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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 10, 2022

During the pandemic, did you struggle with what your life’s purpose is?  Did you have to make hard decisions, and think you couldn’t recover?  Winnie Yee-Lakhani (Founder & Chef of Smoke Queen Barbeque) shares:  


- How she made the hard decision to layoff 50 employees during the pandemic. 

- How she bounced back and started Smoke Queen Barbeque combining her passion for smoking with her Asian heritage.

- How she handles haters who tell her she doesn’t know what she’s doing because she’s a woman and/or smoking using Asian style is wrong.  

- How she got featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show, The New York Times, and Eater LA organically with Instagram and TikTok without a PR team.


Connect with Winnie at or on Instagram @smokequeenbbq.


PS - Winnie is also on Food Network’s BBQ Brawl, which premiered on Monday, May 9, 2022.