My mission is to help people pursue their dreams and live a life doing what they love.
Like you, I’ve had my fair share of transitions and struggles in my own career. After I started my career as an investment banker, I went to law school and worked at a big law firm in New York City as a corporate lawyer. Even though the paychecks and fancy offices were nice, I couldn’t help but feel that there had to be more to life than just getting a paycheck and living for the weekend.
It is ironic that I started thinking about what it is that I really want to do with my life after I was done getting all the degrees and jobs. I grew up believing that if I worked hard to go to good schools and get good jobs, I would one day end up being happy and successful. And how was it possible that after I worked so hard for so many years and finally achieved what I thought I had wanted, I would end up being so unfulfilled and unhappy?
As I looked around, I realized I was not alone. The world was telling us to “find our passions” but nobody was telling us how to find it. And most of my friends hated their jobs with passion.
In my desperate attempt to find what it is that I really want to do in my life, I started following my curiosities and pursuing interests that I found to be fun and meaningful, even though they had nothing to do with my career.
For the first time in my life, I gave myself permission to do the things that brought me joy even though they weren't going to help me boost my resume to get the next job or get into a better school.
I remembered that my very first childhood dream was to one day have a book with my name on it. Many people including my mom said my dream was impossible and discouraged me from pursuing it, but that didn’t stop me from pursuing and achieving my childhood dream of writing and publishing a book. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life but also one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences.
My book is about stories of people who pursued their dreams and I dedicated the last chapter of my book to the readers to write their own dreams so they can become part of the book. After my book got published, I was surprised to hear from many readers who sent me their dream chapters.
I wanted to help them as many people have helped me to achieve my childhood dream. Therefore, I founded Give One Dream, a community that has become a global movement and inspires many people around the world to pursue and achieve their dreams.
I have learned a lot over the years about what it takes to discover what we truly want, and how to have the courage to pursue them. I have also met many people who really love what they do and are not only successful in their career but also are truly happy and fulfilled in their lives. (This is possible!) And I discovered the commonalities that made them thrive in career and in life.
As I looked back on my life, out of all the things I’ve done, I realized the ones that brought me true joy all had common themes. I learned that they all involved people and stories. I believe stories are powerful in inspiring and encouraging people as I’ve experienced in my own life.
Therefore, I decided to start a podcast and share stories about dreams, courage, inspiration, and creativity.
All my life experiences led me to become a career coach and I help people step out of fear and take action towards doing the work that brings them joy and living a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.
If you are feeling stuck and unhappy in your career, you are not alone. I have been there myself not too long ago. I would love to help you in your journey in discovering what it is that you truly, really want, and how you can take the steps to create a thriving career doing what you love.
If you are interested in working with me, you can contact me here.
Thank you! :)
Celina Lee is a career coach, podcast host, and lawyer, and is passionate about helping people to pursue their dreams and live a life doing what they love. She coaches many professionals on their career development, and has given speeches and delivered workshops in many countries.
On her podcast, Live Your Dream with Celina Lee, she interviews inspirational people from diverse industries about what they have learned in their journeys in life and career. The podcast has listeners from more than 60 countries around the world.
She is the founder of Give One Dream, a global movement that inspires people to pursue and achieve their dreams. She has collected and shared dreams from people all over the world, and created Live Your Dream coaching program for students in which they experience an inspirational journey of making their dream a reality.
Celina started her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and worked as a corporate lawyer at a law firm, Ropes & Gray LLP in New York City. She worked as the General Counsel and Business Development Director of AKA Study, a startup that develops artificial intelligence engine to create innovative educational services and software.
Celina is an author of an award-wining book in South Korea, “꿈을 이뤄드립니다” (“Live Your Dream”), a collection of life stories of people who overcame failures to achieve success in diverse industries. Celina wrote this book in Korean despite having only attended elementary school in South Korea, and her book was published by one of the best publishers in the country.
As a host of a talk show and a radio show, Celina has also interviewed guests representing a wide range of professions.
She has been invited to speak at many events, organizations, and schools including keynote speech at Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference: Making Things Happen, TEDx, MIT, Stanford University, NYU, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), New York City Bar Association, City University of New York (CUNY), Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Future Leadership Academy in Sweden, World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Association, Consulate General of Korea in Canada, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and Seoul Arts Center.
Celina received her undergraduate degree from MIT and law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She is a certified professional coach and is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).
“Coaching is about connecting with people, inspiring them to do their best, and helping them to grow.”
- Harvard Business Review
All my life experiences led me to become a career coach. I help my clients step out of fear and take action towards doing the work that brings them joy and living a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.
I work with clients to create a vision for their career, and help them to achieve their vision by learning more about themselves, overcoming internal obstacles, providing accountability, and taking action.
Through this process, I help to bridge the gap between their present— where they are now, and their future— where they want to be.
If you are interested in learning more about working with me, contact me for a complimentary first session.
Each session is 60 minutes and can be done in person, on the phone, Skype or Facetime.
"I was so lost in my career and felt so stuck. After having worked in the same industry for so long and doing the job that I hated, I had no idea how I could even begin to think what I can do next, that was different from what I was doing. Hiring Celina to be my coach and working with her one 1-on-1 has been the most important career decision I have ever made. She helped me to become more aware of who I am, what I want, and helped me to overcome a lot of internal obstacles that was holding me back. As a result, I made a transition into a completely different career and I can honestly say I am happy to be waking up and go to work everyday. I would not be where I am without Celina's coaching. Celina has a magical and unique ability to hear you, make you feel understood, and to inspire you to be the best you can be. Her story and background is so inspiring and impressive too. She has shown herself that we can live our dreams and I am so happy I got an opportunity to meet her and work with her." Grace K.
“All too often we find ourselves hesitant or reluctant towards putting faith in our dreams and aspirations. Unleashing our untapped potential is a remarkable gift Celina is able to reveal from within the recesses of our own thoughts. It was a pleasure and a rare privilege to encounter a person so capable of giving focus, motivation and ability to create a clear hierarchy of personal priorities. Albeit having engaged only in a few sessions, her inspiration has lingered on and has most certainly made its effect towards a more conscientious career development. I could not recommend such a talented and resourceful person enough!” Daniel B.
“1-on-1 coaching with Celina was, without a doubt, the single most pivotal turning point in my career and in my business. Celina has a shrewd ability to identify areas of obstacle very quickly and pinpoint their causes. She was fast and extensive with problem-solving and offering options for various operational paths of development. I felt that her vast range of experience in finance, business, and law really gave her a unique advantage and perspective in constructing solutions on a infrastructural level as well as in logistics. What impressed and helped me the most, however, was her ability to analyze and resolve problems in my mentality which were hindering me from achieving what I wanted to achieve. The turn-around in my cognition as a result of our sessions became the most important driving force in the changes I made in my career thereafter. The knowledge I’ve gained from Celina about career development further propelled me to the success I enjoy today. I am immensely grateful to have worked with Celina. She transformed not only my career and business but also led me on a path to becoming the happy woman I am today.” Annie B.
In addition to 1-on-1 coaching, I lead workshops, group seminars, and speak at various events, organizations, companies, universities.
If you are interesting in inviting me to speak at your next event, please contact me here.
My previous speaking engagements include the following.
Keynote speech at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference: Making Things Happen, TEDx, MIT, Stanford University, NYU, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), New York City Bar Association, City University of New York (CUNY), Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Future Leadership Academy in Sweden, World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Association, Consulate General of Korea in Canada, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and Seoul Arts Center.
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