Heejae Lim

Heejae Lim

Founder & Executive Director


TalkingPoints

San Francisco, CA USA


Luck finds you and it only comes to people who are ready. It’s not ‘if’ luck finds you, it’s ‘when.’

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born in South Korea, but later immigrated with my family to the U.K.
Attended the University of Oxford where I received my bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE).
I then attended the London School of Economics and Political Science where I received my master’s degree in international development with the goal of helping people in the developing world.
After graduating, I decided to travel the world for eight months—spent time learning Japanese in Japan and learning Spanish in Columbia.
Upon returning to the U.K., I decided that my passion was not in international development and instead accepted a position as a business analyst at a consulting firm.
As a consultant, I worked with governments in the Middle East on education reform and later worked as chief of staff to a special advisor to the Secretary of Education in the UK.
Attended Stanford University where I received my MBA—one of my class projects was figuring out ways to get parents more engaged in their children’s educations.
That project eventually turned into my company, Talking Points, which I launched in 2015—it’s a multilingual platform that’s targeted towards underserved, diverse immigrant communities.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Philosophy
University of Oxford
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
University of Oxford
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
University of Oxford
graduate
Graduate
Development Economics and International Development
London School of Economics and Political Science
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Stanford University
Career

Career

Founder & Executive Director

I founded a company with a mission to empower teachers and families to change the achievement gap.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

A lot of people think the life of an entrepreneur is glamorous, but it's really not. On my commute into work, I listen to podcasts. My day typically consists of meetings and team check-ins. My main role is to be a champion. I have to champion our organization, my team, our product, our clients, and so much more. I am constantly working on ways I can improve on this.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My work in consulting gave me a birds-eye view of business as a whole. I got to see how a variety of industries functioned and how high-level executives worked. Getting experience that will give you that high level of competency is essential as an entrepreneur. Have very clearly defined goals and be able to delegate. Multitasking is a HUGE skill! Build up your confidence. Where there is a will there is a way!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be curious and open-minded. That approach of always wanting to learn more turns fear into excitement. Go and experience as many things as you can.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"What am I going to do??"

After graduating from college, the world was my oyster. But, because of that freedom, I had no sense of direction. You get used to a routine at school and then all of a sudden that is gone and you have to set your own path. The hardest part for me was getting started, but it got easier as I took more and more steps ahead.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I was born in South Korea and immigrated to England when I was 8 years old. We lived for a long time within the Korean community in London. My mom spoke English and became a parent leader in our community. She helped me navigate everything.

Financial
Financial

I had a lot of student debt, so when I was starting my company, I felt a lot of pressure to make smarter financial decisions because I couldn't afford to be the typical "bootstrapped" founder. I applied for a lot of funding and luckily got all of it!