Lea Tran

Keynote Speaker

 TEDx Speaker

Transformational Coach
Working with you to 
make the change to break the mold!
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About Lea

Lea Tran is an ethnic Chinese, former "Boat person" refugee from Vietnam. A Villanova University graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, a female scientist, turned successful entrepreneur and business owner in the

Greater Philadelphia Region, where she called

home for thirty-five years.

Lea had brought her story to the TEDx stage and then revealed her harrowing boat journey in her first book,

"I Did Not Miss the Boat- Memoir of a Vietnam Hoa Refugee."  She delivers her powerful message of courage and hope during challenging times in her keynote speeches to inspire her audience to find opportunities in the midst of adversity. She has broken more than one glass ceiling and continues to do so with the God-given privilege of being an American citizen.

From having the "refugee" stigma, Lea morphed to a chemist who synthesized the compound that became a cocktail drug to treat HIV-AIDS in 1998. A successful creative business owner who created luxury

custom drapery for countless homes in the

Mainline area from 2005-2015. 

Extracting from her multi-faceted cultural and life experiences, Lea motivates her audience to bridge the gaps of cultural differences, to take action to break the mold of generational sufferings, and to create 

their own opportunity to thrive.

"May you never miss the boat of happiness in your life!

Be brave, jump off the sinking ship!"

“Lea’s direct, intuitive and compassionate coaching helped me get clear about my story in 30 minutes! As a creative with a million ideas, coaching sessions with Lea grounds me and keeps me focused on one

goal at a time.”  - L.D. NewYork

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Don't Miss Your Boat of Life!  
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"I remember she would tell that story that 10 years later is a TEDx talk"

Edna Valentino

TEDx Speaker

TEDx Riverton

“Explore that journey with Lea, you won't regret it”

“She has such a positive outlook and relatable tale that is universal to anyone"

Jennifer Lynn Robinson

Esquire CEO



“Lea helped me to reflect on my process, to step back from it in order to see the bigger picture of what I am doing and how I am helping others. Her questions allowed me to think about what I do naturally, in order to drill down as I am figuring out how to articulate my brand. I left the conversation feeling energized and excited about my next steps.” – S.W.  of PA

"I Did Not Miss the Boat

- Memoir of A Vietnam Hoa Refugee

I Did Not Miss the Boat is the coming of age story of an adolescent girl who struggled to help her family’s assimilation into a new country while searching for her own identity. From surviving the vast South China Seas, pirate raids, and uninhabited Indonesian islands to surviving high school and family life, Lea Tran did not experience a typical American upbringing.

"Lea brings the experience to life with small details that help us understand how difficult the refugee passage is, both in getting to the United States and in finding a place here.... Read more

"As a public library director, I am always looking for quality books that expose us to diversity. This book was really well written and the story pace will hold your attention. I invited the author to give a virtual presentation for our community. She did a wonderful job and received many kudos on our Facebook page. I strongly recommend this book and the author as a presenter."

"Lea Tran's writing was so descriptive, I could picture myself at the camps with her and her family. I didn't realize how little we knew of the Vietnam refugees. This book was a real page-turner, a real good read and a great history lesson."


Stay in touch.

Phone Number: 610-416-1946    /     Email: lekhanhtran@gmail.com    

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