. And realized I needed to return to that reason.

Soon after that job, I founded CiTTA Partnership - and I have been focusing all my efforts on helping purpose-driven organizations, businesses and initiatives to create and grow social impact ever since.

our name . our promise

Citta” is an ancient Sanskrit word that means “the mind as associated with the heart. We are committed to providing the highest level of intellectual pursuit to solving our clients’ challenges and to do so with a strong sense of passion and belief that, together, we can make this world a better place for all.

Partnership” signifies our commitment to work in partnership with all stakeholders – clients, employees, and other consultants.

to all our clients, CiTTA offers:

  • Real, authentic passion for positive change
  • A mission-focused intention in all that we do
  • Senior level consultants with deep experiences across sectors (corporate, not-for-profit, public, academic, social enterprise)
  • The attention and dedication of a small, boutique consultancy, with direct access to those senior-level consultants
  • A bias towards action - because CiTTA exists to do good, and thus there is no point in creating a strategy or plan if no real impact happens from it!
  • Diversity of thoughts, and inclusivity
  • Disciplined methodology and rigor in our data-driven approach - a somewhat nerdy bunch if you like: getting it right matters to us
  • A true partner who will work alongside you to scale social impact in a financially sustainable way

 
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide
what kind of difference you want to make.
-- Dr. Jane Goodall