Mali Phonpadith

CEO of the SOAR Community Network (SCN)

Mali Phonpadith is a deeply inspiring, intuitive community builder that guides individuals and teams to achieve their missions.


Mali will be drawing on her decades of experience helping conscious leaders connect, collaborate and create more social impact together.


Mali Phonpadith is the CEO of the SOAR Community Network, #1 International Bestselling author, speaker, workshop and retreat facilitator, marketing strategist, podcaster and the Executive Producer/Host of Tea with Mali Cable TV Show. In 2015, Mali was selected as a Belief Team community partner through Values Partnership for the Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network BELIEF initiative.

She has been nominated for several awards including Heroines of Washington D.C. Award by the March of Dimes, twice for the Women of the Year Award by NEW – Network Executive Women and recognized as the iBoss Capital Navigator in 2018 for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive.

As the CEO of the SOAR Community Network, Mali leads a dedicated team of experts who provide customized solutions to develop strategic plans, authenticate brand messages, map shared values, develop conscious leaders, align teams, assess operational/IT efficiencies, and implement programs that ensure sustainable growth and healthy corporate cultures. SCN does this by facilitating educational forums for leaders and entrepreneurs to lead with intention, supporting talent management initiatives to drive positive corporate culture and implementing marketing strategies to help clients SOAR in the global marketplace.

Mali has over 20 years of marketing, sales, and business development experience. Mali also ran a financial services practice for seven years where she created and implemented risk management strategies for hundreds of clients. She is a community champion for several local non-profits. Mali runs the SCN Leadership Breakfast series, is the Founder of the SOAR Community Summit and producer/host of the SOAR Community Podcast. Mali is a four-time author, including A Million Fireflies, her memoir about her voyage from war-torn Laos to America.

She is also the coauthor of Seen and Sustained: Best Practices in Communication that Increase the Visibility of Small and Diverse Businesses, a professional workbook written with Akia Garnett, Jane Lovas, and Tamecia Bradshaw. In 2017, Born to Be Me, a compilation of authentic stories written alongside 18 international female authors, made Amazon’s #1 International Bestseller List. In 2018, The Balancing Act also hit the #1 International Bestseller List. Both compilations were published by Creative Publishing Group in Canada.

Mali’s Latest:

“Create a path that has more clarity — a place where you can pull the right people into your life instead of forcing them.”

– Mali Phonpadith

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