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I’m Samorn Selim. 

I’m a lawyer turned career coach on a mission for us to take our careers from dread to joy. As the daughter of poor Lao refugees, I was told to pay my dues.

After coaching over 1,000 clients, I now realize that the idea that you have to pay your dues and work in a toxic place is a myth. 

We can face our challenges head on, do work we are passionate about, and work with good people with kind hearts to make a big impact. So even as we struggle, we can find a sense of belonging.

May 30, 2023

What do you do with the trauma of being bullied and othered?  In this episode with Mita Mallick, we discuss:

- The vivid memories of her hair being burned by White boys in high school, and what she’s done to heal that trauma.

- How having one person who is an ally can make a huge difference when you’re...

May 23, 2023


There’s a stereotype that Asian American women are supposed to be quiet and submissive.  But that doesn’t have to be the case, and you can set boundaries and live a good life.  

In this episode with Christine, we discuss:

- How imposter syndrome is real for Asian Americans and women, and what you can do to let...

May 16, 2023


Did you grow up feeling like you didn’t belong?  And you want to find a sense of community?

In this episode with Ny Derry, we discuss:

- What it means to feel like a “throwaway” because our families are refugees from Laos.

- How our cultural backgrounds make us “workaholics” and how managing so many...

May 9, 2023


Ep. 77: Embracing the intersectionality of our identities, building our dream careers, and creating a culture of inclusion with Jaya Saxena (Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Spencer Stuart)

Did you grow up with multiple identities?  And you wondered where you fit in and belonged?  

In this episode...

May 2, 2023


Did you grow up with the odds stacked against you?  But you didn’t let that stop you from trying to achieve your wildest dreams?  In this episode with Lily Chan, we discuss: 


- How growing up with refugee parents from Vietnam and Cambodia while being ethnic Chinese in the tenderloin impacts our life and career...