Arzo Yusuf was born in Kabul, Afghanistan during the invasion of the U.S.S.R. Her great uncle was the former Prime Minister and many family members held positions in parliament as Governors & Senators. During the coup d'etat, her family was in danger of being killed. They made a decision to escape for a chance at freedom. Her parents wrapped her in a blanket that they carried between mules as they rode through the harsh terrain. The journey was dangerous and she almost died. She and her family sought refuge in Germany for two years before coming to America. Upon arrival, they were political asylum refugees that started with nothing. See upcoming events.
Arzo has experienced her fair share of life adversity like learning how to balance dual cultures, being the first Afghan family to experience divorce and helping her younger brother through his fight with cancer. After his passing she faced a debilitating depression that negatively impacted her life and lead to a suicide attempt. She fought through it facing years of anxiety but through a practice of meditation and spirituality she learned how to live again and find happiness. Later, she spent time taking care of an ill parent with a lot of responsibilities on her shoulders including becoming a care taker for a younger sibling during that time. She also lived with an abusive domestic partner for almost 5 years until she found the courage to leave the relationship and start a new life. She rebuilt a life full of positivity, dreams and goals bigger than she thought she could achieve. She attributes becoming a certified sailor as a monumental building block that helped her find true confidence. See upcoming events.
Arzo attended the University of Southern California to study Accounting. Her work history has mostly been as an Operations Director for start ups to mid-size companies, Business Development as well as Consulting on process improvement strategies for businesses, billion dollar corporate, legal and insurance companies. Arzo is trained in Adult Learning Theory which has significantly contributed to the success in her delivery of difficult concepts. She has a knack for finding implementable solutions to problems and being able to communicate new ideas and subject matter to her clients and audience. She's been responsible for the creation and implementation of training management systems. She's very proud of her time working with a product distribution company helping them grow from a 5 person office to over 100 employees with east and west coast facilities. She helped build the skeleton for each department creating processes & procedures, hiring and training staff. She's also helped organizations she's worked with increase revenues by millions of dollars. See upcoming events.
After spending four years as President of a non-profit organization, Angels Nest, helping former foster youth, learning what they go through and how broken the system is, she committed to raising awareness on this issue knowing that if more people become aware of what's going on and the dire circumstances of these youth, people will take action. This work along with reading Foster Girl, A Memoir by author, Georgette Todd inspired Arzo to make this film. She Directed & Produced a short documentary on problems that affect youth in foster care through transitioning out of the system. Georgette Todd is also featured in the documentary. Arzo screened the film publicly for the first time in 2019 at the Wilshire Screening Room in Beverly Hills where 100% of ticket sales were donated to Face Forward International. A write up about the film was featured in Imprint News, the largest publication on foster care. The film has received national attention which has led to some states implementing the solutions featured in the documentary. See upcoming events.
Growing up, Arzo was actually a very shy child in public and in class found it hard to speak up. She didn't like being noticed and wanted to just blend in. Over the years she realized that being this way would negatively impact her life so she made a constant effort to put herself in uncomfortable situations forcing herself to speak and grow. Arzo has now been a public speaker for many years giving keynotes, hosting events, facilitating workshops and speaking on various topics including social entrepreneurship, networking, leadership, women empowerment, confidence, body positivity, self esteem etc. She truly wants women to realize their self worth and says it's what holds them back from everything they want in life. She believes that once women learn how to connect to their inner power they can lead lives that are happier and more fulfilled. She most recently gave a TEDx Talk on the connection between foster care, sex trafficking and what any person can do to create change right now. Click to see topics covered. Click to see list of upcoming events.
The Sexy Boss Babe podcast is hosted by Arzo Yusuf, on female centric topics that matter like; self esteem, body positivity and the rise of the female entrepreneur. This podcast is intended to help women on their journey through self discovery, empowerment and the rise to remembering our true power.
Arzo is a social impact entrepreneur using her indie beauty brand, Sexy Boss Babe to help women feel beautiful, empowered and a portion of proceeds are donated to charities helping foster youth and sex trafficking survivors. Sexy Boss Babe makes this possible through a combination of; monetary donations, offering life skills workshops as well as gifting product to foster youth & survivors attending. (Traffickers use nail services to lure youth so it's one small way to help.) The long term goal is to use this consumer product good as a revenue stream to be leveraged as a fundraising arm for related charities.
With the world in it's current state, most speaking engagements are now virtual and Arzo can easily reach conferences and events around the world. Whether as a keynote speaker or a workshop leader, Arzo breaks through the boundaries to connecting with her audience leaving a lasting impression. See upcoming events.
Arzo is able to speak with teams from miles away on camera. Even though it is a virtual space, she can create genuine connections and provide thoughtful team-building workshops. Distance is not a barrier.
