Starla Sampaco is a Filipino-American keynote speaker, host, and columnist with a background in TV news. Currently, she is a contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review, and she focuses on teaching women and people of color how to advocate for themselves at work. As a speaker and corporate event host, she has shared stages with notable figures like President Bill Clinton and Janet Jackson.
Previously, Starla was the main news anchor for Seattle's PBS channel, which garnered approximately 1.67 million viewers each week throughout Washington state and Canada.
As a Leadership Strategy contributor to Forbes, she writes a column on self-advocacy in the workplace, professional visibility, and the importance of taking up space. She also leads keynotes and corporate workshops for clients like Microsoft, AT&T, and the Society for HR Management (SHRM).
As an extension of this work, Starla taught graduate students at the University of Washington Communication Leadership Master's Program, where she developed a course on self-advocacy and professional visibility as an adjunct faculty member.
Starla has worked in TV and media for more than a decade. Prior to joining Seattle's PBS station, she covered Washington state politics as a legislative reporter for TVW and hosted a technology news show for GeekWire.
Drawing from more than a decade in the media industry, Starla's keynotes and corporate workshops cover self-advocacy, professional visibility, and the importance of taking up space (especially for women and professionals of color).
Starla’s speeches are customized for each audience. In past talks, her audiences have learned how to:
internalize and amplify their value,
grow their perceived credibility,
promote themselves (without being disingenuous or "too salesy"),
pitch themselves for growth opportunities, and
navigate workplace power dynamics.
Additionally, she is available to moderate panel discussions and emcee conferences as a corporate event host . View Starla's hosting/emceeing reel here.