Me Ra Koh

Keynote Speaker

Find out why Oprah, Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, Disney, Sony and others can’t get enough of Me Ra Koh.  Experience the triumph of pairing creativity with the guts to thrive despite failure and rejection. Through stories and laughter, Me Ra activates courage in her audiences to achieve the impossible.  

Me Ra Koh grew up being told she was worthless and the cause of all her father’s problems. As a freshman in college, she was suicidal and living out of her car in Seattle parking lots. At nineteen, she was committed to a psychiatric ward. 

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Through her gripping stories of challenge and triumph, this bestselling author and master photographer shares the tools she has used each time to navigate the path forward and reach a broader audience. You will laugh, cry, but most of all, you will experience transformation.

One of the tools Me Ra shares is the art of active listening, and how—especially in these divided times—it holds the power for breakthrough understanding and empathy. She also shares strategies for how to stand out in an oversaturated market and for tapping the resilience in your team, your family, and your community to thrive.

Me Ra and her husband and business partner Brian Tausend own FIORIA, a luxury portrait studio specializing in documenting and celebrating resilience in families and individuals in their unique, present moments. They refer to their clients—who travel to their studio in Dallas, TX from across the US—as Rising Phoenixes. They also conduct wildly popular photographic workshops worldwide, from Thailand to Tuscany.

Me Ra spends a fair amount of time in front of the camera, as well. She hosts a daily show that inspires creativity in preschoolers and their parents, on Disney Junior, and she is a recurring guest expert on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Me Ra has written six non-fiction books that inspire the soul and celebrate the art of photography. She and Brian have two children in college and her dad is now one of her biggest fans.

  "As Director of the Sony Artisans of Imagery program, I have many opportunities to work with the most talented artists in the world. Each artist is selected because of their unique strengths. For Me Ra, the list of strengths is very long including her unique ability to tell a story, captivate her audience, and share her compassion. I have had the privilege of working with Me Ra since 2008 on several projects. But my favorites are when I am able to stand in the back for one of her inspirational talks for Sony in the photo industry. From presenting keynotes to a room of thousands or an intimate room of ten, Me Ra always has a special way of connecting and empowering her audience."

-Kayla Lindquist, Director of Sony Artisans of Imagery

  "I had the opportunity to hear Me Ra Koh's presentation "Transforming Culture Through Active Listening" and it was both powerful and life changing. The best part was watching the facial expressions and responses of the other people in the room. Me Ra's presentation not only touched me, it touched everyone.
Easily one of the best presentations I have ever seen."

-Tom Ziglar, CEO of Zig Ziglar Corporation.

Me Ra’s stories transform the discouraged and fearful. She sets in motion the tenacity to push past fear and doubt to achieve the vision her audiences have for their relationships and career. Through engaging keynotes and workshops, she explores these core themes. Below is a sample of her most popular keynotes;

-Beauty Restored: Me Ra's Rising Phoenix Story from a Psych Ward to Disney Host
-Exploring the World and Discovering Human Resilience
-Transforming Your Corporate Culture Through the Power of Active Listening
-Making Decisions with Confidence:  4 Minute Practice to Transform Your Marriage, Family and Career
-7 Proven Stages of Building an Impossible Dream
-How to Shape a Life Narrative of Hope Despite the Pain
-Creating in the Unknown, the Answer to Staying Inspired
-How to Stand Out and Thrive in an Oversaturated Market (Deep Diving into Branding & Messaging)
-The Stage You Can't Post About: Parenting Adolescents and Adult Kids

*All keynotes are tailored for Corporations, Non-Profits, Schools, Churches and Entrepreneurs. Many of these topics are also discussed in her books.

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To learn more about Me Ra Koh as a speaker for your event, please contact her speaking manager; 

Deborah Benson 
Founder. ChangemakerTalent 

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  "Even when speaking to a room of over 800, Me Ra has the ability to personally touch each individual in the audience, presenting a powerful message that hits the heart and challenges the mind. Incredibly genuine in her words and stories, she brought forth both laughter and tears, and attendees left feeling inspired and empowered.  Me Ra isn’t simply a speaker your attendees are sure to enjoy; she’s one you’ll want to take time to experience for yourself."

-Sarah Wilkerson, CEO of Clickin Moms

-First of two women photographers to be sponsored by SONY since 2007

-Go-to guest photo expert for Live with Kelly & Ryan, Oprah's Nate Berkus, and others

-Host of "Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh" on Disney 

-Author of six books that inspire the soul creatively and spiritually

-Me Ra Koh's photography has been exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History, New York; Somerset House, London; and galleries worldwide.

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