Amanda N. Nguyen is a social entrepreneur, civil rights activist, and the CEO & founder of Rise, a non-governmental civil right organization.
YOUR MOST POWERFUL TOOL IS YOUR VOICE. We are surrounded by stories of injustice around us. It can be overwhelming. Screaming with anger doesn’t get you very far. Making the other side wrong just makes a war. So how can you make a change? You have to come from a place of compassion. Know the result that you want. Stop leading with emotion and try instead to focus on the concrete change you want to make. We live in a democracy- our voice counts. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I discuss how the legislative system works with a powerful sexual assault advocate: Amanda Nguyen. Amanda Nguyen is the founder and CEO of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization. She was the power behind the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, one of 23 bills to pass unanimously through US Congress. She was in Forbes' 2017 "30 Under 30" Law & Policy list and was an invited speaker at the 2017 Women's March on Washington. In 2018, California representatives Mimi Walters and Zoe Lofgren nominated Nguyen for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Amanda was raped in college and soon after learned of the injustices surrounding sexual assault survivors. Instead of getting angry, she made a change. So get ready to learn how you can make a difference by taking political action on Episode 788. Some Questions I Ask: How does someone rewrite a law? (5:00) How were you able to raise two million dollars in the last two years? (19:00) What’s your biggest fear? (31:00) How does someone who has been through trauma get a message across without anger? (37:30) What makes you feel the most loved? (53:00) In This Episode You Will Learn: About the Survivor Bill of Rights that Amanda helped get passed (11:30) How to avoid “activism fatigue” (18:30) The process for passing a bill (22:00) About Work/Life Integration vs. Work/Life Balance (33:00) How to transcend party lines when trying to make a change (40:00)
This week’s guest on Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu is Amanda Nguyen. Amanda is the founder and CEO of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization and the power behind the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, one of 23 bills to pass unanimously through US Congress. In this episode she talks about how to make your goals a reality, what she went through to get the laws changed, and the importance of purpose.   This episode of Impact Theory is brought to you by our sponsors: Wix: Click here to build YOUR website for free: Fundrise: Get your first 3 months of fees waived by going to Butcherbox: Visit to get 20$ off your first order Blinkist. Visit to try out the premium service completely free for 7 days!   SHOW NOTES: How to break down big problems and change the world [3:07] Where to start if you aren’t sure where to begin in order to make your dreams come true [4:34] A tweet can turn into a movement [5:33] How she realized that she had to start changing the law and discovered her North Star [6:08] How to connect to hope in the face of tragedy and how she’s built a movement around hope [7:45] How she was strategic about bringing people together and the tools of deploying empathy she used to make things happen [10:45] How she trains her RISERS so that they don’t face unnecessary division [13:25] How to apply these tools and tactics into your regular everyday life [14:30] Why she wants to be an astronaut [16:48] The “overview effect”: a cognitive shift that takes place when you go into space [17:57] 2 burning questions that she wakes up to every single day [18:56] “It’s built into our DNA that we want to be explorers” [20:18] Why she is so dedicated to helping people establish an empowering frame of reference for their life [21:17] Why she considers herself a “pathological optimist” and actively cultivates optimism [23:03] How to cultivate optimism [24:29] Which traits have allowed her to accomplish everything that she has [25:26] Her unpopular opinion on hard work [25:45] How to be authentic by figuring out what makes you cry [27:25] How to heal after a traumatic event [28:03] Her tips for negotiation, “be like water” [29:20] The only 4 people who have agenda-making authority [30:49] “Learn the system, hack the system.” [31:57] How she deals with adversity by leveraging human behavior [35:03] How she makes a game out of developing new skills in service of her goals [36:25] The magic of narrative training [37:36] The impact Amanda Nguyen wants to have in the world [40:06] PEOPLE MENTIONED: Senator Charles Grassley [30:19] Mitch McConnell [31:20] Bob Goodlatte [31:36] Paul Ryan [31:38]
Amanda Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Rise, joins Kevin on the sideline of the 2018 API Policy Summit in Sacramento, CA. Subscribe: Apple Podcast | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn Support Us...
This week I sat down with Amanda Nguyen, activist, future astronaut and founder of Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual assault. After being raped in college, Amanda discovered just how few rights victims of sexual assault actually had within the criminal justice system. Thanks to Amanda and the work of many others, the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act was unanimously passed in Congress in 2016. In our conversation, we talk about Rise, why no one should ever be pressured to tell their story, and why she still has every intention of becoming an astronaut. It's enough to help even the most cynical cynic believe that anything is possible -- and to always reach for the stars.
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