Available for Pre-order:Taking Up Space, Claiming Power and Playing Big



I’m excited to be included in Passionately Striving in Why, an inspiring and uplifting anthology featuring the stories of women who found and now live out their purpose.

I was born in the early 1970s in Cambodia, a small country in Southeast Asia. My life was uprooted at two years old when the Cambodian Communist Regime, also known as the Khmer Rouge, forced my family and millions of families out of our homes in the cities to the countryside and into labor camps. While close to two million people died of starvation, disease and execution, my family survived the Cambodian Genocide and were sponsored to America in 1981 by an aid organization in Dallas, Texas. As a child and well into adulthood, I had negative self-beliefs that kept me from speaking up and going after what I wanted. With the support of mentors and sponsors and as I engage in leadership experiences, I have become more self-aware and now living with more intention and purpose. This is a story of how I have learned to take up space, claim power, and play bigger in a world where being different can be a competitive advantage.

About the Author

Thear envisions a world in which all people feel free and safe to be themselves and to use their gifts and talents to help others. Thear is passionate about increasing leadership and philanthropic capacity in herself and others so together we can make our communities, country and world better for everyone.

Thear is active with non-profit organizations that develop leaders and lift up others. With the Texas Women’s Foundation, Thear served 6 years on the Board of Directors, 2 years as Co-Chair of the Economic Leadership Council and a proud founding member of the Orchid Giving Circle. Thear serves on the SMU Lyle Engineering School Executive Board, the SMU Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors, the Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum Board, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board, the National Asian/Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship Board, Co-Chair for the 50/50 Women on Boards – Dallas initiative, and a member of the International Women’s Forum and Dallas Metropolitan United Way Women of Tocqueville.

Thear is a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar. Her story is included in President George W. Bush\\\’s book, Out of Many, One – Portraits of America\\\’s Immigrants. Thear has received several recognitions, including the SMU Women\\\’s Symposium Profiles in Leadership award, the Nomi Network Abolitionist award, Women Leaders in Consulting award, WING’s Mentors & Allies award, National Association of Asian American Professionals 100 award and most recently named one of the most powerful business leaders in North Texas 2021 by DCEO.

Thear is a Global Client Service Partner at Ernst & Young (EY) with 25 years of professional services experience. She started her career at Accenture, where she spent 16 years leading and delivering large and complex technology transformation programs as well as leading the US Technology Delivery Architecture practice. Thear joined EY in 2012 and has held multiple roles, including Regional Consulting Managing Partner and Americas Consulting Talent Leader.

Thear earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering Specialization from Southern Methodist University. She lives in Plano, Texas with her husband and their four sons.


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Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.5 × 9 in


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