Our Why & Purpose

The 2 Khmerican Sisters, Mellissa and Jasmine Nguon, were Cambodian-American Podcasters from the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Occupied Duwamish Territory (Seattle, WA). Mellissa and Jasmine have a passion for social activism, leadership development, and creating inspirational and educational content. As mid- to senior-level working professionals, they wanted to give back in a special way to the PoC communities by creating a digital platform to share important stories and celebrate the unique journeys of diverse community leaders around the globe. Mellissa and Jasmine are motivated to inspire and empower others to find confidence in themselves and their community, and to engage in deeper conversations with those around them.

The mission of the 2 Khmerican Sisters Project is to celebrate our past and present accomplishments and learn from our individual challenges and stories to strengthen as a collective community. Mellissa & Jasmine believes in the power of sharing knowledge and resources to help one another navigate through various life stages (i.e., education, family and career) as well as connect with and highlight multicultural leaders of diverse ages, generations, and backgrounds from all over the world.

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2 Khmerican Sisters have an extensive background championing for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion throughout their personal and professional journeys.

Mellissa chaired the Boeing Diversity & Inclusion Council for 2 consecutive years and won the Culture Change Agent Award at the 2015 Global Equity Diversity & Inclusion Conference. Mellissa is also a Discovery Program Graduate of the Executive Development Institute (EDI) for Asian-American Professionals. She is well-versed at leading and facilitating group discussions as a Program / Project Manager and has served as the Communications Leader for a highly competitive Leadership Development Program called Leadership Next. Mellissa was recognized by the Women of Color Magazine as one of the nation's Technology Rising Stars in 2020. She enjoys serving as a mentor and life coach to young business professionals.

Jasmine earned her Master's Degree in Teaching and endorsements in Elementary K-8 and English Language Learner through the Seattle Teacher Residency program (STR) in 2018. She currently teaches kindergarten at a Title 1 school in Seattle Public Schools, actively reflecting on her personal and teacher identity in order to create equitable opportunities for all students. She is primarily involved in the Race & Equity Team and the Family Engagement Team to fight towards social justice within the school system and within her school community - students, families, and staff. Jasmine also provides mentorship to teacher candidates of color through STR and is a fourth-year member of the Educators of Color Leadership Community through the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

With a combined 20+ years of diverse leadership skills and experiences, 2 Khmerican Sisters is the perfect team to help elevate you and your organization's mission, values, and goals through workshops, trainings, conferences, events or other collaborations.

Some areas we could support may include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading a workshop or team-building event

  • Conducting a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training

  • Serving as a panel member or speaking at your next business conference or event

  • Interviewing us for your business article, school project, etc.

  • Guest starring on your podcast show or other media platforms

  • Promoting your organization and initiatives through our podcast, website, and/or socials