As the daughter of Cambodian refugees, Leang Chung is well versed in firsts. While these challenges could have presented a barrier for Leang, instead they enabled and empowered her to discover a passion from a young age. Leang finds joy in seeing people achieve their goals and has made a career out of uplifting others to find success.
In 1998, Leang took one of her first big steps as she went away to pursue marketing at Johnson and Wales University. Leaving home was the beginning of many first steps that she has taken. Not only had no one in Leang’s family gone away for college, but she was also the first to attend a four-year university. “I was the first to earn a bachelor’s degree. The first to have a white-collar job with an annual salary versus an hourly wage. The first to experience upward mobility in a professional career. The first to become a corporate executive.” This boldness that Leang embodies has pushed her to break boundaries and create a career that inspires her and others along the way.
After nearly twenty years in the work world, Leang decided it was time for her to pursue her true passion in career coaching. When asked what piece of advice she wished she had heard earlier in life, Leang quoted Nelson Mandela: "There is no passion to be found playing small and settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” She then added, “I spent too long playing small.”
To make up for it, Leang founded Pelora Stack, an HR counseling and career coaching company, in the midst of the global pandemic. Pelora Stack is founded to help “underrepresented, early-stage founders and women prepare for their ‘first’”. Leang not only has the ability to transform the lives of individuals that she works with, but also companies as a whole. Her creativity and dedication to the work in which she pursues enables companies to see dramatically positive results. As a testament to dreaming big, Leang is a steadfast reminder that no first is ever too big to chase.