sujin lee, she, her
“All that you touch you Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God Is Change.” Octavia Butler
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated with my family to Baltimore, Maryland, when I was a young child. I identify with all the queer, radical, spiritual creatives who are making radical, creative, and joyful change. I’m the proud uhmma/mama to a young, active child and have made my home in Oakland, California for almost 20 years.
My experiences working as a domestic violence advocate as a young adult taught me the many ways that state responses to violence can cause harm and fed a deep hunger to support others to develop their leadership and transform the material, social, and emotional conditions of their communities’ lives. In my 20+ years working in social justice movements as an organizer, facilitator, program developer, trainer, coach, consultant, and advocate, my North Star has been growth, learning, healing, and impact. Becoming a certified coach changed my life. It allowed me to look at my life story with gentle, compassionate eyes and write a more powerful story aligned with my purpose and gifts.
My intuition is my deepest strength – whether it is in working with groups or individuals, I tend to get information about what questions to explore more deeply and where to shine a light on issues or areas that need attention. I work and live to grow the conditions for radical inclusion and belonging; deep community and individual transformation; hope over despair; working hard while having fun and laughing as much as possible; moving forward and taking needed time to slow down; leading with deep and radical love. Our world is changing so quickly and demands that we show up fully with all parts of ourselves. I envision diverse movement leadership that that builds loving bonds each step of the way, that experiments and innovates, that is able to reach a critical mass of people from all walks of life, that centers the leadership of the people whose leadership we most need and not always recognize, that embraces best practices and tools as well as connects us to our common humanity and sustainable ancestral practices.
My friends would say that I am caring, silly, and a deep thinker. My partners in coaching and consulting describe my approach as supportive, impactful, and creative. They say that I can understand and easily assess complicated organizational dynamics involving power and privilege, that I bring a passion and commitment to supporting leaders of color that is clearly rooted in my own experiences, and that I bring a calm, grounded, and powerful energy. If we work together, you can expect deep reflection and access to a wide range of tools and resources in a container of unwavering support and gentle accountability.
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