I’m an Intercultural Trainer, Success Expat Coach and Energy Leadership Index ™ Master Practitioner,

Working to Empower Expats, Immigrants and Individuals Living between Cultures to Become the True Leaders in Their Lives.


I believe we can reach almost any desire to which we set our minds and that knowledge and a positive attitude, backed by plans and actions are our most valuable tools to reach our goals.

Sandra Bissell - Success -


My mission in life is to motivate and empower those around me to realize their full potential. We all have a special and particular vision of success, let me help you uncover yours.  

Sandra Bissell - Balance -


Finding balance in our daily lives can be a challenge in normal circumstances. Toss living between cultures into the mix, adjusting to new locations/languages and balance can seem far beyond your reach.

My Offerings

Complimentary Session - 20 Minutes

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Complimentary Powerful Session 

I offer a limited number of free 90-120 minute complimentary sessions monthly. Have you had you 20 minutes sessions? Still have questions?  Schedule a Powerful Session by emailing sandra@expatjoy.com

One-on-One with Sandra

Each of us is beautifully different from the other. Therefore, I will create a personalized program that fits your needs. 

E.L.I. Assessment and Debrief 

The ELI Assessment and Debrief includes a 10 page report with your individual results and a 90 minute debrief done over the phone or Skype. 

The Energy Leadership Index assessment reveals what specific views you’ve developed of your world and how those views are influencing the results you’re achieving in you personal and professional lives. Just scroll down for more information on the E.L.I.

One Day for You – The WHOLE Day 

Dedicate a day, away from daily life’s distractions, to plan, discover more about yourself or work on a special project.

Six hours of one-on-one coaching with me plus pre/post support assignments and assessment. This can be done in person or virtually.

Paying it Forward

I select one client per month to receive 3 entirely free sessions.

Living internationally has many joys, but there are struggles as well. 

These sessions are reserved for those with proved needs. Please email me for more information  sandra@expatjoy.com

Workshops & Trainings

For information on workshops and intercultural trainings, and to find out how can I support you, your family or your company, simply email me at sandra@expatjoy.com with:

  1. A brief description of your needs.
  2. Your expectations for working and desired outcomes.
  3. Questions you may have.



Topics I Can Help You With

  • Identity Management  - Being Yourself Anywhere - 
  • Clarity 
  • Cultural Training
  • Working, Volunteering & Studying Abroad
  • Life Transitions - Int'l marriage, divorce, loss, parenthood, empty-nest, retirement - 
  • Accompanying Partner Adaptation
  • Expat Success 
  • Repatriation
  • Expat Challenges -belonging, resentment, loneliness
  • Expat Parents
  • Family Adaptation
  • Individual Adaptation
  • Relationship Coaching
  • CCKs (Cross-Cultural Kids), TCKs (Third-Cultural Kids)
  • Life Balance
  • Relocation Preparation
  • Support

* Programs offered in 3, 6 and 12 month packages.

Hello & Welcome to Sandra Bissell Coaching & Training!


I've been blessed to live as an expat/immigrant for over two decades.

I’m originally from the countryside of Sao Paulo state, in Brazil, and have enjoyed life in Japan (Yokohama and Nagoya), in the United States (Boston and San Diego), Brazil - twice as an expatriate in my own country (Sao Paulo), Switzerland (Zurich) and most recently, back to the United States in Stamford, Connecticut.

As you may guess, I feel the most comfortable within the international community.

As a Japanese-Italian-Brazilian, with some Portuguese blood, one might expect that navigating through the world should have been easy.

Not so fast!

I started this global life as a non-skilled immigrant, working in a factory in Japan as I learned Japanese and English, and in retrospect, international living skills.

Initially, I struggled with my pride to have to work in a low level job. In my native culture, it was easy for me to secure more qualified positions, and having to work with my hands on the factory floors really hit me hard.

She won’t last a month – I heard some of my co-works say.

I had decided to live in Japan for a few years to save money for college and learn languages.

Due to my maternal Japanese grandparents, I was able to legally work in Japan, and found a job even before I left Sao Paulo. My new employers paid for my trip expenses, therefore guaranteeing that I would stay with them for a while. This arrangement benefited both parties, as I couldn’t have paid for the trip myself.

My new company, Fuji Products, picked me up at the airport, provided dormitory facilities and transportation to and from work – a perfect way to arrive at a new place when alone and unable to speak the local language.

This is where the joy comes in. Life always provides the necessary answers if one keeps on searching.  And with the search comes a certain knowledge that when shared, multiplies.

The skills I learned during those initial hard days in Japan kept on serving me, as I moved from one continent to the other.

 My mission is to motivate and inspire global individuals to achieve fulfilling and successful lives, regardless of current home locations. 

Feeling equally excited about our next vacation and our to-do list is possible! It takes learning new skills and partaking of the knowledge already out there shared by others who have traveled the paths we are now choosing.

Do you want to find out how I can help? Contact me to schedule your free consultation!


My Coaching Methods & Techniques

Clarity - Creation- Planning - Focus -  Action - Realize - Enjoy!

Energy Leadership Index™ Assessment

A Mirror That Reflects Your World

The Energy Leadership Index (E.L.I.) is a one-of-a-kind assessment that enables leaders to hold up mirrors to their perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and overall leadership capabilities. The E.L.I. forms the initial launching point for the Energy Leadership Development System, helping give you a baseline for your current performance and situation. Whether you proceed through the full system or not, the realizations that you’ll gain from the Energy Leadership assessment and debrief process alone will change the way you view your world.

Background: An Attitudinal Assessment

There are two main types of assessments: Personality and Attitudinal. Personality based assessments, such as Myers Briggs and D.I.S.C. are very valuable tools that pinpoint certain personality types so that people can have more of an understanding about what their strengths and weaknesses are. By understanding your personality and how it relates to what you do, you can adapt your behavior to “work with what you have,” to function effectively.

The E.L.I. is an attitudinal assessment, which is based on an energy/action model. This assessment differs from personality assessments as it is not intended to label a person and have them work well within that label. Instead, it measures your level of energy based on your attitude, or perception and perspective of your world. Because attitude is subjective, it can be altered. By working with a coach using the E.L.I., you can alter your attitude and perspective, make a shift in your consciousness, and increase your energy and leadership effectiveness.

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