887: Support Builds Confidence With Thea Cruz Brown

Thea Cruz Brown is the Program Manager for USPAACC.  She is a results-driven professional with a strong track record in program and event management from concept to success.  Thea’s passion lies in creating unforgettable brand experiences and driving results through innovative marketing strategies. With years of experience working with partners and external clients, she excels in building collaborative relationships that achieve outstanding outcomes.

Thea shares how working for USPAACC has helped her build her confidence to be the leader that she is today and creating amazing programs that helps women entrepreneurs such as USPAACC WISE, a program intended for AAPI Women that would strategically address core issues and create lasting impact in their professional and personal lives, thus empowering and uplifting them in creating and choosing their own personal choices.


Thea Cruz Brown is the Program Manager for USPAACC.  

Cultural Background

Thea is of Filipina descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self-confidence is being consistent, being able to continuously show up and speak up and having that innate belief in yourself that your voice matters. 

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

When Thea moved to America, she had a lot of fears and doubts, will people listen to her? She is not American and her accent is different.  She was afraid that people found that the way she spoke English was weird.

The “AHA” Moment

A lot of Thea’s confidence came from being part of USPAACC.  She is thankful for the leadership of Mrs. Susan Allen, Karin Hung and her other colleagues who really gave her the opportunity to find her voice again. 
Last year, Thea was given the opportunity to develop a program which started with a women’s committee of Asian American business owners in 2019. She pitched the idea of WISE (Women Initiative for Strategic Empowerment) and Mrs. Allen liked it.  Likewise Doris Yeh and Carolyn Joshua co-chairs of WISE and women powerhouses as well, have also been so affirming every time she works with them on WISE. 

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Now, whether at work or outside of work, Thea feels more confident in talking to people, not worrying about her English and just being able to own her space, contribute her thoughts, boldly and proudly.  She also feels fulfilled in what she does.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Look for people who will be good leaders and mentors.  Look for a support system like WISE. 

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