Xian Horn

Beauty and Disability Advocate, Teacher, Founder

Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy, who serves as founder of her non-profit, Give Beauty Wings and her consultancy Changeblazer. She is speaker, beauty advocate, blogger, and Exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge toward the creation of Assistive Technology. She was named Women's eNews' 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2017 and in Walker's Legacy Power 15 in 2018. She was also inducted into the National Disability Mentoring Coalition's Hall of Fame in 2018. Give Beauty Wings’ Self-Esteem programs originated and continue at NYU's Initiative for Women with Disabilities, the Jewish Community Center Manhattan, and M.S. 131. Xian has spoken at Apple, Viacom, AppNexus, New York Life, Met Life, for the New York Public Library, Barnard College, Williams College, the ReelAbilities film festival (where she serves on the Film Selection Committee). In 2018, Xian was invited to join Cooper Hewitt's Accessibility Advisory Committee and AT&T's Accessibility Advisory Panel. She has served on the NY Women's Foundation Committee for the Future and mentored at the White House for Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0., the US Business Leadership Network's Innovation Lab (now Disability:In), coaching their Rising Leaders. Xian has also run vocational workshops for the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for Disability Mentoring Day. She served the State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program's European delegation, and has been on the State Department's Speaker's Bureau since 2016. Xian has been featured in The White House Blog's Women Working To Do Good series, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Bloomberg News, NBC News, Fox 5 and NY1 among others. Finally, in addition to writing for Thrive Global, she is a blogger for Positively Positive - a community of over 2.5 million readers and a contributor at Forbes.
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Xian in Central Park, Photo By Ken Pao

15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 15 (And Why They Are Important at Any Age)

by Xian Horn

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