As an award-winning speaker, Arzo connects with audiences in a very memorable and authentic way. She is also able to design a workshop or presentation that fits the needs that you and your organization have today. Email Arzo to discussing booking her for your event.
In 2021, Arzo will be hosting a series of virtual speaking engagements covering many of the topics from the sections below. To see a list of upcoming virtual events please click on the event calendar. Arzo will be speaking on various topics twice monthly for the first quarter of 2021. Check back in March to see the topics listed for the 2nd quarter of the year.
Public speaking is a skill that can be learned and mastered. Arzo Yusuf has been a speaker giving talks, trainings, presentations for almost 20 years. In 2021 she will be offering a workshop series to teach public speaking skills to those interested in becoming a more effective communicator and speaker. To be notified of these workshops please scroll down and email Arzo below to let her know you are interested.
The topics below are just a few of the topics Arzo Yusuf covers as part of her public speaking engagements. Arzo uses a combination of examples, storytelling, teaching and interacting during her talks/workshops to help audiences learn, engage and be inspired to take action in their lives. See upcoming events.
So many women strive for perfection in their work, at home, their business endeavors and their appearance. We live in a difficult time of social media where everything appears to be perfect and people think in order to have a chance, they too need to be perfect and this struggle of achieving the unattainable perfection often leaves people tense, frustrated and stuck in fear of moving forward. This talk addressing this symptom as a debilitating syndrome of fear and how to get out of this endless trap that keeps so many stuck from ever doing the things they want in life. See upcoming events.
Let's face it, confidence is everything. Someone can appear to be unattractive, but if they are confident, they are automatically attractive. Confidence is not only appealing to others and draws people in, confidence commands respect and yes, it's sexy. Confidence is an important part of life and crucial to getting what you want and deserve. A confident person is someone that is comfortable in their own skin, knows their value and worth and will not accept being treated less than they deserve. This talk addresses the importance of confidence and how to attain real confidence. See upcoming events.
Self esteem is a foundational aspect of the human personality. Self esteem allows us to lead happy and fulfilled lives. Without it, people are left in vulnerable positions to be taken advantage of by more dominant people and without a healthy sense of self and self esteem, people can find themselves as victims of those that are in the habit of taking advantage of people at work, in friendships, relationships, family dynamics etc. This talk addresses this issue and what people can do to start creating more self esteem for themselves. See upcoming events.
This may seem like a no brainer, but women, generationally, have been conditioned to say yes. This talk covers the importance of saying no and standing up for yourself, your time, your worth. Women have always been expected to be the nice girl, say yes to anything they are asked and so often end up in situations they don't want to be in, get stuck and don't know how to get out or how to say no. This talk covers this and teaches women the power of no and how to implement it in their lives. See upcoming events.
Self love is rooted in self respect and boundaries. Good hearted people far too often fall into the trap of constant self sacrifice to appease others, please them or avoid confrontation. Overtime, this leads to low self esteem, depression, anxiety and resentment. This talk addresses these issues as well as how to solve these problems through a practice of self love. See upcoming events.
We live in a world governed by celebrities, influencers and people that appear to look like flawless perfection. First things first, most of all that is enhanced through filters and airbrushing. Second, it is so important to be comfortable with our bodies as they are whether thin, thick, athletic, curvy or whatever size or shape. When people are not comfortable with what they look like they don't feel deserving or worthy of the things they want in life. This talk addresses the importance of having a healthy body image and tips on what to do to get there. See upcoming events.
As long as women are busy pleasing others, they can never be empowered to live the life they deserve, go after what they want or accomplish meaningful personal goals. The needs of others will always come first. This talk addresses the cultural aspects of why women are this way and how to once and for all cure this disease to please. We can still be kind, nurturing go after our goals without sacrificing ourselves. This talk explains how. See upcoming events.
So many women have faced being in an abusive relationship, many never leave and others are in a cycle that causes them to constantly go back. This talk addresses abusive relationships through statistics, personal story telling, the importance of a support system, ways to get out, how to avoid getting in one and how to rebuild your life after an abusive relationship. See upcoming events.
Adversity is one of the most natural aspects of the human condition. All of us face adversity in different forms throughout life. In early civilization, adversity was facing a bear during a hunt. Today's adversity is much different. It can be getting over a heartbreak, financial uncertainty, career/business challenges that can leave someone stressed out, exhausted and ready to give up. This talk covers how to find strength during times of adversity so that giving up is not an option. See upcoming events.
