About The Speaker
My name is Sulianna Chandler. Born and raised in Utah. I am a very Proud mother of two sons ages 20 and 18. I am a successful businesswoman and salesperson.
I have always inspired by people doing great things that benefit and support others, no matter how big or how small.
My goal has always been to shine a spotlight and bring attention and awareness to those who are making a difference in other people’s lives. I have supported and I continue to support many different nonprofits that give of their time and attention solely to benefit others.
At a young age I always wanted to help people. I adopted two small children from India when I was 20, I would send money to them to help them buy animals for their families to support them. We exchanged letters and photos for several years.
I was a volunteer for many years with the Utah Jazz boosters. They were partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy foundation. I would help with organizing and participating in events where the children would play in 3 on 3 basketball games. I had such an amazing time helping the kids shoot buckets and celebrate them. It brought me so much joy watching them have so much fun and not think about their disabilities at those events.
I often helped with highway beautification by volunteering to pick up trash along the roads and highways in Utah. I also volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy fund raising telethons and answered phones collecting donations. That was an amazing experience.
For many years I have donated to several charities that benefit domestic violence victims. My two favorites are NSpire Outreach and Hope house. I also have supported and donated to 40 girls and some shoes which provides shoes to women, men and children.
I was a volunteer basketball and football mom. I would keep score, call games up in the booth, and collect money at the entrance gates.
I also volunteered at my kid’s schools reading books to the class and helping on Teacher appreciation days. I helped with the school plays by helping dress the cast and doing other things that they needed assistance with.
My personal and social circles have always been very diverse from the time I was a little girl.
Dating black men growing up and having a biracial marriage for 18 years, I experienced several different challenges including hate from school mates, racism, and discrimination. I learned so much through these experiences on both sides.
Having experienced tremendous loss in my life, first with the suicide of my father in 2004 and then with the tragic car crash in 2008 that took the lives of my 21 year old niece, my 14 year old nephew, my 1 year old great nephew and left my brother in law fighting for his life in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, I have learned that life is precious and not guaranteed. Learning to process loss and the importance of continuing to embrace my life and to carry on with a positive attitude has been quite a journey.
My wish is to share my experiences in hopes of connecting with the audience in a way that resonates with them. Sharing how to overcome adversity and loss and not allow that to define you. If my story benefits just one person, I will feel like a success.