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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.

Career Unicorns - Spark Your Joy Samorn Selim

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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.

    Episode 125: Repost: Network Your Way to Your Dream Job: Career Pivot Strategies with Heather Stevenson (General Counsel of Redcell Partners)

    Episode 125: Repost: Network Your Way to Your Dream Job: Career Pivot Strategies with Heather Stevenson (General Counsel of Redcell Partners)

     
    Feeling stuck in your career? Want to make a pivot but lack the "perfect" experience? 
     
    This episode is for YOU! Join us as we chat with Heather Stevenson, General Counsel at Redcell Partners and former Deputy General Counsel of the Boston Globe Media Partners.  Heather's career journey is an inspiring example of leveraging your network to land your dream role, even with a non-traditional path.
    In this episode, you'll learn:
    - Actionable Networking Tips: Discover how to strategically leverage your network to open doors for career pivots, even if the jobs require different experiences.
    - Transferable Skills Magic: Learn how to showcase the transferable skills from your past experiences and translate them into value for your desired field.
    - Lawyer to Entrepreneur (and Back Again!): Hear Heather's unique perspective on transitioning from a legal career to entrepreneurship and the steps she took to return to practicing law.
    - Hired for Your Potential: Find out how to confidently demonstrate your value and secure your dream job, even without direct experience.
    - Timeless Career Advice: Heather shares a powerful nugget of wisdom for her younger self (and for YOU!) that can be applied at any stage of your career journey.


    Connect with Heather at https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherlstevenson/ or Twitter @HL_Stevenson. 


    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.


    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.


    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.


    Want to work with Samorn?  Send a message at www.careerunicorns.com for a free consultation.

    • 36 min
    Ep. 124: Repost: Breaking into leadership while identifying as a Lao refugee, LGBTQIA2S+, and nonprofit professional of color with Matthew Rizzie (Executive Director at GLCU Foundation for Financial Empowerment)

    Ep. 124: Repost: Breaking into leadership while identifying as a Lao refugee, LGBTQIA2S+, and nonprofit professional of color with Matthew Rizzie (Executive Director at GLCU Foundation for Financial Empowerment)

     
    Do you feel your passion is to make the world a better place?  But you’re unsure of how to build a career out of it? 

    In this episode, we discuss:
    - How the intersectionality of our identities impact our career and life choices.
    - The differences between Ally Wong’s “Jungle Asians” versus “Fancy Asians.”
    - How teachers make an impact, and can change our life path.  
    - Steps you can take to turn your passion of making the world a better place into your career.
    - How to build your career in philanthropy, making a big impact, and also make a good living to support your life goals and needs.  
    - How to use your personal lived experience and professional work experience to provide culturally competent service.
    - What nonprofits can do to increase representation, specifically people of color, in leadership. 
    - Why it’s important to enjoy the journey.


    Learn more about Matthew on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-rizzie-3139403/.


    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.


    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c. 
     
    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.


    Want to work with Samorn?  Send a message at www.careerunicorns.com for a free consultation.

    • 45 min
    Ep. 123: Repost: Daughter of Cambodian Refugees to Managing Counsel: Meyling Ly Ortiz on Finding Your Voice

    Ep. 123: Repost: Daughter of Cambodian Refugees to Managing Counsel: Meyling Ly Ortiz on Finding Your Voice

     
    Do you struggle to speak up at work? Meyling Ly Ortiz, Managing Counsel at Toyota, found her authentic voice and used it to propel her career.  In this episode, we discuss
    - How finding your authentic voice can accelerate your career.
    - How being the daughter of refugees of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields in Cambodia fuels her passion and purpose. 
    - How going to therapy journey of self-discovery, setting boundaries, and achieving success.
    - Why she co-founded the Podium, a non-profit focused on amplifying the voices of Asian American women lawyers. 


    Connect with Mey at linkedin.com/in/meybe or TheMeybe.com.


    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.


    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.


    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.


    Want to work with Samorn?  Send a message at www.careerunicorns.com for a free consultation.

    • 49 min
    Ep. 122: Repost: How knowing your self worth can accelerate your career growth with Jacqueline Lee (Vice President & General Counsel of Flynn Restaurant Group)

    Ep. 122: Repost: How knowing your self worth can accelerate your career growth with Jacqueline Lee (Vice President & General Counsel of Flynn Restaurant Group)

    Are you feeling stuck in your career?  Do you want to be promoted, but you’re not sure how?  
    This week, I'm thrilled to celebrate Jacqueline Lee's well-deserved promotion to General Counsel role at Flynn Group!
    Jacqueline's journey is packed with valuable insights for anyone looking to advance their career. In our latest podcast episode, we delve into:
    - The power of self-worth: How Jacqueline's belief in her value led her to set healthy boundaries and advocate for herself.
    - The sponsor advantage: Why finding a mentor early on can be a game-changer.
    - Qualities that attract sponsors: Discover the characteristics that make someone a standout protege.
    - Privilege and its impact: Jacqueline openly discusses how passing as white has influenced her career.
    - Achieving work-life balance: Learn when to ask for support and prioritize your well-being.
    Ready to unlock your own career potential? Tune in to the podcast episode now! 

    Connect with Jacqeline on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacqueline-lee-a138154/.


    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.


    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.


    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.


    Want to work with Samorn?  Send a message at www.careerunicorns.com for a free consultation.

    • 51 min
    Ep. 121: Repost: Getting promoted to leadership and creating belonging with Komal Chokshi (UC Legal Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Principal Counsel)

    Ep. 121: Repost: Getting promoted to leadership and creating belonging with Komal Chokshi (UC Legal Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and Principal Counsel)

     
    Do you want to feel like you belong at work?  But you haven’t been invited to the table and have been passed over for promotions?  Komal shares:

    - How she successfully advocated for her leadership role as Chief DEI officer.
    - What she learned about her self worth when only the white guys were being asked out. 
    - Why organizations need to stop blaming POC for leaving and look at changing their cultures. 
    - How she and her team created diversity report cards for outside counsel.
    - How finding a mentor is like going on a blind date.


    Connect with Komal at www.linkedin.com/in/komalchokshi/.


    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.


    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.


    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.


    Want to work with Samorn?  Send a message at www.careerunicorns.com for a free consultation.

    • 45 min
    Ep. 120: Repost: 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)

    Ep. 120: Repost: 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)

     
    Do you feel burnt out and need time off?  But you’re afraid employers will see it as a red flag?  Lisa Chin (Intellectual Property Leader & Lawyer at Fortune 500 Company) shares:
    - Why she took a year off to travel and explore what she really wanted from her career.
    - How being candid about why she took time off resulted in her getting an offer. 
    - How she realized her specialty was not a good fit for her, and pivoted into another area. 


    Connect with Lisa on linkedin.com/in/lisajchin and instagram @Iampandathedog.


    Connect with Samorn at www.linkedin.com/in/samornselim.


    Get a copy of Samorn’s book, “Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic Depressed Insomniac Lawyer” at https://tinyurl.com/swpc578c.


    Get weekly career tips by signing up for our newsletter at www.careerunicorns.com.


    Want to work with Samorn?  Send a message at www.careerunicorns.com for a free consultation.

    • 47 min

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76 Ratings

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Great content!

I loved the episode featuring Jennifer Franklin! Great conversation and information.

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A Must-Hear for Any Professional

Absolutely love this podcast! This podcast showcases fresh voices (especially from minorities) in the professional world that we've been long waiting to hear. It is loaded with insights on how to navigate being a professional when that world intersects with unspoken issues about mental health and being a minority. Samorn is unafraid to open up about her vulnerabilities and to ask her guests deep questions that many are too afraid to ask but need to hear. It is in this way that she shows her fierceness and strength, and that we can do the same. I highly recommend it!

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Very applicable

Love this! Samorn is fiercely competent and is able to carve out a name for herself in her world. I love that she’s taking the time to share this knowledge

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