Arzo's life experience is filled with extreme diversity in circumstance and people. An important life lesson she's learned a long the way is how much of the problems in companies, relationships and people stem from improper communication. People simply don't communicate their desires, wishes and objectives clearly enough so others can understand them leading to misunderstandings, missed objectives, hostility and more. This talk addresses the importance of effective communication and how to be a more effective communicator. See upcoming events.
Leadership is about moving the mission of the organization, project or team forward. Teamwork is an essential part of accomplishing objectives. Teams are comprised of individuals, humans that will follow leadership they can trust and respect. This talk focuses on how to be a leader people respect, listen to and follow. See upcoming events.
Sales is something that exists in all aspects of life and whether or not people realize it or not, everyone is selling something to somebody. A boyfriend might sell the idea of the movie he wants to watch on a Friday night to his girlfriend. A 5 year old sells the idea of why he deserves a new toy to his parents. A doctor uses his profile to sell to prospective patients on his skills and qualifications. In any business, sales is the lifeline. Business owners know this, sales people know this but how do you do it and how do you do it well? This talk covers how to sell with success, what to expect, how to overcome objectives etc. This talk can also be a a multi hour/session workshop. Please inquire via email to discuss your specific needs. See upcoming events.
Negotiation is a reality we all must face exists in life. For those that choose to partake in negotiation, they quickly realize almost everything can be negotiated. For people that don't they live a life accepting whatever is given to them and not fighting for their worth, value and protecting their hard earned money. Negotiation occurs during employment searches talking to HR about their offer vs. what we think we deserve. It occurs when we are getting our car fixed at the mechanic or when a vendor is selling us on a product or service. This talk breaks down what negotiation is, why it's important and how to negotiate to your benefit. See upcoming events.
Networking is an art form and true networking is not even networking at all. Networking is all about building relationships especially authentic and long lasting ones. Much of what happens in life in regards to opportunities, business and so much more happens through the people we know. This talk addresses the importance of networking and relationship building and how that adds to elevating your business and your life. See upcoming events.
Living a life without purpose can cause people to feel empty, lost and without direction. Purpose creates meaning in our lives it adds to motivation and helps us get through some of the more challenging times in life when we have a deeper and more meaningful purposed attached to why we do what we do. This talk discusses the importance of purpose in life and how to find your purpose. See upcoming events.
Human beings are social creatures, our basic nature is rooted in tribalism. Operating from a place of humanity is important in relationships, business with friends and all areas of life. This talk addresses the importance of empathy and how to incorporate it more into your life to create better outcomes in terms of relationships, customers, employees and even business deals. See upcoming events.
As of late, there is so much talk on changing the world. It's a great concept, but it focuses on the macro. Arzo talks about the importance of change on a micro level, the self. When people take responsibility and focus on changing the micro, the macro takes care of itself. This is a talk for a wide audience that covers how to be a better human and breaks it down into easy, practical things people can do and implement in their lives. See upcoming events.
Arzo is a national leading activist and advocate on this topic. Her talks are based on her research on the topic, trainings she's attended and years of interviewing subject matter experts which include; former foster youth, survivors of sex trafficking, former sex traffickers, former police sergeants, social workers, foster parents and so many more. Through these conversations Arzo has witnessed a common theme regarding the problems and solutions and gives talks to not only raise awareness but to create a call to action that leads to change for this demographic. See upcoming events.
Women are confusing, difficult creatures right? Well, yes, but also no. Women operate in a very certain way, think a certain way, want and need certain things. Many women find it difficult to assert their wants, needs and desires and often hope that their male partners will magically know what they want and are thinking. This talk discusses some of the intricacies of female minds and once it is understood better, it will help you communicate better with your female partners to create more opportunities for harmony in relationships. See upcoming events.
The world has changed drastically and especially in the U.S., there is a shift towards feminism and what may at times seem to be a war on masculinity. Men are increasingly finding it harder to know what to say, how to act to be appropriate but still be able to be themselves. It is a difficult time for American men, but there's opportunity for understanding, collaboration, attraction and yes, even masculinity which is very important. This talk addresses all of these topics and more. See upcoming events.
Women, love and sex make the world turn. So often, the nice guy seems to finish last and women are lured by the bad boy, it never changes. This talk will address the bad boy phenomenon, why the nice guy finishes last and what the nice guy can do to get the girl the way the bad boy always does. The nice guy deserves to be THE REAL WINNER and this talk explains how to get there. See upcoming events.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look through my website and get to know me and what I'm about. I truly believe in the power of women, it is finally our time. I've overcome years of personal and life adversity, never letting anything stop me. I want to help women do the same. I want to help them realize how amazing they are. Everything in life you want, is right inside of you, sometimes we need a little reminder about how powerful we are. Once we do, we become unstoppable. See upcoming events.
(although the language in this website is geared towards cis gender women & men, all genders are welcome to any talk)
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