about sarai

Author, Coach, Comedian, Speaker, and Saint


Most revered for her revolutionary, time-sensitive presentations, Dr. Sarai Koo has been developing people all over the world to live happier and healthier lives. She is a transformative speaker, culture change engineer, coach, author, and community leader.

Sarai is the CEO and Founder of MAPS 4 College, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps students develop necessary competencies to graduate from high school, succeed in college, excel professionally and live a life with character and excellence. Students who completed her one-year college preparatory program all went to college and graduated. She has served more than 17,000 people in five counties throughout California and internationally and developing more than 200 innovative leadership, career training, and culture change programs. In 2014, the organization was chosen as the best service organization out of 28 cities.

Dr. Koo was the CEO and Founder of Project SPICES, a coaching, consultancy and speaking firm, creating programs and services for other companies and their leaders in leadership development, organizational behavior, and workforce transformation to advance new ways of doing things. She uses her SPICES Paradigmâ„¢, a process-oriented, decision-making approach to develop diverse people to become productive; assist workforce personnel to explore their respective strengths, recognize and maintain positive relationships and work-life balance; become aware of and release hindering behavior, and design a life plan that fulfills their potential.

She appears on national and international media; coaches people globally; and speaks at various universities, companies, nonprofit organizations, non-governmental associations, schools, and governmental agencies (CIA, ODNI, State, etc.). In 2011, Dr. Koo, was chosen as one of the top 25 Korean-American community leaders under the age of 40 nationwide.


Sarai also has a fun side! She’s tried a lot of different activities, careers/jobs, and daring missions. Besides being on Wipeout, jumping out of an airplane, or riding her motorcycle, she has also performed on stage as a stand-up comedian. She hopes to be discovered like Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish. She’d like to get her on Netflix special and Seoul Food movie made!

Comedian Dr. Seoul Food

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