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Press Release: Personal Transformation - Claudia Chan Triumph at Speaker Slam®

Jun 29, 2023


Breaking Barriers and Empowering Asian Voices: Claudia Chan's Triumph at Speaker Slam®, North America's Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition

Claudia Chan won a $10,000 prize package beating out 9 other competitors in front of an audience of 200
at Lula Lounge, Toronto on June 27th, 2023 at Speaker Slam®!



Claudia Chan, a renowned life coach, emerged as the victor at Speaker Slam's "Personal Transformation" competition on June 27th, 2023, at Toronto's iconic Lula Lounge. Chan's powerful speech centered around her journey of overcoming societal expectations as an Asian woman, resonating deeply with the audience and securing her the $10,000 prize package. [Recap video of Event]

In her inspiring address, Chan courageously shared her personal struggle with balancing her dual identity as an Asian woman. She recounted a pivotal moment in 2015 when she faced a heart-wrenching decision between her own happiness and her mother's disapproval of the man she loved. Chan's words shed light on the internal conflict she experienced and the ultimate realization that prioritizing her personal growth and fulfillment was essential. She chose love. [Video of her speech]

"This is a timely story that resonates with the experiences Asian immigrants go through," expressed Dan Shaikh, Co-Founder of Speaker Slam. "We are at a time where people of color are stepping up and sharing their experiences. It's a powerful time for understanding."

As the "Personal Transformation" competition winner, Claudia Chan earned her place in the highly anticipated Grand Slam: Inspirational Speaking Finals on November 18th, 2023, at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio. There, she will compete for a prize package worth $50,000 and the prestigious title of Inspirational Speaker of the Year.

Speaker Slam remains committed to fostering empathy and inspiring positive change through its competitions, contributing to the betterment of society as a whole. Since its establishment in 2016, Speaker Slam has garnered a reputation for amplifying inspirational voices, launching successful speaking careers, and instigating impactful social movements. Past participants have achieved remarkable milestones, including TEDx talks, book deals, viral events, press features, and documentaries.

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Claudia Chan, please contact:

For press inquiries, contact:

Dan Shaikh | Co-Founder & Host

[email protected]




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About Speaker Slam

Speaker Slam® is a leading Speaker Development Agency dedicated to nurturing the next generation of changemakers and thought leaders. The agency is widely recognized for hosting North America's largest inspirational speaking competition, where participants share their life stories to inspire their communities into action. Speaker Slam's track record includes propelling numerous speaking careers, securing paid speaking engagements, TEDx talks, book deals, press coverage, documentaries, and transformative social movements. Additionally, Speaker Slam offers comprehensive training programs empowering individuals to discover their voices and make a lasting impact within their communities through public speaking.


About Dan Shaikh

Dan Shaikh is a show producer and publicist who helps heart-centered entrepreneurs, coaches, and authors get on stage and launch their speaking careers. He has partnered with dozens of viral media companies and his speakers have over 500 million views across global social media. Dan is the host and co-founder of North America’s Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition, which has provided a platform for over 1000 speakers to share their messages of inspiration. His events have helped raise over $10,000 for various charities and have been featured on Global News, Breakfast Television, CBC, and CTV News.

About Claudia Chan

Claudia Chan is a highly respected Mindset Life Coach, International Best Selling Author, and captivating Speaker dedicated to empowering women. With a focus on self-discovery, Claudia helps clients cultivate curiosity, compassion, and courage to unlock their true potential. Recognized for her expertise, Claudia has been featured in prominent media outlets and authored the international bestseller, "Asian Women Trailblazers Who BossUp." Through her transformative coaching, Claudia guides clients to embrace authenticity, pursue their passions, and achieve fulfillment. Claudia Chan shares her perspective and expertise through her blog and Instagram handle,


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