Content warning: trauma
On the list of topics that I wanted to cover on my podcast, dealing with trauma was one of the most challenging to do as it would require someone who would be open and ready enough to share their past on our platform. Serendipitously, I had the honor of interviewing Due Quach, author of the viral Medium piece, “Poor and Traumatized at Harvard” and founder and CEO of Calm Clarity, a program that dedicates itself to showing us “how to control negative urges, deal with toxic stress, and overcome adversity by tapping into the true potential of our brain.”
“Master mind-hacking with Harvard graduate, non-profit founder, and social entrepreneur, Due Quach in CALM CLARITY: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy (Penguin/TarcherPerigee; Trade Paperback Original; ISBN-13: 978-0143130970; 384 Pages/$17.00; May 15th). Part memoir, part guidebook, Due's personal healing journey from PTSD inspired her to develop the Calm Clarity program that corporations and universities across the country are now using to help stressed out employees and disadvantaged students like Due. It is chock full of science-based tips, tricks, and activities to improve your brain, and the Vietnam refugee and Philadelphia native leads readers from the destructive natures of Brain 1.0 and 2.0, to Brain 3.0, or what she defines as the ultimate calm clarity.”
A refugee from Vietnam and a graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton MBA program, Due Quach overcame the long-term effects of poverty and trauma by turning to neuroscience and meditation. After building a successful international business career in management consulting and private equity investments, Due traveled throughout Asia to study various contemplative traditions and then created the Calm Clarity Program to make mindful leadership accessible to people of all backgrounds. She’s also the author of the new book Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy.
Due also founded the Collective Success Network by convening first-generation college students and professionals to create innovative approaches to address the challenges faced by first-generation college students from low-income communities.
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