Motivational Speaker

Pamela Samuels Young is an attorney, anti-trafficking advocate and award-winning author of multiple legal thrillers. Her mystery Anybody’s Daughter won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Fiction and was a Top Ten pick by In the Margins, the best books for at-risk teens. Her novels #Anybody’s Daughter and #Abuse of Discretion are young adult adaptations of two of her most popular mysteries. Prior to embarking on a full-time writing career, Pamela was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP and Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law at Toyota. A former journalist, she also worked as a television news writer and associate producer for WXYZ-TV in Detroit and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. Pamela received her bachelor’s degree from USC and earned graduate degrees from Northwestern University and UC Berkeley School of Law. A natural hair enthusiast, Pamela wrote Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide to educate women about the true beauty of their kinky coils. The Compton native is a frequent speaker on the topics of child sex trafficking, teen sexting, self-empowerment, independent publishing and fiction writing.

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Topics: Motivation, Personal/Career Growth, Discrimination Law/Sexual Harassment, Diversity, Writing, Spiritual Growth

Target Audiences: Associations, Corporations, Legal Groups, Religious Groups, Writers

Travels from: Los Angeles area


“Pamela’s message is real – not contrived. She’s a living testimonial to how the ‘can do’ attitude will win out over the ‘I can’t.’ What’s more, she’s entertaining, amusing and fun to listen to.”
Mike Rounds
Former President, L.A. Chapter
National Speakers Association

One of Pamela Samuels Young’s favorite quotes comes from movie mogul Tyler Perry: “We don’t wait have to wait for somebody to green-light our projects. We can create our own intersections.” Pamela, a former journalist turned attorney and author, knows a thing or two about creating opportunity. Now she’s helping others realize their dreams.

A native of Compton, California, Pamela knows from experience that the road to success is no cakewalk. Whether the goal is to obtain a promotion, start a business or write a book, Pamela has the tools to get you there. In thought-provoking presentations packed with humor and insight, Pamela shares the lessons learned from her own successes and disappointments and helps her audiences reach their own untapped potential.

Most Requested Presentations

You have the Power to ACT!

Having It All: A Blueprint for Work/Life Balance

Pursue Your Passion and Your Day Job

Write That Book Today!

The Power of Faith

Attendees Rave!

“As the keynote speaker for our 36th Annual Literary Luncheon, Pamela’s deliberate, passionate and motivating presentation merited the standing ovation she received. Pamela is not up-and-coming, she is already there!”
Dinah G. Gant, P.E., President
Delta Memorial Endowment Fund, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

“Pamela’s dynamic presentation made our celebration a success. She set the tone for the women to believe in themselves, focus and stay determined!”
Vivian Cheely, CEO
A Company of Women

“Pamela is a phenomenal speaker who has the unique gift of motivating those around her. She is compelling, dazzling, and overall impressive.”
Laurie Robinson, CEO
Corporate Counsel Women of Color