Inspirational & corporate Keynotes
“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.
"No Mentor, No Problem: Persevering through Setbacks, Stumbles, and Stereotypes"
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.
“Faith & Works: God’s Desire for your Vocation”
For many Christians, their work life is separate from the spiritual realm. Yet, in this challenging talk, Sam shares how work and vocation should be deeply integrated with one’s faith. In other words, God calls us to find meaning not only in our faith and spiritual walk but in the world of work as well.
* All keynote messages can be tailored and expanded into half-day workshops.