Samorn Selim

Authentic | Vulnerable | Transparent


Founder & Creative Joy Director

I am the daughter of illiterate Laotian refugees. Growing up on welfare, I worked my butt off to get out of the ghettoes of Stockton. I graduated from Berkeley Law, landed a 6-figure job with a big law firm in my mid-20's. I had always assumed checking off boxes of big achievements for my resume would bring me happiness.

I was wrong.

I was miserable. I woke up filled with dread every morning wanting to change but didn't know how. I felt too overwhelmed, anxious, and stuck.

After working with my career coach, I reconnected with what brought me joy. Within 3 months, I transitioned to my dream job, coaching law students and alums at Berkeley Law.

Through my work at Berkeley, I discovered my mission to make the world more diverse and inclusive by supporting women of color and first generation professionals.

Since then, I have created my own companies Samorn Selim Coaching and now Career Unicorns. I have successfully worked with over 1,000 clients who want to make a positive impact in the world to land dream jobs, be promoted to leadership positions, negotiate 6 figure salaries, and develop a book of business.

I have been a keynote speaker at Google, Autodesk, Wilson Sonsini, Paul Hastings, UC Office of the President, the National Association for Law Placement, Dress for Success, Lao Student Conference, and other organizations on hot topics including: developing your signature personal brand, managing cultural code switching, and sponsoring women of color and first generation professionals.

I am a board member of the American Bar Association Career Center, and have provided pro bono career coaching to first generation college and undocumented students for the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and the New Leaders Scholarship.

I have been published in The Recorder, The Daily Journal, American Bar Association, and The Transcript (Berkeley Law's alumni magazine). My book, "Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic, Depressed, Insomniac Lawyer" will be released in March 2019.

Select Speaking Engagements

Authentically You: Taking Charge of Your Personal Brand
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Spark Your Career Joy
American Bar Association
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Turning Vision Into Action
UC Berkeley Next Opportunity at Work (NOW) Conference
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Make It Rain: How To Develop Business Without Feeling Icky
American Bar Association
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Leading And Managing Diversity, Inclusion, And High Performance
American Bar Association
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Turn Your Interviews Into Offers
Golden Gate University, School of Law
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Key Strategies For Managing Student Loans And Other Debt
American Bar Association
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Legal Ethics And Risk Management
American Bar Association
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Finding The Right Fit: Creating A Career You Love
ABA Journal in partnership with Legal Talk Network
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Publications & Media

The Transcript
An Alternative Pathway To A Dream Job Destination
Read article here

Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law
What Does Your Name Say about You - The Eighth Circuit Undercuts Name Association Discrimination Claims in EEOC v. Trans States Airlines
Read article here

The Recorder
Who’s Going Bat For Your Career
Read article here

The Daily Journal
It’s Not A Sign Of Weakness To Ask For Help

Mental Health America
My name is Samorn. And I have depression.
Read article here

Above The Law
Legal Podcasts: The Perfect Valentine
Read feature here


Belonging: Self Love Lessons From A Workaholic, Depressed, Insomniac Lawyer (March 2019)