Model Breakers

Breaking Through Stereotypes
And Embracing Your Authenticity

LivingOS Workshop Host

“Charlene’s personal narrative workshop is an amazing journey from the “why’s” that form the basis of our perceptions and values to how to show up as the best authentic version of ourselves.  32 aspiring undergrads – women and men of color, experienced it at the 2021 Leadership Academy in Tech. Got amazing comments ranging from – “it helped me brainstorm my values and find out why it is important or useful to myself and the people around me,” to “she looked like someone who I can talk to about my life, so I think I participated more than usual.” Many doors were opened in the minds of our students – all the more remarkable, given that it all happened in just a 1-hour workshop!”

— Rati Thanawala, Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Read the book and want more?

Charlene has taught the authentic storytelling technique to 4,000+ Googlers over interactive workshops & fireside (NPS of 96). In 60 minutes, you will learn:

・How to identify your core values
・How to understand how others perceive you

・How to redefine and break the stereotypes
・How to share your story with people that matter

We'd love to help your team tell authentic stories for work & life.

What makes Model Breakers so powerful?

“I started making more connections between where I’ve come from and where I’m going. I’ve had trouble before finding common throughlines in my experiences, but the questions she asked helped me to know myself better.” — Z, Student at UMass Amherst
“Thank you for sharing with TOPPA, absolutely love it! I’m especially inspired by your perspectives of stereotypes, your experiences of speaking up and I love your tip about reframing weakness to strength.” — Ivy Liang, Software Engineer at Google

A new season, food and drink for your soul

I wanted to create a podcast that nourishes your soul. It’s unlike anything you’ve heard before—No intro, script, or ads. Just two amazing humans opening up their minds and hearts to the world wide web.

“It’s rare to see a book that talks so elegantly about America’s deep-seated cultural prejudices but also serves as a hands-on guide to start changing them. Model Breakers could well herald the beginning of a new genre that seeks to not just reveal social problems but also to help people start to dismantle them. That’s something we’ve been sorely missing.

Wang artfully blends moving portraits of real people, unflinchingly honest introspection, probing cultural analyses, and ultra-practical “homework” to create a masterful handbook for hyphenated-Americans like myself, seeking to understand and navigate the cultural maelstrom we find ourselves a part of.

As a fellow hyphenated-American, this book was at once a gut punch, a soul-searching journey, and a call to action. It’s raw, it’s authentic, it’s poignant, it’s bold, it’s forgiving, and it spoke to an ache I could never put my finger on before.

An essential read for anyone, Asian-American or not, who seeks to understand the deep roots of the model minority myth and what we, as individuals and as a society, can do to break it.”

— Neel Mehta, product manager at Google and best selling author of Swipe to Unlock and Bubble or Revolution

About The Author

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Charlene is the founder of LivingOS, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people embrace their authenticity in life. Charlene pioneered the value coaching practice to help entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders find, in twenty minutes, their true values and motivations in life. 

By day she works as a product manager at Google. Charlene received her B.Sc. in applied mathematics, computer science, and economics from Brown University. She resides in the Bay Area and admits to being a bit obsessed with her Alishan golden oolong tea.