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Storytelling is Power.

Give me a mic. I am ready to change the world. 

 

Storytelling and sharing space are  my favorite ways to participate in liberation. Below you will find some of my most recent talks.

How I Use My Voice for Good

"To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination."

-bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, 2003

The Orgasm Gap Presentation: Time to Malama Yourself

A presentation for people to better understand their sexual wellness and empowerment as a foundational part of their holistic wellness.

Presented at: University of Hawaii (2022, 2023), San Diego State University (2023), California State University San Marcos (2023), and Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education  (2023)

Motherhood, Martyrdom, & Mayhem: 
Finding Clarity and Care in the Chaos of Working Motherhood 

Are you tired of the hustle of working motherhood, caretaking and householding? Girl, us too. Join us for a interactive presentation like no other. This workshop will cover how to develop an empowered mindset, reframe thoughts that don’t serve you, create practices of self-love, learn advocacy tools needed to protect your peace and time (at work and home), and find a community of moms who got your back. Relax, pull up a seat, and learn how to cultivate joy again.

Presented at: NASPA Annual Conference (2024)

Just Buy The Bikini: Body Confidence and Creating Your Hot Girl Summer at Any Size

Have you always wanted to play with your full body on the beach without being worried about your jiggle and cellulite? In this presentation, you will learn the how socialization, fatphobia, and capitalism has taught us to hate our bodies, and what to do to unlearn this nonsense and start playing unapologetically. Learn how to overcome negative body image issues, so you can step into your fullest, most powerful self.

Presented at: University of Hawaii Summer Camp (2022)

Leaky Boobs, Broken Bodies, and Muddled Minds

Exploring the phenomenon no one wants to talk about- postpartum depression. In this emotional chat, we explore what postpartum depression is, who gets it, how long it lasts, and the signs that you or someone you love may have it. We close with exploring action items one can take today to begin to address this condition that affects many, many moms.

Presented at: University of Hawaii Summer Camp (2022)

Wait... Do I Have ADHD?

Ever been called forgetful? Scatterbrained? Disorganized? If so, you may have ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Join Dr. Sara Vogel, a neurodivergent, ADHD queen as she explores the signs of ADHD, her path to an ADHD diagnosis, common misconceptions about ADHD, and how one can use their magical ADHD brain to their advantage at work, at home, and beyond.

Presented at: University of Hawaii Summer Camp (2023)

When is Kenough, Kenough? Unpacking Ken's Emotional Abuse in the Barbie Movie

Did you love the movie, Barbie? Did you notice something a little off about Ken? Join our panel as we share our reflections on Barbie and the tell-tale signs of emotional abuse built into Ken's character. Take a deeper dive into Barbie World and join us in unpacking how emotional abuse is not always so straightforward, and what to do about it.

Presented at: University of Hawaii Domestic Violence Awareness Month (2023)

Talking To Kids About Sex: Taking the Ick Out of the Sex Talk

So you want to talk to your kid (or a young person in your life) and don't know where to begin? Don't worry! We got you! Join Dr. Sara Vogel and learn five strategies on how to talk about the birds and the bees in sex-positive way that will make you feel empowered as an educator, and demonstrate to those you care about, that you are an advocate for their sexual-identity development.

 

Presented at: University of Hawaii Summer Camp (2023)

What Happens Next? Reconnecting With Your Body After Sexual Trauma

After experiencing a sexual assault in college, Sara did not know where to turn. She did not know who or what to trust- worst of all, she did not know if she could trust herself. Fifteen years later, she founded the education company Ladybits and Leadership, to help people of all ages understand consent, power, and how to experience sexual pleasure. Join Dr. Sara Vogel as she shares her intimate journey of recovery from her sexual assault, and how she found the power within herself to love her body and find her sexual pleasure again.

 

Presented at: San Diego State University Sexual Assault Awareness Month (2023)

Addressing Sexual Taboo in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities

According to the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, more than one in five AAPI women experience some form of contact sexual violence (23%) and non-contact unwanted sexual experiences (21%) during their lifetime. AAPI women are continuously fetishized, exoticized, and objectified through hyper-sexualization, and this affects the racialized, gendered, and sexualized violence AAPI women have experienced, historically and now. This talk addressed the intersection of sexuality and racism and exotification in the AAPI community and finding ways to rewrite the narratives.

 

Presented at: San Diego State University AAPIphany Podcast, (2023)

Storytelling as a Means of Healing from Sexual Violence

After experiencing a sexual assault in college, Sara did not know where to turn. She did not know who or what to trust- worst of all, she did not know if she could trust herself. Fifteen years later, she founded the education company Ladybits and Leadership, to help people of all ages unlearn sexual shame, understand consent, and find power and pleasure in their sex lives. Join Dr. Sara Vogel as she shares her intimate journey of recovery from her sexual assault, and how she found healing through the art of storytelling.

 

Presented at: California State University San Marcos Take Back the Night Keynote (2023)

Grab the Mic! It’s Time to Liberate Students Through Podcasting

Dr. Vogel started her podcast Ladybits and Leadership in January 2022, and has used the medium to amplify voices that are often marginalized including: indigenous, Chicana, Asian, LGBTQIA, and Pacific Islander voices. Additionally, she has used her platform to tackle tough topics such as racism, sexism, homophobia, reproductive rights, and disability. It is critical that our AAPHI students and staff tell their stories. If you are curious about using podcasting as an educational tool, join podcast host and sex educator Dr. Sara Vogel to learn how to get started with podcasting at your college or university.

 

Presented at: Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education Annual Conference (2023)

The Importance of Pleasure in Conversations on Consent

Consent is a must in any sexual interaction. Why don’t we think the same about pleasure? Join Dr. Sara Vogel, sex educator, to discuss why pleasure is often an afterthought in sexual education, and what steps you can take today to become a pleasure advocate for yourself and others.

 

Presented at: San Diego State University, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (2023)

Asian American Pacific Islander Women in the Arts

Joining four other AAPI women in the arts, this presentation covered what it takes to start a podcast and the importance of AAPI experiences in storytelling and popular culture.

 

Presented at: San Diego State University, AAPI Heritage Month (2023)

So Burnt Out I'm Crispy: Addressing and Healing From Workplace Burnout

Over 75% of employees experience burnout in their jobs. In this presentation we discuss how to define burnout, the impact of burnout,  how to recover from continued stress on one's mental health, and how to create a plan to make your workplace sustainable.

 

Presented at: Hawaii Community College (2022)

Forget Social Media! It's Time to Focus on Podcasting as an Educational Bridge

Educators are familiar with sharing information via tabling at informational fairs, speaking at orientation sessions, creating presentations for classes, and meeting with student organizations-
but may not have thought about podcasting as a creative, innovative way to rise to new heights in co-curricular education.

 

Presented at: American Association for Women in Community Colleges Annual Conference (2022)

All Work and No Play? No Way! Finding Pleasure and Joy in Entreprenuership

You know the phrase, “All work, no play,”? All too often, business owners and entrepreneurs get caught in this trap and find themselves miserable. Join Dr. Sara Vogel for this lively conversation where you learn how to incorporate freedom, self-compassion, and play into your day to make sure you don’t lose yourself while building your business.

 

Presented at: Molokai Business Conference (2022)

Build a Business, Build Your New Identity

Beginning a business can be a completely transformative experience.  Dr. Sara Vogel addresses how beginning a business was a new beginning for her life and her identity evolution.

 

Presented at: Launch Your Fempire Annual Retreat (2023)

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