You Are Enough to Make a Difference

A few days ago, I was speaking at UC Davis School of Law for an event that highlighted some moments from my journey to the Supreme Court. After the presentation, I spent some time with student leaders of APALSA, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, where we casually spoke about music, Joss Whedon's Firefly, … Continue reading You Are Enough to Make a Difference

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Don’t Base Outreach Strategy on Algorithms

A few minutes ago, I just received a phone call that began with "Hi, this is an important phone call" - CLICK. That's all I needed to hear. If something was truly important, they should have used a real person instead of an automated system. And they should not have used a generic greeting that … Continue reading Don’t Base Outreach Strategy on Algorithms

Go Big or Go Home

Go big or go home is a popular adage that exhorts you to go all in, to experience something to its fullest. Like other catch phrases, it's easier said than done. In one sense, it might dissuade people from trying at all - "Don't bother unless you put your entire self into it." In another, … Continue reading Go Big or Go Home

The Direct Approach

If you're active on Linkedin, chances are that you receive generic pitches in your feed or messages on a regular basis. Today, I received one that said "We work with a lot of Principals in your industry," which clearly meant that he didn't bother to see what my industry was, A few days ago, I … Continue reading The Direct Approach

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

A few weeks ago, I put my notice in at work with no set plans, no confirmed next step. I just knew that it was no longer my place. That night, I received affirmation by way of fortune cookie: Some thoughts: I realize how many of us end up in a trap. We have been … Continue reading Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Yes, Read the Comments Section

My newest TED talk was delivered in May 2017 in Bend, Oregon. While the eyebrow-raising title ("Yes, Read the Comments Section") might make some feel uncomfortable because of their personal experiences, I believe it is important to wade into the waters of the unknown in order to make connections with those of different beliefs. At … Continue reading Yes, Read the Comments Section

How Social Media Affects Elections

Today, I participated in a panel from City Club of Portland's Friday Forum on how social media affects elections in Oregon. I was honored to join a distinguished group of experts, each with a unique perspective into the role that new media plays with social change. Below is the Storify recap of social media posts … Continue reading How Social Media Affects Elections

How to Get a TED Talk

My newest TED talk, "How to Get a TED Talk," has just been uploaded to YouTube (though it has been retitled to "Pitching Your Way to the TEDx Stage"). Here it is: I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please consider sharing it. Thank you!

Free Book Promotion

This weekend, my first book, How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements, will be free to download on Amazon.com! Building a relationship with a corporate sponsor is one of the most important things an organization needs to do in order to achieve its mission. Sponsors can not only provide a source of income, but also increased … Continue reading Free Book Promotion

7 Essential Tips to Prepare for Your TED Talk

This is a follow up to my first guide on How to Get a TED Talk (and what to do when you get there). As I am getting ready to present my fifth TEDx talk, I wanted to share some of the best practices I’ve learned along the way on preparing for a TED talk. … Continue reading 7 Essential Tips to Prepare for Your TED Talk