Gloria S. Chan, JD, PCC is a much sought after motivational speaker for diverse audiences, social visionaries, change agents, women, minorities, Asian American audiences, and youth.
Gloria was born with a passion for social change. Her immigrant parents escaped harsh realities of Communist China in the 70s by swimming to Hong Kong. Her story begins with their courage and perseverance. With little resources in New York City, her parents worked their way from being factory workers to leaders in the Chinatown community. She was left with a passion for empowering underserved communities.
There is no one correct way to create social change. With her family history, Gloria felt tremendous pressure to be a voice for her community in the context of mainstream American democracy. As a student of the civil rights movement, law school, policy advocacy, and political leadership seemed the only legitimate way forward.
Gloria’s message is clear: Find your path. Change the world.
When you discover your passion and purpose, you skyrocket your capacity for change and impact — and you get to live a life you love. She speaks passionately about social change and moving from a sense of burden and responsibility to one of greater freedom. When you follow your passion and purpose, there is no stopping you or the communities you serve. Social transformation is personal, and when you do the personal work, you can be change you wish to see in the world, and lead others to do the same.
Gloria’s personal story and inspiring energy will leave you empowered to lead an authentic and impactful life.
Gloria’s presentations can be tailored to meet the customized needs of your audience (individuals, organizations, and trainings).
Upcoming and Past Talks
- “Vanquishing Racism: How To Develop Transformative Personal Power in a Racist World,” Keynote Speaker, Asian Americans for Equality 9th Annual Conference, October 18, 2016.
- “How to Chart Your Course,” Keynote, Women’s Congressional Staff Association 2016 Leadership Conference, June 11, 2016.
- “Asian Stereotypes: Understanding How Microaggressions Impact Professionals and Youth,” Panelist, Asian American Federation of New York, October 27, 2015.
- Leadership Horizon Seminar, Judge, Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s (MLT) Social Innovation Pitch Competition, leadership development for high potential minority professionals, October 23, 2015.
- “The Authentic Self: Career Passion, Happiness, and Finding your Voice,” Opening Speaker, Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, Swarthmore Asian Organization, March 28, 2015.
- “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Past, Present and Future,” Panelist, Service Employees International Union Headquarters, March 19, 2015.
- “Networking in Your Power and Authenticity,” Opening Ceremony Speaker, 25th Annual Washington Leadership Program (WLP), Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), June 18, 2014.
- “Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women,” Workshop Facilitator, Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), March 22, 2014.
- “Get Sparked! Ignite your Career Passion,” Workshop Leader, East Coast Asian American Student Union, February 23, 2014.
- “Revisiting the Beginning,” Panel Moderator, Harvard Law School, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, February 22, 2014.
- “Your Career: Get in the Driver’s Seat,” Workshop Leader, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Annual National Conference, Harvard Law School, February 22, 2014.
- “Get Sparked! Ignite your Career Passion,” Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority and Lambda Phi Epsilon, Boston University, February 19, 2014.
- “SPEAK! Defining our own narratives,” Keynote, Chinatown Beautification Day, Chinatown Youth Initiatives, August 17, 2013.
- “Coalition Building & Community Based Organizing,” Panelist, Congressional Black Caucus Institute Bootcamp, July 18, 2013.
- “Salary Negotiation Workshop for Women,” Workshop Facilitator, Professional Development Series, Women’s Information Network (WIN), January 24, 2013.
- “State of Women in America,” Panelist, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, April 13, 2012.
- “Pipeline Politics: Civic Engagement Toward Social Change,” Panelist, Asian American/Asian Research Institute, City, University of New York, May 6, 2011.
When I read this piece, I felt like I finally met someone who knows exactly what I’m going through. From her relationship with her immigrant parents and her romantic partners to her career paths, she expressed every struggle that I have been trying to overcome- the guilt, the misguidedness, and the self-neglect. Her story shows me that I, too, can heal and prosper. I, too, can make my life about conscious business and unleash my true genius. Gloria’s story is an inspiration.
Her story shows me that I, too, can heal and prosper. I, too, can make my life about conscious business and unleash my true genius. Gloria’s story is an inspiration.
Gloria Chan’s “Leap into Unknown Waters” is both a cautionary tale (conventional success may create a void rather than lead to fulfillment) and an inspirational story (here is how I found myself and created my path). This honest account of Gloria’s real struggles and renewal ultimately leaves us feeling hopeful about our prospects for personal change and even transformation. Reading it is time well spent.
This honest account of Gloria’s real struggles and renewal ultimately leaves us feeling hopeful about our prospects for personal change and even transformation.
