Princess Sarah Culberson
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Princess of Sierra Leone. Humanitarian. Educator. Author of "A Princess Found". Keynote Speaker on Empowerment, Leadership, and Diversity & Inclusion.
Why Book Princess Sarah Culberson?
- Princess Sarah is a humanitarian and an author; a charismatic, energizing, and engaging speaker who delivers powerful and serious messages with warmth and humor.
- Sarah covers a variety of topics including diversity and inclusion, empowerment, community and culture (in and outside the workplace), education, finding your roots, overcoming your fears to live your dreams, women and girls conversations, and her experience as an African Princess.
Sarah Culberson was adopted one year after her first birthday by a loving, white West Virginia couple and raised in the United States with little knowledge of her ancestry.
In 2004 Sarah took the journey to Sierra Leone to meet her birth father and family and discovered she was considered a mahaloi, the child of a Paramount Chief, with the status of a princess. After going to Sierra Leone and seeing the aftermath of an 11 year civil war she co-founded Sierra Leone Rising, a non-profit to support the community. Sarah shared her inspiring story in a book she co-authored titled, “A Princess Found”. Her story has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, BBC radio, LA Times, Singapore News and many other media outlets. Her passion for education does not stop with Sierra Leone; as Director of Outreach at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, Sarah works daily with middle and high school students.
Princess Sarah travels around the world speaking on diversity and inclusion, empowerment, leadership. She focuses on building a better community and culture both in and outside the workplace.
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Princess Sarah Culberson: Inspiring Keynote Speaker
Princess Sarah Culberson Story: Redefining Royal Activism
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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.
We talk about Diversity and Inclusion, but what does that mean? Is it important? What difference will it make? When we take time to pause, learn from the past, and take new actions, we can create bold impacts that transform organizations.
“Sarah is AMAZING! She did an awesome job at both events relating both to young girls and to the older donor crowd at night. Everyone loved her and loved hearing about her incredible journey. Sarah is passionate and genuine — just a wonderful person and we loved having her as our guest speaker!”
— Bethany Christian Services
“Although I knew Sarah had an interesting story and that she was a seasoned speaker, I could not have anticipated how compelling and impactful her presentation would be. The room was completely captivated as she walked us through her personal story of discovery, self identity and transformation. Her speaking style is incredibly engaging and her topic spoke to us in a way that made us take a moment of personal reflection and purpose. I would recommend her for a talk to any group.”