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Pacific Oaks alumnus shares the secrets to success at inaugural Human Development speaker series

April 1, 2015

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Published: April 1, 2015

Sarai Koo

Sarai Koo

The School of Human Development at Pacific Oaks College will be holding the first of its Speaker Series events, SPICES: The Key Ingredients to Unlock Your Life Path, presented by Pacific Oaks alumnus Sarai Koo.

Sarai Koo, Ph.D., graduated from Pacific Oaks College in 2006 with a master’s in Human Development and went on to earn a doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Culture and Curricular Studies. Dr. Koo is now a motivational speaker, author, researcher, educator, and community leader who has dedicated her life to helping individuals discover their purpose and prepare for success.

“It’s an honor to share human development theories—SPICES theory and Multidimensional Integration of the Whole Self theory—that were incubated after I graduated from Pacific Oaks College”, stated Dr. Koo. PO has helped me understand what education is and how we should learn; I am indebted to them. I hope the current students will take the PO tradition wherever they go.”

Founder and Chief Visionary at Project SPICES–an education-to-work training center that helps people discover their true identity and purpose–Dr. Koo has mastered a theory, methodology, and approach she refers to as SPICES. Dr. Koo uses SPICES to assist participants in exploring their respective strengths, realizing and releasing hindering behavior, and designing a life plan that fulfills their full potential. This approach has been extremely successful and is revered by clients for providing them with the perfect ingredients to take control of their lives and give the world a taste of their transformation.

Dr. Koo is the author of Seoul Food, the first creative non-fiction book about second-generation Korean-Americans growing up in Los Angeles County. This book captures snapshots of Korean lifestyles that provides a taste of the complexities of the Korean culture and issues that are often unaddressed and misinterpreted of children and their parents. Dr. Koo also founded and is the current CEO of MAPS 4 College, a nonprofit organization that helps students graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, gain job readiness skills, find a satisfying career, and acquire life sustaining skills. In 2011, Dr. Koo, was chosen as one of the top 25 Korean-American community leaders under the age of 40 in the nation and voted the top 100 Next Generation Korean American leaders nationwide.


The Human Development Speaker Series, which is free and open to the public, is on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 7-8p.m. at Pacific Oaks College, 45 Eureka Street Suite B, Pasadena, CA 91103. Reserve your space by emailing Sabree Lateed at [email protected]

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