While initially we hired Gloria simply to speak as a motivational speaker, her presentation was much more than that. Gloria actively reached into all of us and pulled out what was really meaningful, and further helped us direct our past and present passions into futures in the real world. It all felt natural. I would highly recommend Gloria’s program to anyone looking for their own passions and purposes, or who just wants to build on what they’ve already found in themselves.
Gloria actively reached into all of us and pulled out what was really meaningful, and further, helped us direct our past and present passions into futures in the real world.
As organizers of the 2014 East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) Conference, we invited Gloria to facilitate one of our professional development workshops. The students loved her session, “Get Sparked!”, where they gained insights about their own hidden potential and career passion. She was able to make meaningful connections with each of the participants as she helped them pinpoint their gifts, talents, and motivations. Gloria was very professional and a delight to work with. We hope to engage with her again for future events!
The students loved her session, “Get Sparked!”, where they gained insights about their own hidden potential and career passion.
At the Conference Career Workshop, life coach and leadership consultant (and former HLS APALSA Conference Co-Chair) Gloria Chan, ’05 led an interactive workshop which allowed participants to explore their life and career goals. Gloria began by telling participants about her own career journey, which has included work in the U.S. Congress, a stint at the head of a national Asian American non-profit, a brief foray into the music world, and finally starting her own consulting business. Participants were then encouraged to discuss their own fulfilling experiences in order to better understand their core life values and desires. The workshop was truly inspiring and gave participants an opportunity to take a step towards finding direction in their careers.
[Gloria’s] workshop was truly inspiring and gave participants an opportunity to take a step towards finding direction in their careers.
I reached out to Gloria to see if she would volunteer her time and expertise to put on a Salary Negotiation Workshop for a group of college women we were hosting in Washington, D.C. for our Leveraging Communication, Social Media & Technology for Policymaking Seminar. One of the goals of every PLEN seminar is to develop our students’ professional skills in order to give them a strong foundation upon which to start their professional careers after graduation.
For many young professionals, the idea of negotiating a first salary is out of the question, but our goal at PLEN is to provide our students with the confidence and skills to ensure they begin their careers on a strong foothold. That’s where Gloria came in. Encouraging our students to reflect upon what they’re bringing to the table, explaining how to acquire the background knowledge needed to negotiate well and laying out the best strategies to conduct a successful salary negotiation, Gloria laid out a strong foundation for our students to build upon with practice.
Gloria was engaging, dynamic and truly interested in helping our students develop these professional skills. We were lucky to have Gloria join us and I am pleased to recommend Gloria and her expertise to anyone looking to build, develop and strengthen their negotiation skills, regardless your professional level.
We were lucky to have Gloria join us and I am pleased to recommend Gloria and her expertise to anyone looking to build, develop and strengthen their negotiation skills, regardless your professional level.
Gloria was an enthusiastic and engaging speaker and the women in attendance came away with confidence and a sense of purpose. One of the most profound lessons most of the women took away from Gloria’s talk was the need to practice – that no one just knows how to negotiate their salary.
They were able to take part in an interactive role play where participants could practice reviewing their accomplishments, skills, and goals to mock supervisors. Gloria provided constructive feedback for each scenario. She put everyone at ease and made learning about what is often a very tense subject a natural and easy experience in a safe space.
We were very impressed with Gloria’s ability to convey what could be very complex information to participants in a straightforward way that provided a blueprint for future salary negotiations. This method not only endeared Gloria to the group, but also lent credibility to the Professional Development Series as a network that went above and beyond to provide the best information to WIN members for advancing their careers. Gloria repeatedly said that confidence was crucial for negotiating salary and it was obvious that following her presentation, a room full of women left feeling confident and well-assured. Coming away from the conversation, every person – including us, the event organizers – had a clear understanding of the value of a life coach and many of us felt compelled to invest in one-on-one services with Gloria.
Gloria was an enthusiastic and engaging speaker and the women in attendance came away with confidence and a sense of purpose.
We asked Gloria to speak on our annual Women’s History Month Panel in March 2015, under the theme: “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives: Past, Present and Future,” and she delivered! Her impassioned speech about how her mother fought for herself and her family as a refugee of the Chinese Cultural Revolution helped bring the past lives of women like her mother into focus in our present. By interpreting the theme in a personal way, she encouraged the audience to think about how women of their past and present help to shape their future selves. She left a lasting impression when she called on our audience members to do, act and work in ways that stemmed from their own personal needs rather than what others, or even themselves, thought they should be doing. Gloria took our theme to heart and because she spoke from the heart, the audience responded.
She spoke from the heart, and the audience responded.
It was a privilege to hear Gloria speak! The energy and passion she resonated through her words and was just so inspiring!