The Founder’s Story

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Photo credit to Ben Arnon

Due Quach (“Zway Kwok”) is a social entrepreneur who combines mindful leadership with science to empower people to master their mind, perform at their peak, and triumph over adversity.

Due and her family came to America as refugees. She grew up in a low-income area of Philadelphia and experienced toxic stress, poverty, prejudice, violence, and crime. A living testimony to resilience and grit, Due graduated at the top of her high school and gained admission to Harvard University.

As a first-generation college student, she overcame the long-term effects of poverty and trauma by turning to neuroscience and developing “mind hacking” techniques.  These techniques enabled her to graduate from Harvard College with honors and earn an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, build a successful career in management consulting and private equity investments, and now build pioneering social ventures.

To develop a program to empower people to overcome adversity and unlock their potential, Due studied various contemplative traditions in India and other parts of Asia. She then synthesized what she learned from this journey with neuroscience and behavioral economics to create the Calm Clarity Program.

Due’s autobiographical article “Poor and Traumatized at Harvard” was viewed more than 250,000 times and republished in the New York Observer. Her inspiring story has been featured in the Philadelphia InquirerPhilly VoiceStreetwise, and the Seattle Times. Her forthcoming book, Finding Calm Clarity, will be published by Tarcher Perigee Penguin Random House in 2018.

Please contact Due at due@calmclarity.org.

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