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Meet Josephine Wu

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Class of 2023 BEQ Pride LGBTQ Leader Under 40

Pronouns: She, Her

Age: 33


Who or what inspires your leadership purpose? And why?

Mentoring the next generation of leaders is my lifetime goal, and my students are a constant source of inspiration. They represent the future and the potential for positive change, and their fresh perspective and new ideas challenge me to stay open-minded and consider alternative approaches. Seeing my students progress in their learning and development reminds me of the importance of lifelong learning which inspires me to continue learning and growing myself. My students are a key part of my purpose as a leader, and their success motivates me to stay connected to that purpose and make a positive impact on the world. ~ Josephine Wu


Josephine Wu (Jo) has demonstrated leadership throughout her personal and professional career. She climbed up the ranks at her organization and is currently the criminal litigation instructor for the Los Angeles Superior Court. There is only one criminal instructor, and she was selected as the best of the best. As an instructor, she fosters a safe and inclusive work environment. She has inspired employees to set high expectations and reach their goals while developing an exemplary work ethic. Her colleagues and management often commend her for her dedication to a growth mindset and willingness to change things for the better. 

Josephine Wu’s leadership has garnered recognition and respect in her industry. She was recently nominated to serve as a Trial Court Operations Curriculum Committee member and elected by the Chief Justice of California to work on developing educational programs for the Courts throughout the state of California. Jo’s many contributions have not only impacted her organization, but she also gives back to her LGBTQ+ community. She volunteers at the Los Angeles LGBT Center as a mentor to LGBT youth, influencing and guiding young people toward growth and success. Jo was also a guest speaker at the 2019 Models of Pride Conference. When asked why she likes to volunteer as a mentor, she said she hopes to mentor the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders— we know she is mentoring the next generation. Jo was nominated by a host of colleagues, friends, and family. They have seen her achieve so much at such a young age and they believe (and we do too) she will continue to make a difference. Jo is an inspiration and role model not only for the LGBTQ+ community but also for allies.

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