Hey there! My Name is…

May Teo-Lo, and for the last 15 years, I’ve turned my passion for teaching, mentoring, and creating standout programs into a mission to help people glow in their personal and professional lives. My journey began in the vibrant city of Singapore and has since taken me across the globe to the U.S.

My focus? Soft skills – those critical, sometimes underestimated powers that help us sail through life’s challenges and workplace dramas. Whether it’s emotional intelligence, effective communication, or stepping up as a leader in your own story, I’m here to equip you with the practical toolkit for success.

When I am not teaching or coaching, you’ll find me at my sewing machine, creating pieces that bring as much joy as seeing someone I’ve worked with have their ‘aha!’ moment. I also put my heart into a non-profit I co-founded aimed at lifting up first- and second-generation female professionals.

Clients and students often describe their experience with me as transformative, a journey from feeling overwhelmed to empowered. 

If you’re ready to lead with heart and not just chase, but catch your dreams, let’s connect at may@thrivingupward.com.  Together, we’ll tailor a journey that’s as uniquely exceptional as you are.

What They Say

It takes a strong confident woman to coach another strong stubborn woman who looks like she has it all together in life but is secretly quaking in her boots and questioning her own power. I’ve struggled with high performance anxiety for a very long time and with the help of May’s support, I’ve been able to move forward in building my online business and support my dream clients. May has helped me to reset my own self-sabotaging thoughts and create boundaries with my schedule to make sure that there is plenty of time for me and the things that are most important to me. I’m honored to have her as my coach and know that she came into my life at the exact perfect time.

April N.K.


I had the transformative pleasure of working with May for 30 days straight to build confidence and take action in my personal and professional life, instead of defaulting to overwhelm and shutting down. May has a way of making you feel seen, heard, and supported; she genuinely cared about whether I achieved my goals and was super realistic about the feasibility of my massive projects list and self-imposed deadlines and other obligations. 

With her help, I was able to come to terms with the limits of my time and energy and adjust my goals accordingly. May really lifted me out of a very dark place in the beginning to feeling empowered again by the end of the 30 days. I’d still be struggling if it weren’t for her. 

If you’re looking for someone to help you build confidence and take action, and for someone who is thoroughly qualified and also actually cares (you’re not just a number on a spreadsheet), May is the coach for you.

Torah B.

Non-Profit Founder & Author

I have had a number of life coaches and May is by far the best. She has the right balance between helping you along your line of goals without being pushy and unrealistic in what’s possible, yet keeping you motivated and open to what is possible.

I look forward to my sessions with May. I find her open, honest, intuitive and clear. May is very perceptive and realistic about my situation and how to obtain and achieve the things I want to do in life. I would recommend her to anyone who has goals and wants to thrive in life.

Jeremy W.