How to Book Me

 

I speak because when we tell our stories, we set others free to tell their own.

I tailor my own journeys of courageous, life-changing curiosity to my audience’s experiences, interests, and needs — whether it’s a talk, speaker panel, interactive workshop, keynote address, or so on.

Based in the Boston area, with a heartfelt, humorous, and interactive speaking style, I share stories about curiosity as a science-based and transformative tool — for dialogue, mental health, self-love, and more.

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As a member of SpeakOUT, America’s oldest LGBTQ+ speakers’ bureau, I’m trained in using storytelling, and an “ask anything” Q&A format, as tools for engaging and transforming audience attitudes.

Popular topics:

  • Educating about Asian American history

  • Empowering people to own and define their identities (women, minorities, and disabilities)

  • Facilitating dialogue across disagreement

  • Creating resilience and support for LGBTQ+ youth

  • Fostering mindfulness for mental health

  • Guiding journeys of self-development, especially after spiritual abuse or fundamentalism

My Heart Stories include:

  • 4 years’ work as a student activist, creating the forthcoming Asian American + Pacific Islander Studies at Brandeis

  • Learning to embrace my biracial, Asian American identity

  • Recovering from mental illnesses such as Situational Mutism and eating disorders

  • Coming out to Chinese Baptist, non-affirming parents

  • Learning to thrive after leaving the cult-like Christian community in which I was born

 
 

What event organizers are saying

Max has a compelling story to tell, and keen insights to offer. We and our event audience much appreciated her vivid, gripping account of her life experiences and transformations, and how she addressed sensitive subjects with an open mind and a sense of humor. She is an asset to the secular movement, and we wish her the best for the success of her initiatives therein.
— Sohan Dsouza, 2019 President of the Secular Society of MIT
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Watch my talk on how curiosity transformed me from born-and-raised, street-preaching Evangelical to an out-and-proud queer humanist…

In the Secular Society of MIT’s “Out and Out” speaker series

We wanted to thank you again for coming to speak at APAHM! Your performance did a wonderful job educating people about [Asian American and Pacific Islander] history and issues. You are a powerful speaker and we were so happy to have you. Thank you again for coming to our show and for helping us reach our dream!
— Jennifer Taufan, 2019 Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Coordinator at the Brandeis Asian American Student Association
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Speaking at Brandeis Cantonese Club’s 2019 Culture Show on how curiosity about my family’s history has empowered me to embrace myself as queer, biracial, Chinese American, and enough

Speaking at Brandeis Cantonese Club’s 2019 Culture Show on how curiosity about my family’s history has empowered me to embrace myself as queer, biracial, Chinese American, and enough