Connecting Ideas and People…through stories, writing, and activism.

Inspiring Activism & Actions…
…Connecting Ideas and People.

“Loung was not only an outstanding speaker but also extremely skilled in shaping her passion and commitment to the theme of Seattle Human Rights Day. The audience was riveted to their seats during her presentation and there were few dry eyes in the house.” ~ Germaine W. Covington, Director, Seattle Office for Civil Rights


Resilience: The Key to Bouncing Back Faster and StrongerOrdinary Citizens, Extraordinary Leaders: How We Can All Transform Our Community

The Power of Narratives: Why Rewriting Your Story Will Change Your Life

The Art of Memoir Writing: 7 tools to bring your story to life.

First They Killed My Father: a Netflix Original Movie discussion + Q&A

Never Silent: An Eyewitness Account of the Cambodian Genocide

Lucky Child: A Refugee’s Story of Transformation

Love, War & Survival: lessons from a Cambodian Genocide Survivor on overcoming traumas, finding joys, and standing up against injustices.





Loung was just lovely: gracious, vibrant, a riveting speaker. Her presence drew an audience of 1,500 at our annual fundraising luncheon, setting a new record of attendance.  We greatly appreciated her interest in our work and all the ways she wove it into her interviews and address. ~ Michele Chiuse, Director of Communications, Rosie’s Place, Boston, MA


Keynote – Leaders are made, not born | LEAD Presented By [23:04]
Peace is not a wish. Peace is not something you want, dream of, and wait for others to deliver. Peace is an action. Many, many actions. Whether in one’s heart, community, or world, peace requires our daily actions. With over three decades of experience as a student activist, a professional agent of change working on campaigns to end violence against women, landmines, and child soldiers, Loung explores how we can all lead in our daily lives to make a difference in our world.


Keynote – Together the world is a better place | The Refugee Response Cleveland, OH [8:40]

The keynote speech for the annual benefit was our friend Loung Ung. Loung is a bestselling author, activist, and co-screenplay writer of the 2017 Netflix Original Movie, First They Killed My Father, directed by Angelina Jolie based on her memoir of the same name, now streaming on Netflix in 190 countries.

In Conversation – Choosing Resilience in Traumatic Times [100:00] COVID-19 has blown into our lives quickly and upset every aspect of normalcy. At Omega, we’ve been wondering, “Who can guide us in emerging from such deep trauma?” The first person who came to mind is Loung Ung, survivor of the Cambodian genocide, and author of First They Killed My Father. Join Loung Ung and Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser for a conversation about what it takes to choose resilience, even as we allow ourselves to have our moments of freaking out and grieving for who and what is being lost.

“Loung Ung taught me how to view life in a different way. I realize that I am fortunate to be living the life I live.” ~ Luis Gallego, Student

In Conversation – First They Killed My Father: Angelina Jolie & Loung Ung discuss their film | Women in the World [29:10]

Women in the World founder Tina Brown speaks to director Angelina Jolie and writer Loung Ung about their film, First They Killed My Father.

“Loung connected with students, staff and parents. Her sense of social justice and humanity has touched the minds, hearts and souls of our community. Although she is now gone, her influence will continue to resonate for many people.” ~ Mark R. Boyer, Assistant Superintendent Singapore American School