Episode 1: “My Name Is…” with Ja Young Ahn

Our names can encompass the core of who we are. They can also carry our ancestors and ethnicity. For 30 years, Ja Young Ahn went by the name, Lisa. In an act of courage, Ja Young reclaimed her birth name and along with it, a sense of power and belonging.

Ja Young is an organizational consultant and leadership coach. You can learn more about her on her Linkedin Profile


  • The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker (2018)
  • The Name Jar, Yangsook Choi (2003)
  • Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone, Leticia Nieto (2010)
  • “Creating inclusive spaces begins with saying each other’s names,” https://brightmorningteam.com/blog/

Is there someone whose story should be shared on our podcast? Someone who has stepped into their courage and reclaimed a part of themselves? Send me an email: podcast@brightmorningteam.com