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Hi, I'm Suzanna
Founder of SPARKD

asian american life coach

Coaching Qualifications

ICF offers the most globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners. ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who have met stringent education (125+ hours) and experience (500+ hours) requirements and have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession.

Achieving credentials through ICF signifies a coach’s commitment to integrity, understanding and mastery of coaching skills, and dedication to clients.


About ICF coach certification

asian life coach

This is my Story

I'm 1.5 generation Korean-American, hailing from Long Island & Korea. After graduating from Fordham University, I was on my way to NYU medical school until I wasn't. Instead, I attended William Esper Studio's Conservatory program & Upright Citizen's Brigade in NYC. I immersed myself in everything from acting, standup comedy, improv, screenwriting, dance...& more.

By day, I worked in a variety of fields from finance, medical research for NIH, marketing, real estate, corporate, being promoted in corporate, more corporate...& consistently found myself coaching myself & others through "it". "It" being the "9-5" grind, zero balance/harmony, studying for grad/law/business school, glass ceilings, intersectional oppression, market crashes & all sorts of other challenges.

Although I appreciate those experiences as they have brought me to where I am today, I realize that I was chasing my need for fulfillment + purpose with no real success. I had checked off all the boxes (the degree, career, paycheck, social circle, etc) but something was missing. Enter diving deeper into coaching, therapy, yoga, research, trial & error. I upended the world looking for something that ultimately I found within myself. Turns out, I just needed access to the tools to help me.

Coaching, mentoring & tutoring have always been a part of my life. I think it all started with me serving as an English tutor to my cousin during summer break (I proved more effective than their ESL tutor). 1 or 2 of my clients have even grown with me as I started tutoring them in high school, adding on mentoring in college and life/leadership coaching over the years.

Growing up in a small town, I often found myself sitting on the sidelines wondering why I wasn't like everybody else. After struggling to feel like I genuinely belonged for most of my life (twisting myself so I could fit familial, societal & systemic expectations), I decided it was time to break free from my limitations and step into the person I was meant to be - confident, free and inspired to live the life I've always imagined.

Now I've turned my transformation into an easy-to-follow system that anyone can use to unlock their potential and start enjoying life like never before. My truth: Life/biz should be FUN! Or else why the hell are we all here?!

I founded SPARKD1 Coaching to help ambitious yet unfulfilled high-achievers who know there is a better way to lead & live...their way & on their terms. I partner with modern leaders to live & lead with authenticity, clarity and purpose...Further developing their unique voice to evoke positive change. The result is a fully inspired life.

You see, I discovered there’s a huge difference between being good at what you do and doing that while standing in your truth, coming from a place of deep authenticity with intention. Speaking your truth. It’s a world of a difference. Let's partner together to elevate your next chapter in life. Your way.


 Whole Person Coaching    Executive Function   Leadership Development    Archetypal Systems   

 Somatic Psychology    Meta Learning   Positive Psychology    Mindset Shift    Life Design & Strategy   

Work Experience



Empowering high-achievers to beat burnout, manage overwhelm + rekindle their spark to thrive on their terms. Designing sustainable inspiration.


Real Estate



Moody's Analytics

The Economy. Credit Ratings.

Deeper in the Past

Morgan Stanley

Global Finance.

Beginning of Time

NYU Langone Medical Center

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Sometimes, I hold virtual Korean cooking workshops which are gaining popularity amongst my social circle. Cooking healthy, spectacularly delectable meals has become my main hobby & sport of choice.

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