By Roadtrip Nation

Heejae Lim



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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Founder & Executive Director

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

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
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.

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.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"What am I going to do??"

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant

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