What I do if I weren't afraid?
Share a story that goes beyond a list of titles and achievements. Because who we are is how we lead.
I’m a Creative Executive Coach, Spiritual Teacher & Strategic Advisor who is passionate about collaborating with fiercely courageous and creative leaders to achieve long-lasting impact in their lives, organizations and the world
My study of fear began at a young age, as a painfully shy Asian American immigrant kid afraid to speak during class or in meetings. Over the course of 34 years, I’ve developed an acute understanding of fear — how it can hold us back but also how it can propel us into the most powerful essence of who we are.
“We can’t lead without knowing our fears. When we know how to hold fear, it becomes an immense source of power.”
For me, it’s been a practice of persistent courage and liberation. It’s what inspired me to come out as queer at 27. It’s what inspired me to trade a well-paid job for a vision of collaborating with creative leaders to fight for humanity. It’s what inspired me to build equal and authentic connections with people whether it’s in the boardroom or on the beach. It’s what inspired me to be vulnerable and share my story with thousands of strangers across the world.
It’s a practice that I’m keen to share with
leaders who are ready to work with fear.
Let’s have a real conversation if this resonates.
What has shaped who you are?
My perspective has been inherently global and interdisciplinary from day one. I was born in Nigeria, but my parents are from the Philippines. They immigrated illegally to America a year after I was born to provide a better education and future for our family.
Education is my reason for being. It is one of our most powerful tools for fueling creativity, equality and transformation.
This passion for the development of others led me to jumpstart the client learning arm of the creative consultancy Wolff Olins where I was a lead strategist in both their NYC and London offices. One of my most transformational projects with Wolff Olins was co-creating the original vision for the MOOC provider FutureLearn and their first course, which has reached 100,000+ people. Following Wolff Olins, I had the privilege of serving as the COO of Learnerbly, a VC-backed startup based in London that helps creative companies that include IDEO, Moving Brands and ustwo accelerate the growth of their people. It has been an honor empowering so many people across the world to learn.
Alongside my experiences as an immigrant, brand strategist and education innovator, my experience coming out as a queer has had the most profound impact on the way that I lead, coach and build company culture.
It has inspired me to transform fear and shame into our greatest sources of power. I frequently give public talks at places that include the UK Government, Impact Hub and Google focused on helping disadvantaged communities (LGBTQ2IA+, women, people of colour) to uncover confidence in themselves and others.