Kwong Yue Yang

Meet Kwong Yue Yang Even before joining Own The Room, Kwong was no stranger to public speaking. An active Toastmasters participant, Kwong has moved up to the World Championships twice, each time taking 2nd place globally (although he is determined to eventually win first place). He has spoken at events in China, Japan, Korea, Hong […]

Amy Wong

Meet Amy Wong With her curious mind and transcendental nature, Amy feeds her soul by empowering others to accomplish goals they never thought possible. Over the past eight years, Amy has successfully coached hundreds of individuals, leaders, entrepreneurs and executives in start-ups, the tech sector, universities, and non-profits. A mathematics major from UC Berkeley, Amy […]

Marie Wedderburn

Meet Marie Wedderburn Ever since 6th grade speech class, Marie has loved communicating ideas and making them come alive for others to demonstrate how people can add value to their lives. She was drawn to Own The Room’s methodology because it is fast, fun and effective. Marie has over a decade of experience working with […]

Katie Wake

Meet Katie Wake Katie has a gift for taking complex professional subjects and breaking them down into pieces that people understand. Her clear, concise and engaging coaching style has allowed her to help senior leaders at top companies worldwide command the spotlight. Katie has always been interested in what happens behind the scenes to make […]

Katja Van Koten

Meet Katja Van Koten We call Katja a Coach, but she calls herself a facilitator, giving others the space, positivity, and feedback they need to find their own unique strengths. That supportive approach was influenced by something a fellow coach once said to Katja: “We always look at our perceived weaknesses and try to make […]

Salvatore Manzi

Meet Salvatore Manzi As a child watching his father speak at conferences around the country, Salvatore learned firsthand how one person’s vision can inspire others. It certainly inspired him; from communications coaching and team-building, to mindfulness and leadership, he’s spent over two decades helping others find their authentic voice and potential. After receiving his BS […]

Jessica Wong

Meet Jessica Wong Jessica’s quest for effective communication began when she was just 22 years-old. In her final presentation during her management trainee program at IBM in London, she found her voice shaking, mind racing, and shoulders hunched. Rather than shying away from public speaking, the experience inspired her to improve and go onto helping […]

Kawanzaa King

Meet Kawanzaa King Kawanzaa describes herself as a “coach, connector, cultivator, and creative.” She’s worked across sales, technology, broadcast journalism, and entrepreneurship, but those ideas, paired with genuine curiosity, have fueled every facet of her career. She sees everything she does, whether it’s building customer relationships or coaching professional women, as a chance to share […]

Monique Edwards

Meet Monique Edwards When you meet Monique, you wouldn’t believe she spent the first 30 years of her life dreading public speaking. As a corporate attorney and pastor, she can confidently capture the attention of almost any audience. But it’s precisely her own journey from fear to excellence that inspires Monique’s work now. Whether working […]

Nandi Shareef

Meet Nandi Shareef When she was in elementary school, Nandi Shareef took the stage at a community celebration to recite Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.” As she made her way toward the end of the poem, she suddenly forgot the words. But with encouragement from the crowd, she finally got her bearings and finished the […]