Mali Phonpadith is the Founder and CEO of the SOAR Community Network (SCN), Cofounder of the SOAR Community Nebula, Chief C3 Community Builder, TEDx Speaker, #1 International Bestselling author, PI Certified Talent Optimization Consultant, leadership and personal development expert, and podcaster. In 2015, Mali was selected as a Belief Team community partner for the Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network BELIEF initiative. She is a Connectpreneur coach to help business leaders position themselves for funding, growth and expansion.
She has been nominated for several awards including Heroines of Washington D.C. Award by the March of Dimes and twice for the Women of the Year Award by NEW – Network Executive Women. She was awarded the iBoss Navigator award in 2018 for her work in helping small businesses message their mission and soar to success. She is a community champion for several local non-profits. She is the Founder of the SOAR Community Summit and producer/host of the SOAR Community Podcast and Tea with Mali TV show.
Mali is a four-time author, including A Million Fireflies, her memoir about her voyage from war-torn Laos to America. She coauthored Seen and Sustained: Best Practices in Communication that Increase the Visibility of Small and Diverse Businesses, a professional workbook for small businesses. In 2017, Born to Be Me, a compilation of authentic stories from 19 international female authors, made Amazon’s #1 International Bestseller List. In 2018, The Balancing Act, also made the #1 International Bestseller List.
She has shared her insights at The Library of Congress, Smithsonian, University of Maryland, George Mason University, SAIC and other national venues. Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Better Business Bureau (BBB) Trusted Magazine, BBB Podcast, Advisor Today Magazine, Asian Fortune Newspaper, WJLA DC, Radio Free Asia, WHUR Radio, Voice of America, and numerous blog talk radio programs.