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Create the Future: An Inspirational Speech to Motivate the Incoming Freshman Class or the Graduating Class (varies)
This is an inspirational speech (which comes in two different versions) for new students entering college or graduating students preparing to enter the "real world." The speech motivates students to consider the power of manifesting the future, social responsibility, and the boundless possibilities of their individual potential.
Change the Narrative: Diversity, Intersectionality, and Culturally Relevant Content in Media
This lecture focuses on the state of media and the growing desire for people, platforms, and brands to include diverse content in their output. In 2016, Sahra helped launch the video channel for NBC Asian America through creating and producing the first documentary series to premiere on the channel. Overall, she has created over 15 documentaries with a focus on diversity, intersectionality, and underrepresented stories. The lecture will pose problems, research data, and approaches for how content creators can effectively include diversity in their work while remaining authentic, impactful, and relevant to audiences.
Redefine Success: Purpose & Passion from a 1st Generation Vietnamese American Millennial
This lecture deconstructs conventional ideas of success, and reframes the definition of success to be rooted in one's sense of self-knowledge, purpose, and passion. Based on Sahra's experiences, she takes audiences on a personal journey from being a 1st generation daughter of Vietnamese refugees, to community organizing, to creating films, and starting her own businesses -- a production company and award-winning restaurant. Throughout the lecture, Sahra shares key lessons on how she navigated societal/cultural expectations while creating her own success, business, and financial future.
Invest in Yourself: Risk, Fear, & Empowerment in the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship
This lecture is for anyone who has thought about starting a side hustle, or quitting their 9-to-5 job to venture off on their own, but isn't quite sure how to make the leap. As someone who worked the 9-to-5 job, and juggled many side hustles, and eventually quit the full-time job to create her own path, Sahra has plenty of experiences and reflections on how to navigate the "free agent" hustle. The lecture inspires people to embrace "fear of the unknown" and focuses on the emotional, mental, and pragmatic journey for turning an idea into a reality.
She has served as the Director of the Writing Success Program at the University of California, Los Angeles where she helped undergraduate students develop critical thinking skills, self-empowerment and agency through the writing process.
Sahra has published an e-book of poetry titled, "One Ounce Gold," and has been published in the print anthology, "Pho For Life." Her writing primarily explores themes of identity, race in America, the Vietnamese American experience and the power of human potential.
With early beginnings in spoken word poetry, Sahra has toured universities and venues across the country performing poetry and facilitating workshops at places including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Cornell University's Women of Color Conference Keynote Speaker, Nuyorican Poet's Cafe and UMass Boston's Artist In Residence.
As a keynote speaker at Universities and conferences, Sahra speaks on a range of topics including Asian American issues + identity, pursuing a non-conventional creative career, the power of media + storytelling, and expanding the human potential beyond stereotypical ideas of success.
A longtime visual artist painting under the alias Vera Times, Sahra Vang has collaborated with luxury brand COACH, been featured in the print magazine Time Out New York, featured digitally on 12ozProphet, exhibited with a roster of renowned street and graffiti artists, and painted walls in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold LLC, in Spring 2014 Sahra created and filmed a documentary web series about NYC entrepreneurs called, "Maker's Lane," which was co-presented by the Smithsonian APAC and featured on Colorlines.com, NBCNews.com and Huffington Post. The series celebrates innovation, creativity and trailblazers in the entrepreneurial spirit of the American Dream. Sahra + Maker's Lane was selected as a Top 25 Finalist in CineCause Women's Initiative 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. In 2015, Sahra launched Season 2 of Maker's Lane.
In September 2014, Sahra was honored with the May Takayanagi Making Waves Award by social justice leaders at Asian American Resource Workshop's 35th Anniversary celebration in Boston, MA.
With a passion to constantly take on new challenges, Sahra along with three friends (all under the age of 30) opened up their first storefront business in Bushwick, NY, called "Lucy's Vietnamese Kitchen," in March 2015. She continues her love for storytelling and passion for promoting Vietnamese American culture as the company's Head Creative + Communications Manager. Within the first 9 months, Lucy's Vietnamese Kitchen won "Best Vietnamese Restaurant" by popular vote and has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Zagat, VICE, and more.
In late 2015, Maker's Lane caught the attention of a Managing Editor at NBC News. Maker's Lane eventually evolved into a brand new series exclusively for NBC News, titled "Self-Starters." In early 2016, Sahra created, produced, and filmed "Self-Starters" which launched the video channel for NBC Asian America and published on NBCNews.com, the official NBC News YouTube Channel, NBC News app for mobile and smart TV, and NBC Asian America Facebook page.
Mid-2016, Sahra sold her second documentary series to NBCNews.com, which covers the fight against deportation within the Cambodian American community. Under her own production company, One Ounce Gold, she filmed the doc in Seattle, Philadelphia, New York City, and Cambodia. The 5-part series, titled "Deported," published March 2017.
Born and raised in Boston, MA, Sahra graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a double major in Asian American Studies and World Arts & Cultures. She is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees.