Suzan Nguyen

Be Better, Not Bitter. Suzan Nguyen passionately supports students in growing from bitter to better. She empowers them to identify & embrace their scars to tell their stories.


▪AAPI Focused ▪ Authenticity ▪ Leadership ▪ Mental Health ▪ Motivation & Inspiration ▪ Personal Growth ▪ Resilience ▪ Self-Esteem


▪ Be Better, Not Bitter


About Suzan

Suzan Nguyen is a Life Coach helping people overcome adversity, TEDx speaker, and author of ‘One Arm But Not Unarmed’. At the age of 22, Suzan experienced a life-altering event after a traumatic car accident which resulted in the loss of her right arm. After experiencing depression, hopelessness, and bitterness, Suzan re-learned how to live life and coach herself out of her dark place. Using her story, she inspires others to create joy from within and be better, not bitter. She is the “Chief Happiness Encouragement Officer” for her company BBNB Coaching (be better, not bitter) and has helped thousands to overcome adversity.

Suzan’s Blogs

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

Personal Growth

Promotional Materials

To help you promote your event with Suzan, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials.

Logistical Materials

In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

Suzan’s presentation was a wonderful experience that helped to engage our members and to expand their horizons.  Her presence helped to make our event a great success and her enthusiasm helped make our time together both productive and fun. She was an integral part, and we could not have done it without her.
Tiffany Melkoski

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


Be Better, Not Bitter

Suzan was involved in a traumatic car accident at the age of 22, and as a result of that, her right arm was amputated. She was in the worst place she had ever known. She wasn’t sure if she was going to recover and there were many moments where she wasn’t sure if she would make it out alive. Suzan had to retrain her brain to be positive, to remain resilient and to persevere. It wasn’t easy but giving up and giving in to the negativity was not an option.

In this keynote, Suzan shares her journey with students and teaches them to discover a path where they choose to Be Better, Not Bitter.

She shares her experience in overcoming major adversity and the trials and tribulations that led her to embrace and accept her new reality. Suzan connects with her audiences on a very personal and emotional level as she shares my journey through the darkness of being bitter, and into the light of being better.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how to be vulnerable and recognize, confront and embrace their pain,
  • how to become resilient and to persevere through life’s obstacles, and
  • how to create joy from within which is crucial to living a happier life.