Women’s Sexual Empowerment and Dating Coach.
Born and raised in California as a first generation Vietnamese American woman, Ann has lived her whole life following two main things: her curiosity and her urge to question everything with “but why?”. These curiosities and questions have led her down a dynamic path from graduating with a B.S. in Neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to working in data and HR at Google, to working with top YouTube creators to grow their brands and businesses on YouTube as a Strategic Partner Manager.
Most recently, she’s trained at the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality to embark on her latest endeavour – becoming a sexual empowerment and dating coach. Her work is in service to changing the way that women relate to their pleasure and rewriting the narrative of sexuality in our modern times. Through her coaching and her upcoming programs, she reconnects women to the power of their sexuality and facilitates deep transformation for sexual reclamation.
What does diversity mean to you?
Diversity to me means representation and reverence for all of the voices and lived experiences that exist in our world. It’s about honoring how different life paths affect how our common culture is lived and felt – and honoring those experiences with depth and care. It’s about being crucially aware of which voices have become powerful through a long-standing history of force and which ones have been marginalized for centuries, and taking action on restoring balance to who is heard in our world today.
Why do you care about diversity?
I care about diversity because I care about the people who don’t see themselves as worthy of the things privileged people do – because of the histories of oppression and trauma that their lineages have faced. For example, in the realm of personal development and sexuality, there are so few POC leading and paving the way to show other POC that thriving and being sexually vibrant are possible. It’s important to create diversity in all fields because it opens up the path to possibility for so many people. I also care because a lack of those voices keep us a society behind – in innovation and in our humanity. It paralyzes progress.
What is one thing you wish you knew five years ago?
One thing I wish I knew is a how important it is to be a culture add. I learned this concept from Danielle Leslie. Instead of trying to be a culture fit – it’s about seeing how you stand out and using that to add to our cultural narratives.
For so much of my life I tried to assimilate. What I didn’t see was how important success coming from my background could be to a whole demographic that isn’t represented in my field. Now I don’t see my name – Ann Nguyen – as an SEO nightmare, but rather a beacon of light. Owning my identity as an Asian female sexual thought leader and centering into that as a core part of my brand has been a journey – but it’s elevated my purpose to a level much larger than who I am, and for that I’m both terrified and extremely grateful.