Written by Codie Sanchez Baker
It all started with a little girl named Nomi. This little girl had been through things one can hardly imagine halfway across the world. Thankfully she met Diana Mao and Diana instead of continuing on her lucrative and successful track as a consultant became the President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network. She saw children being sold into slavery in Cambodia and she said enough. What does that mean? Well Diana is a modern day gladiator. She’s an abolitionist whose mission is to ensure the complete end of human trafficking in her lifetime. This small of frame, but not of mind, human rights champion and I talk about:
- The moment her life changed
- How she manages international teams across multiple countries
- All while contributing to Reuters, HuffPost
- Also being a Presidential Leadership Scholar
- How to create a non-profit in a way that makes an impact and is sustainable.
- What makes a successful partnership
- How to handle international crises.
Her story is the kind that gives you chills. AND inspires you to do more.
I dare you to read their origin story and not be inspired…
“Nomi Network’s namesake is an eight-year-old survivor of sex trafficking who now lives in a supportive partner shelter in Cambodia. Co-founders Diana Mao and Alissa Moore first met Nomi on a visit in 2008. As a child living in a rural village, Nomi was sexually abused by multiple perpetrators and was treated worse than an animal. She has physical scars, but also emotional scars from her abuse which will pose major challenges to her living independently and reintegrate back into society. Nevertheless, Nomi has grown into a beautiful young woman, with a warmth that’s contagious and a generous heart. It was through her friendship and resilience that we realized that she did not have to be defined by her past, but that she could be defined by her future. Nomi Network exists so that survivors will be able to say with confidence, know me, know my story, know my success.”
So if you are searching for meaning, impact, a life to help or a change to make this is the episode for you.
So without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Diana Mao.