Lee Oanh Giacalone is your #1 advocate for emotional wellness
Since 2010 Lee has trained with some of the most influential and world-renowned relationship experts and coaching programs, such as:
- Drs. John and Julie Gottman of the Gottman Institute
- Ty and Linda Hatfield of Parenting From The Heart and
- Christy Whitman’s Quantum Success Coaching Academy (QSCA)
Lee’s personal transformation has brought her a life full of joy, happiness and success.
She is married to a loving and supportive husband; has the privilege to call two caring, thoughtful, smart, fun and funny young men her sons and a career that is her passion.
However, life wasn’t always like this for Lee. She has a humble beginning in that She grew up in poverty, war-torn South Vietnam. In 1975 at the age 15, Lee and her family of six left for the United States when the North Vietnamese took over the South. When She arrived, Lee faced the “sink or swim” new life that frequently greets first-generation immigrants.
She lived with an older sister, her American husband, and their newborn baby. Amidst the chaos of blending three generations and two cultures in one household, Lee had to learn a new language, get acclimated to a new school, and make new friends. Three years later Lee graduated high school and became the first member of her family to attend college.
Her early professional years were filled with new challenges. She felt like an outsider trying to fit in, dabbling in banking, door-to-door insurance sales, as a pension analyst, a bartender, and a waitress. She fell in and out of relationships, lacking the skills and tools to negotiate wants and needs and to resolve conflicts.
Ultimately, Lee landed a job as a benefits advisor with a Fortune 100 company. She has since had a 15-year successful career in corporate America. She married a loving husband, and had two beautiful children. She drove a convertible, had a rich social life, physical safety, comfort, and financial security.
She seemed to have it all — but even with all that hard-fought success, she felt disconnected. She felt too Asian to fit into her new socio-economic status, and too Caucasian to fit into an Asian community. And she had been on survival mode since she came to America – working so hard for years on getting acclimated to a new life had left no room for emotional exploration or growth. She is a Certified Parent Educator with Parenting From The Heart, an authorized Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator and a QSCA Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach.
After years of searching for validation from everywhere else but within, Lee started her personal journey to learn how she could fulfil her wants and needs, empower herself, and cultivate a more authentic connection with her husband and children. With the help of a parenting coach Lee learned about the importance of meeting her children’s emotional needs and in the process discovered her own.
With this change in priority and focus She was able to move her family from survival mode into growing and thriving mode. She is now living the life that she once only dreamed of. Lee’s amazing transformation has led her to a career doing what She loves, being of service to the people who are where She once was.
Lee has a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is a Certified Parent Educator with Parenting From The Heart, and an authorized Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator and a Law of Attraction Life Coach.
She is dedicated to bringing a research-based emotional wellness program to help people with cultural differences. Lee wants to work with those who want to turn their differences into strengths, to live an empowered life and to create meaningful connections and rewarding relationships.
Lee’s motto is… “If I could do it, so can you!”