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Sam Louie      

Psychotherapist, Author, Poet and Emmy Award-Winning Former Television Journalist

Sam Louie is a psychotherapist, author, poet and Emmy Award-Winning former television journalist. He addresses life issues both as a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and public speaker. Topics include multiculturalism, motivation, addiction recovery, and other matters of the heart and mind.

As an Emmy Award-Winning former broadcast journalist who's interviewed everyone from CEOs to celebrities, Sam can accommodate your speaking needs as a keynote speaker, trainer, or emcee. In addition to his public speaking poise and professionalism, Sam's engaging, energetic and light-hearted spirit creates a safe and fun atmosphere to learn, grow, and meet tomorrow's challenges.

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Diversity & Culture Keynotes

"Wanting to Fit in: Yet Always Standing Out" Sam didn't choose to be Chinese. Sam didn't choose to stand out. Instead he tried his best to fit in. Yet, because of his culture, he endured racism, stereotypes, job discrimination (which includes favoritism shown towards others), and overt messages that he wasn't wanted in certain places and professions in society. It's not easy being a silent minority (i.e. a culture that has few vocal activists), so mainstream culture not only ignores the injustice but also capitalizes on the caricatures. In this riveting keynote, you will hear not one man's story, but the collective story of Asian-Americans and the battle against the societal perception that they are "always Asian" yet "never American".

“The Racist Within: Finding your Cultural Bias” In this provocative keynote, Sam challenges participants to find “the racist within” each of us. He creates a safe environment for people to acknowledge, share, and learn from each other as the first step towards change is recognition of one’s own limitations and biases.

“Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience of Race, Culture, and Bias in Daily Life”
This keynote explores the history of Asian-American immigration, racism, and challenges Asian-Americans face growing up in the U.S. A presentation which explores the impact of white privilege on ethnic minorities in both overt and more subtle ways (i.e. micro-aggressions). The presentation also includes a look at mainstream media and its impact on perpetuating the stereotypes.

Inspirational, Wellness, & Corporate Keynotes

"No Mentor, No Problem" People always recommend finding mentors or role models to help you grow professionally. But what if you're a minority lacking access to any? Better yet, what if you're the son of immigrants and there's no one around you who speaks English? How do you get ahead in this country? This is Sam's story of perseverance and success. Raised in a poor, urban neighborhood of South Seattle, he endured poverty, stereotypes, bullying, job discrimination, Asian shame (i.e. dishonoring the family), to get to where he is today. As a psychotherapist in private-practice and Emmy Award-Winning former broadcast journalist, he reflects back on all the personal, cultural, and societal barriers that stood in his way. Yet in the end, he found a way to reach his goals despite stumbles and setbacks. His story is a sobering reminder of the realities of social inequity (i.e. ethnic, educational, and financial) facing many minorities but it should also lift audiences as a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

"When Life Gives You Lemons, Return Them for Oranges" Sam Louie is a son of first-generation Chinese immigrants who endured poverty, stereotypes, bullying, job discrimination, Asian shame (i.e. dishonoring the family), to get to where he is today. In addition, he grew up among 3 generations of family members struggling with some form of addiction. Sam not only had to battle his own addiction demons but also had to fight off the negative messages that come with being an adult victim of sexual exploitation. Feelings of despair, inadequacy, and worthlessness crippled him to the point of pondering suicide. Yet despite the humiliation, multiple job losses, and a divorce, Sam soldiered on. "The only way out was through", he was told. So he got better and hatched a plan to pursue a career in psychotherapy so he could help others while also sharing similar stories of courage and commitment.

“Is your Calling ‘calling’ You?” A look at vocation and life’s career goals from the unique perspective of those who didn’t know what they wanted until the time arrived. In this inspiring talk, Sam frees audiences from the belief that passion is only relegated to a small, special population. Instead, he believes your calling is available to you but only if you’re willing to listen when it whispers in your ear.

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