I’m a strong, empathetic, and compassionate man that is empowering other men to live a life of fulfillment.
I see the beauty in imperfection and opportunities in failures. I see the power to change in everyone and I help men reclaim that power for themselves. I’ve spent my career helping underserved communities in Northern California make safer and healthier choices for their life. And I’m going to spend the rest of my life empowering men to step into their truth. I create safe spaces for men to think deeply about themselves and stand authentically.
I graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Education and Teaching. I’ve trained with Lincoln Center Education in New York as a Teaching Artist. And I’m a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. In my career I’ve facilitated over 1,000 workshops about empathy and inclusivity with an emphasis on positive conflict resolution. I've educated over 500k community members all over Northern California. And in October 2017 I gave my first TEDx Talk.
I'm the founder of The Authentic Man, a men's retreat for self-identified males that want to live with purpose and intention.
"I'm human. Sometimes I forget to love myself."
My work is focused in helping men see what they are capable of by asking powerful questions. And I push my clients to be their best selves--which sometimes means calling them out on their B.S.
I am not a therapist or psychiatrist. I am not a counselor or consultant.
I am a coach.
I see my clients as humans who are full of possibilities and have limitless power. I use mindfulness and self-awareness techniques to help my clients objectify their feelings. And I am next to them the entire process.
I’m human. Sometimes I forget to love myself. I’m nowhere near perfect, and quite frankly, I try to stay away from it. Like many people, I can be really hard and critical about myself. And sometimes I feel like I’m not good enough. I’m a recovering people pleaser and I used to have a hard time saying ‘no’ to people and things that don’t serve me. But through time, practice, and breathing I’ve learned to control my thoughts and build a healthier relationship with being authentically Mike.
I am also unapologetically myself. I love life and people fiercely. And I’m passionate about helping men live in authenticity and a life of purpose. After years and years of reconditioning and learning to love myself, I can proudly say that I am a gay man of color!
You are powerful.
NOW IS THE TIME TO BE LIVING THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS.
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A little more about me:
-When I was 10 I said that I would be the first ever full Filipino-American to play in the NBA. Then I stopped growing and I fell in love with theatre. I'm an artist and an athlete. Photography and snowboarding are two of my biggest passions.
-My house is a jungle and I create miniature ecosystems in glass containers aka terrariums.
-My husband is my best friend, lover, and equal. And together we have Mildred Hubert SagLaughlin, our little pit-mix pup. And our favorite thing to do is cook and eat dinner together.
-We live in a beautiful 100 year old craftsman house built by Julia Morgan’s apprentice near Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA.