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OWNing the Experience: Tina Nguyen, OWN Student

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By OWN Student Tina Nguyen, Global Leadership Program
OWN Speaker Series Event: How to Negotiate and Ask for what you want with Sage Quiamno


Last week, I went to an OWN event with speaker Sage Quiamno about how to negotiate and ask for what you want. I wanted to go to help meet my leadership goals for the upcoming year. I hope to be able to continue opening myself and talking in front of crowds. By practicing those skills, I hope to grow my communication skills. In my mind, I think communication is an essential skill to change a person and future.

During the session

During the event,  from the time I got into the room until I left, I felt welcomed and appreciated for people to hear about my own opinion. I’ve never really had the chance to talk about myself and say what I wanted to say because of my position in society (being a young Asian Woman). Usually, I am told that my opinion was unimportant or my ideas stupid.

There were ten students in the room. Sage asked us to give our name, where we’re from, and when we feel the most powerful. We then passed around the yarn to make a web. We also played the orange game, where each team got secret instructions. There were two teams. My team was supposed to negotiate for the orange peel, and the other side was supposed to ask for the orange juice inside. I think the orange game was exciting. It was also fun to argue about the orange. When the game ended, we had time to reflect on we did well and not so well.

The speaker

The speaker was friendly and she gave me the confidence that I needed to say what I wanted to. She listened carefully and analyzed what I had to say, creating questions for everyone to reflect on. Throughout the time with the speaker, I had a lot of ideas.

What I learned

After the session, I felt empowered to convey my opinions and ideas through my actions and listening skills. I had time to reflect on it at home and practice.  I used my improved negotiation skills arguing with my parents. In the future, I will use my new negotiating skills with others by:

  • showing them respect through my body language 
  • stating my expectations loud and clear 
  • finding similarities to agree on 
  • finding a way for myself and the other person to benefit 
  • asking questions 
  • trusting the negotiation process to benefit me. 

About the author: Tina Nguyen is a senior at Franklin High school and takes Korean II classes with OneWorld Now!. She hopes to study International Business in university.  Her favorite foods include celery, cooked fruits, and any type of greasy food.

About the speaker: Sage Ke’alohilani Quiamno is a passionate women’s rights advocate, equal pay champion and community builder. She is the co-founder of Future for Us, a grassroots initiative dedicated to accelerating the advancement of women of color through community, culture & career development. Learn more about Sage on Linkedin


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OWNing the Experience: Ariana Santos Enriquez, OWN Student

Category : News & Media

By OWN Student Ariana Santos Enriquez, Global Leadership Program

Why OWN

I signed up for OneWorld Now! to learn Russian because I think it is an exciting language to learn. I also think Russian culture is beautiful and find the history of Russia interesting. I believe it is essential to learn about other cultures and I like learning new things. This program would be an excellent opportunity for me to try something new.

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OWNing the Experience: Andrea Vielma, OWN Alumna

Category : News & Media

By Andrea Vielma, OneWorld Now! Alumna

I first joined OneWorld Now! the summer after my freshman year in high school, all the way back in 2009. As a brown, middle-class student in a private school, OneWorld Now! offered me a sense of belonging my educators failed to provide. I tribute my personal growth to OWN because of this. A lot of students undergo similar transformations: we start out very quiet at the beginning of the program and by the time we graduate, we find that we have grown confident and comfortable with our own voices.

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OWN Talks: Never let circumstances define you

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This OWN Talk was delivered by alumna Michelle Moises at a OneWorld Now! event in the Spring of 2018

I want you to do an exercise with me.

Imagine a high school with not enough books to even share with the person sitting next to you. Imagine a high school with broken chairs and the sounds of lockers falling over. Imagine a high school where every day, when you walked up to the third floor, you saw a dead rat in the stairwell.

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OWNing the Experience: Zekeya Idris, OWN Student

Category : News & Media

By OWN Student Zekeya Idris, Global Leadership Program

Last year, I started taking Arabic at OneWorld Now and since I made lots of progress, I want to continue this year! OneWorld Now has not only helped me carve my path to learning Arabic, but has helped me understand more things about myself as an intellect and as an individual.

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So long, summer! Let’s get back to school

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Before we rush back to school, we wanted to share a few highlights from a very busy and exciting summer.

OneWorld Now! students traveled around the globe this summer to further their world language proficiency, practice their global leadership skills in new surroundings and make friends.
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Global Leader Reception & Auction

Category : Calendar & Events

Join OneWorld Now! and support our Back to School Scholarship Drive


At our annual event, guests can look forward to:
  • A delicious globally-themed menu planned by Tom Douglas
  • A silent auction with dozens of great items from local businesses
  • A dessert auction from Seattle’s favorite bakeries
  • Speeches from OneWorld Now! students and alumni
Proceeds from OneWorld Now!’s event represent scholarships for students in our upcoming academic year. The generous support of people like you makes language, leadership, and study abroad opportunities possible and accessible for all young people.

Event Details

  • 5:30 pm – Doors open for drinks, light bites and the silent auction
  • 6:30 pm – Dinner buffet opens
  • 6:45 pm – Silent auction closes
  • 7:00 pm – Program beings
  • 7:45 pm – Dessert Dash
  • 8:15 pm – Check-out begins
  • 8:30 pm – Good night!

Ticket Details

  • $100 – General Admission for one person
  • $250 – VIP Admission for one person, includes a glass of champagne with dessert and your name will be listed in the program
  • $1000 – Table for ten guests
  • $2,500 – VIP table for ten guests, includes a round of champagne with dessert and your name will be listed as a VIP Table Captain in the event program

Silent Auction Details

Thank you for the businesses and individuals who have donated great items to our silent auction.

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6/1/18 Leadership: Meeting Your Creative Guide

Category : Calendar & Events

  • Topic: Meeting your creative guide
  • Date: June 1, 2018
  • Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Location: Belltown Community Center
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Get Global 2018 Recap

Category : News & Media

Youth activism has caught America’s attention. Finally, a story OneWorld Now! has been telling for years, is making headlines:

Young people are changemakers and we must look to them as our next generation of leaders.

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5/18/18 Leadership: Impacts of Tourism

Category : Calendar & Events

  • Topic: Impacts of Tourism
  • Date: May 18, 2018
  • Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Location: Belltown Community Center
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