Sam Hyun

Sam Hyun believes that anti-racism work must include eradicating anti-Asian hate to create an equitable and loving community. By amplifying the voices and perspectives of the AAPI Community, he strives to create understanding, social impact, and change.


  • AAPI Focused
  • Civic Engagement
  • Resilience
  • Social Justice
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Motivation & Inspiration


Sam Hyun amplifies the voices and perspectives of the AAPI Community.

Getting to know

Sam Hyun

Sam Hyun was named one of The Boston Globe’s 2021 Bostonians of the Year. He’s been featured in Forbes, Good Morning America, the front page of the Boston Globe, and other publications for his advocacy. He has appeared on the Katie Phang Show on MSNBC, The Boston Globe Today Show on NESN, and Good Things Utah on ABC4 Utah.

Sam was also named among the Top 50 Unsung Heroes by Asian Hustle Network and 40 Under 40 by the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs. He was recently named one of Boston’s Emerging Leaders for the Top 50 Most Influential AAPIs. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Poverty Alleviation and a Master’s in Business Administration focusing on Social Impact, both from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Sam’s approach to speaking is engaging with the audience through authenticity and in a relatable manner, whether that means making complicated and nuanced discussions into understandable content that is lighter on jargon. Or whether that is succinct and to the point, by not beating around the bush and being straightforward with the audience. But most importantly, meeting the audience where they are.

Currently, he is a Keynote Speaker, Co-Founder of 1587 Sneakers, and Director of Government Relations for The Asian American Foundation. He has spoken at Boeing, SkinCeuticals, and Ascend Conference, among many other companies, conferences, and universities.


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Sam Hyun



The Invisible Race

Despite the increase in awareness regarding the AAPI Community, there is more that people don’t understand than do, and despite the stereotypes, the AAPI community is not monolithic. However, many AAPI youth struggle to discover their identity in a country with long “othered” AAPI; this program will provide frameworks to develop who they are as AAPI.

Sam Hyun accomplishes this by laying out critical pillars of AAPI History. The Yellow Peril, Perpetual Foreigner Narrative, and the Model Minority Myth. He takes students through a journey of discovery using historical context, reframing what it means to be AAPI, and where the community currently stands on issues directly impacting the people. In this program, students will learn to understand the intersections of AAPI Identity and the community’s impact in the United States, and find pride in who they are. That the AAPI Community is no longer invisible. We matter, as we always have.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The origins and meaning behind AAPI
  • AAPI history and how we have come to understand what being AAPI means today
  • Where do we go from here, and the next steps the community and allies should take
Impacting Change: Through Politics and Social Movements

Now more than ever, we are seeing the impact and importance of getting involved in the movements for change in politics and social movements. However, where do you even begin? How do you make the change from both inside and outside of government and social movements? This program will take you through what it is like to make a difference by illustrating the truth behind working in politics and social movements.

Students today are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but they are increasingly becoming the changemakers of today. Sam Hyun’s approach is to provide the truth behind what it takes to get involved and make an impact. In this keynote, Sam provides students with insider information and explains the process through knowledge gained from experience. As a result, audience members will be empowered, motivated, and determined to be the leaders we deserve.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The ins and outs of government and steps to get involved
  • About the political process and ways to build social movements
  • How to advocate and make changes through politics and social movements
Breaking Barriers: Going from are you viable to being undeniable

We have all heard of the “glass ceiling”, the metaphor used to explain the discriminatory barriers that prevent women from rising to positions of power or responsibility and advancing to higher positions within an organization simply because they are women. But have you heard of the “bamboo ceiling?”

Asian Americans are more likely to be considered for leadership positions when a company/organization is failing and less likely to be considered when a company or organization is thriving. Additionally, Asian Americans are consistently passed over for promotions and stuck in mid-level positions. However, the truth is Asian Americans have been some of the most outstanding leaders in US history. From Grace Lee Boggs, to Patsy Mink, to Michelle Wu, we have made considerable contributions, and it is long past time that the stereotypes and the bamboo ceiling are broken.

In this program, Sam Hyun, the audience will learn to understand why that is and how they can work to dismantle the discriminatory barriers and identify ways to support their Asian American colleagues.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The bamboo ceiling: What it is and why it exists
  • How to better support your Asian American colleagues
  • Where do we go from here and the next steps the community and allies should take


The following are past entries Sam has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

For Corporate & Non-Profit Clients
For Corporate & Non-Profit Clients
Corporate – Non-Profit – Military Audiences