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Beyond the Couch Ep 39: Failing My Way Forward and Embracing Career Changes with Cynthia Pong

This week, Diana chats with Cynthia Pong (@embracechangenyc) about how to move forward with a career change, how career coaching has changed over the years, and the importance of trying new things and embracing failure as progress. They also discuss the ways in which we’ve been socialized in western society to prioritize individualist thinking over community or seeking help, as well as how an Asian upbringing might inform one’s approach to career aspirations.

Cynthia Pong (she/her), JD, is an award-winning career coach, speaker, and author of Don’t Stay in Your Lane: The Career Change Guide for Women of Color. An NYU-trained lawyer turned career coach, she’s on a mission to get women of color the money, power, and respect that they deserve. Connect with Cynthia through her website or on Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

Although applications for Cynthia’s Embrace Change leadership accelerator have closed for the fall, those who are interested can apply for the 2023 cohort at

Stay tuned for a giveaway of Cynthia’s book, Don’t Stay in Your Lane on Instagram!

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