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Princess Sarah Culberson: Harnessing the Power of Possibility

Princess Sarah Culberson: Harnessing the Power of Possibility

Update: 2024-05-16


Our next guest is an incredible phenomenon!! Princess Sarah Culberson is not only a thespian with a background in theater, television, and film, but also a Royal from Sierra Leone who embarked on a captivating journey to discover her biological roots.

She was born into uncertainty and placed into foster care as an infant, her life took a remarkable turn when she was adopted just three days before her first birthday by a loving West Virginia couple. Growing up in Morgantown, West Virginia, She pursued her passion for theater, earning a B.A from West Virginia University and a master's in fine arts from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Transitioning to the Los Angeles acting community, she showcased her talent on both stage and screen while also making a name for herself as a dance professional.

In 2004, her journey was far from ordinary, driven by a desire to uncover her roots, She embarked on a life-changing journey to Sierra Leone, where she discovered her connection to African royalty as a Mende princess of the Bumpe–Gao Chiefdom. Inspired by her newfound heritage and deeply moved by the aftermath of Sierra Leone's civil war, She co-founded Sierra Leone Rising, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education, economic opportunities, and sustainable living in the region. Her remarkable story, chronicled in the memoir "A Princess Found," has captivated audiences worldwide, earning her recognition on platforms like Disney, CNN, Good Morning America, and the BBC.

Beyond her philanthropic endeavors, she is a dynamic public speaker and advocate for diversity, inclusion, and education. Her impactful talks cover a range of topics, including her personal journey of adoption, the importance of embracing cultural identity, and the empowerment of women and girls. Honored with awards like the Trumpet Impact Award, she continues to inspire others through her storytelling, leadership, and unwavering commitment to creating positive change in Sierra Leone and beyond.

Some key takeaways for this episode:

  • Understanding and empathy are transformative in relationships and self-discovery
  • Reconnecting with roots and heritage has a profound impact on personal growth
  • Service and empowerment are significant values in making a positive impact
  • Storytelling promotes global citizenship and appreciation for cultural diversity

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Princess Sarah Culberson: Harnessing the Power of Possibility

Princess Sarah Culberson: Harnessing the Power of Possibility

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