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Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy

I’m Samorn Selim. Welcome to the Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy Podcast. I’m a lawyer turned career coach on a mission for us to take our careers from dread to joy. Growing up as the daughter of poor Lao refugees, I was the underdog. Against all odds, I made it to a top 10 law school and landed a job in Big Law. As an outsider, I was told that I was lucky to even be there and that I had 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 to make a big impact. So even as we struggle, we can find a sense of belonging.


Ep. 38: Setting healthy boundaries with Jamie Spannhake (Writer, Coach, and speaker) 46:18 08/09/2022
Ep. 37: How to embrace what you love and let go of parental expectations with Annalyn Cruz (Founder of Grounded in Wisdom) 46:24 08/02/2022
Ep. 36: How to put yourself out there even when it’s uncomfortable with Rupa Bhandari (VP of Legal Operations at Silicon Legal Strategy) 51:13 07/26/2022
Ep. 35: How to find your purpose and scale your business with Rukayatu “Ruky” Tijani (Founder of Firm for the Culture) 48:32 07/19/2022
Ep. 34: How to build your dream business with Annie Little (Founder of JD Nation) 44:51 07/12/2022
Ep. 33: How to pursue your dreams and not be trapped by the golden handcuffs with Christina Yang (General Counsel & Pro Bono Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles) 49:14 07/05/2022
Ep. 32: How to reenter the job market after taking a 15 year break (Professor and Director of Applied Innovation at UC Hastings College of the Law) 53:45 06/28/2022
Ep. 31: Why self care and mental health is vital with Aya Miyashita (Co-Director to the UCLA Hub for Health Intervention) 50:40 06/21/2022
Episode 30: How to be authentic in an inauthentic world with Jim Block (Bay Area Photographer for 30+ years) 46:40 06/13/2022
Episode 29: How to use mindfulness to create a good life and career with Mona Tashroudian (Founding Partner of Tashroudian Law Group) 53:14 06/07/2022
Episode 28: How finding your voice can lead to your career growth with Meyling Ly Ortiz (Managing Counsel of Employment & Labor at Toyota Motor North America, Inc.) 49:44 05/31/2022
Episode 27: How music can fuel your career growth and wellbeing with Stephanie Wu (Senior Manager, Global Enterprise Marketing Campaigns at Coursera) 44:37 05/24/2022
Episode 26: How knowing your self worth can accelerate your career growth with Jacqueline Lee (Vice President & General Counsel of Flynn Restaurant Group) 51:17 05/17/2022
Episode 25: How to bounce back from the pandemic and find passion for building a new dream with Winnie Yee-Lakhani 44:26 05/10/2022
Episode 24: How being a gay Asian dancer led to founding his therapy practice with Dr. Noel Ramirez (Founder & Director of Mango Tree Counseling & Consulting) 52:55 05/03/2022
Episode 23: How to rebuild your life after addiction with Leigh Steinberg (real-life inspiration for Oscar-winning Jerry McGuire & Chairman of Leigh Steinberg Sports and Entertainment Holdings) 48:10 04/26/2022
Episode 22: How to find a job you love after taking a year off to travel with Lisa Chin (Intellectual Property Leader & Lawyer at Fortune 500 Company) 47:35 04/19/2022
Episode 21: How to rebuild your life and career with a mental illness with Rohan Kallicharan (Director of People & Talent of Carbon Clean) 53:19 04/12/2022
Episode 20: How to leave your toxic workplace with Sarah Cottrell (Founder of Former Lawyer) 49:36 04/05/2022
Episode 19: How taking a risk can lead to your dream career with Alex Su (Head of Community at Ironclad) 50:13 03/29/2022
Episode 18: How to be build a happy career (Founder of his firm, happy attorney, and ukulele player) 52:55 03/22/2022
Episode 17: How to lead with diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion with Amy Bartow-Melia (Executive Director of the South Carolina State Museum) 47:59 03/15/2022
Episode 16: How to build a career in human rights with Lindsay Harris (Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs, Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the University of t 49:19 03/08/2022
Episode 15: How choosing the untraditional path can lead to your dream career with Frankie Reed (Former ambassador of Fiji and the surrounding regions) 54:05 03/01/2022
Episode 14: How intersectionality impacts our identities with Donna Vivar (Strategic Initiatives Manager at UC Berkeley Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence) 37:30 02/22/2022
Episode 13: How to reinvent yourself with Kate Sullivan (4x Emmy award winning journalist and host of To Dine For on PBS) 49:52 02/15/2022
Episode 12: When to take a break with Kony Kim (In-betweener, poet, and restorative justice advocate) 61:01 02/08/2022
Episode 11: How to belong in a world that isn’t made for you with Dr. Vicky Gomez (Assistant Professor at San Jose State) 43:49 02/01/2022
Episode 10: How to manage your mental health with Lauren Tetenbaum (Psychotherapist) 43:26 01/25/2022
Episode 9: How to build your network from scratch with Dyanna Volek (Government Affairs Manager featured on New York Times and CNN) 50:18 01/18/2022