Our Story

In 2011, Mali Phonpadith founded the SOAR Community Network to help entrepreneurs and creative visionaries uncover their hidden gifts through personal coaching and marketing consultation. After going through her coaching programs, workshops and retreats, clients were ready to SOAR… but it was difficult to find opportunities and media platforms willing to help get their message out into the world.

And so… Tea with Mali was born.

With just one video camera and a few talented friends, Mali created her own platform. She began by inviting clients and inspiring friends to share their passions and stories. Today, her guests include global thought leaders and everyday heroes.

Our Audience Reach

Tea with Mali airs via local public access television throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and the DC area. Our interview series also airs through BRIC (Brooklyn Information & Culture), reaching all 5 NYC Burroughs.  Our content highlights exceptional people, features inspiring stories and gives a spotlight to community advocates who are making an impact in their fields, local communities and beyond.

Our audience reach is broad. From baby boomers to young professionals, our mission is to inspire viewers to uncover their passions and live a vibrant life that benefits others. Anyone going through a transitional phase, whether it be career or personal, can benefit from Mali and the honesty and insights plus actionable advice offered by her guests. Our goal is to extend our reach and uplift people all over the world.

Our Producer and Host

Mali Phonpadith is the Founder and CEO of the SOAR Community Network, author, speaker, marketing strategist, and podcaster.

In 2015, Mali was selected as a Belief Team community partner through Values Partnership for the Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network BELIEF initiative. She was nominated in 2016, by the March of Dimes, as one of the Heroines of Washington DC. As the Founder and CEO of the SOAR Community Network, Mali leads a dedicated consortium of business experts in helping small and mid-sized businesses elevate their brand message via marketing strategies and media production services.