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Princess Sarah Culberson
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Princess Sarah Culberson

    • Princess of Sierra Leone, Humanitarian, and Educator
    • Author of "A Princess Found" which is being adapted into an upcoming movie from Disney
    • Co-Founder of Sierra Leone Rising
Full Bio
In Person-Fee 🛈

$20,000 - $30,000

Virtual Fee:

$15,000 - $20,000

Travels From

California

Virtual Reel

Virtual Reel

Better Together Keynote

Better Together Keynote

Speaking Demo

Speaking Demo

Princess Sarah Culberson Interview on Tamron Hall

Princess Sarah Culberson Interview on Tamron Hall

Princess Sarah Culberson Speaker Biography


Princess Sarah Culberson has an extraordinary journey that has been featured on CNN, GMA, BBC among numerous other publications worldwide which has trended #1 globally in over 60 countries. She is an internationally-known thought leader, TEDx speaker, artist and educator whose work addresses biracial and cultural identity and raises awareness of issues impacting Sierra Leone. 

She shared the story of reuniting with her birth father in A Princess Found: An American Family, an African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected Them All, coauthored with Tracy Trivas and published by St. Martin’s Press. A Princess Found is now being adapted into a major motion picture for Disney Studios by award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Allain.

Princess Sarah and her brother, Hindo Joseph Kposowa, founded the non-profit Sierra Leone Rising which provides clean drinking water, sanitary pads for girls, education, medical attention, resources to build schools and technology centers, and more throughout Sierra Leone. Her work in business and technology has led her to create upcoming projects including an animation show with Randy Jackson as well as a Roblox game to connect and educate children about cultures around the world.

She also travels around the world speaking on diversity and inclusion, empowerment, and leadership. All in effort to help people build a better community and culture both in and outside the workplace.

Better Together: How To Build a Culture of Belonging
The landscape of leadership and organizations have changed. Whether in a corporate or volunteer setting, team members want a sense of community and belonging. However, building this kind of culture doesn't happen on its own, rather it’s based on action. Princess Sarah’s keynote is for groups who are serious about recognizing differences and taking on people challenges to solve and innovate.

Princess Sarah uses her personal experience as an adopted child growing up in a bi-racial family, as well as understanding a whole new culture when she discovered that she was a real-life princess in Sierra Leone. In addition to this inspiring journey, she draws from her business side as an entrepreneur (in entertainment and gaming).

In this keynote, filled with stories and value, Princess Sarah covers three areas:

- Embrace your assumptions to elevate yourself and those around you.
- Be willing to get uncomfortable and have the challenging conversations
- Navigate with compassion and use humanity to listen and learn to drive decisions

Building a culture of belonging is more than top-down leadership and operating on the mindset that it’s someone else's responsibility. Princess Sarah focuses on empowering YOU, the individual, to take action and build a tribe that is meaningful, passionate, and sustainable. Princess Sarah customizes her talks for each group based on their needs (in leadership, teams, culture, and D&I).

Diversity & Inclusion: Take Action and Transform
Princess Sarah’s program is more than an inspiring story of discovering her roots of becoming a princess. Sarah works with organizations to customize a message that is right for them.

Sarah has over 10 years+ of working with corporate and education groups on developing successful D&I programs as well as how to have conversations.

With Sarah’s program, groups will learn:
- How to listen to each other, even when you don’t agree
- How to create empathy
- Understand Intersectionality more

Princess Sarah uses her personal experience as an adopted child growing up in a bi-racial family, as well as understanding a whole new culture when she discovered that she was a real-life princess. Along with real personal examples, Sarah provides actionable takeaways based on the needs of the organization.

Princess Found: You are More than Your Title
Raised in West Virginia by her adopted parents, Sarah Culberson had little knowledge of her ancestry. She grew up in a loving, white household, but she had questions about her identity and biracial roots that led her to hire a private investigator. When she began her unforgettable journey to find her family, she never imagined what she would discover or how it would change her life: she was related to African royalty. Her biological grandfather is the Paramount Chief of a village in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and Sarah is considered a Mahaloi, with the status of a princess.

Princess Sarah takes an audience on her journey from princess to humanitarian. She shares that everyone has to earn their title, whether it’s that of being a mother, a company leader, or new team hires. The title alone does not give a person success. Sarah’s talk focuses on core values that attendees can use personally and professionally:

- Build a community and culture
- Embrace diversity and inclusion
- Overcome your fears to live your dreams

From a dancer to princess, to humanitarian (where she co-founded a non-profit, Sierra Leone Rising, to support rebuilding education, public health, and female empowerment), to being an educator (as director of Outreach at the Oakwood School in LA), Princess Sarah uses warmth and humor in her keynote to provide a unique experience filled with stories, images, art, and above all, kindness.

The result of her keynote is a challenge, to all attendees, to make their own discovery of self-identity and transformation.

Fear to Fabulous: Overcoming Fears & Taking on Dreams
In ‘Fear to Fabulous’ Sarah Culberson explores how she achieved her dream of connecting with her biological family: an experience that changed the trajectory of her life for the better. She began her journey faced with the fear of rejection but stepped into a fabulous world where she met her family, connected with her tribe, and accepted the responsibility of supporting those with low visibility. Discovering her heritage revealed a new purpose where she actively works alongside community leaders in order to promote various infrastructure, public health, and female empowerment initiatives throughout Sierra Leone. With both a BFA and MFA in theater, Sarah mastered public speaking and acts as an advocate to campaign for diversity, equity, and  self-discovery.  Sarah inspires others with her experience of how she embraced the unknown and ventured into a wonderful world where she found what she is meant to do in her lifetime.

ONGOING MONTHLY DIVERSITY & INCLUSION PROGRAMS

Below Are Samples of monthly session titles with a brief overview of value for the attendees.

Why Diversity Matters
a. Emphasis on how diverse and supportive workforces foster a greater sense of community and inclusivity
b. The many forms of diversity (race, age, socioeconomic status, etc.)

Crash course of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vocabulary
a. Terminology of DEI that can help with constructive conversations
b. Defining terms and their impact in daily language

“Being comfortable with discomfort”
a. Establishing that a company can only grow from developing a deeper understanding of those who work so hard to support it
b. Breakthroughs happen through discomfort & willingness to learn

“Put yourself in someone’s shoes” / understanding cultural differences
a. Maintaining compassion and mindfulness for others
b. Acknowledging different perspectives

Identity
a. Difference between Race and Ethnicity
b. The many ways in which we identify ourselves / Exploration of it

Implicit bias & Stereotypes
a. How to identify internalized/externalized prejudice
b. Break away from generalizations

Microaggressions
a. Identifying when microaggressions are used
b. Awareness of empowering and disempowering language as leaders in business

Cultural appropriation
a. Understanding appropriation vs. appreciation of cultures
b. Cultural sensitivity

Privilege
a. Define and explore what privilege is and can be
b. Recognizing levels of privilege and how they function in everyday life
c. Privilege is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s important to always be aware of its existence

How to be an Ally
a. What an ally is and how to be one
b. What a difference they make inside of an organization

Racism
a. Defining & exploring race as a social construct
b. Acknowledging the ways in which to combat racism

Discourse about Sessions
a. Conversation with participants about what they’ve learned & how they’ve implemented the previous information sessions
b. What to do from here on out into the future

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June 23, 2023

Princess Sarah was the extraordinarily engaging with our guests at both events. She has a magic about her that touches everyone she encounters!

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

March 14, 2023

Princess Sarah was a phenomenal speaker for our event. Her energy and powerful message resonated with our guests. She is truly inspiring!

Women's Resource Center (WRC)

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