Magazine article Working Mother

She's All about Chemistry

Magazine article Working Mother

She's All about Chemistry

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Bela Gandhi worked in mergers and acquisitions before taking over her family's chemical company-not exactly the typical background of a dating coach. Yet after daughter Jaden, 12, was born in 2004 and son Max, 8, followed in 2008, Bella leftthe hectic corporate chemical world to start the Smart Dating Academy (smartdatingacademy.com)-this after setting up friends that resulted in not one, not two, but three marriages. Seven years later, her company is nationwide, with a slew of married couples to its credit. Plus, the Chicago-based mom regularly doles out dating advice to Fox TV and Steve Harvey-and now to us.

Q: Did you learn anything in the chemical industry that helps you as a dating coach?

A: Somebody smarter than me said, "Wow, you went from chemistry to chemistry." That cracked me up. But the way we approach dating is systematic. We start with thorough fact-finding and build up the right data. It's very common in the corporate world to get feedback from your colleagues, superiors and staffers to get a real perspective on how you're doing in your job. We do something similar for our singles: We survey them on five to 10 reasons why they're still single, which starts their whole journey. And we've had great results: about two engagements or relationships a month. …

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