I and Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club

I grew up in SoutheastAsia and have worked there extensively in the past five years.

My post MBA goalis to work in a Private Equity fund focusing on ASEAN frontier marketinvestments.  More than my homeland, SoutheastAsia is where my career passion lies in given its dynamic economy & richculture. Coming to Fuqua, I am excited to be one representative of SoutheastAsia and contribute to the diversity of Fuqua community. I would love to bringSoutheast Asia to Fuqua, and bring Fuqua to Southeast Asia on both professionaland cultural fronts. Particularly, I look forward to participating in AsiaBusiness Club and Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club and promoting forFuqua School of Business through USGUIDE network in Vietnam. In addition, duringmy time at Fuqua, I would like to create positive impact to the local Durham communitythrough CASE extracurricular programs.

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Inspired by the guide”Doing business in Vietnam” that my company prepares annually, I am excited tojoin Asian Business Club to organize a series of “Doing business in ASEAN”sharing sessions conducted by students from Southeast Asia. Each session will covervarious aspects such as country profile, economic trends and important culturenuances to conduct business in Southeast Asia. For the session about Vietnam, Iwould like to introduce to my Fuqua fellow classmates about the innovative techstartup ecosystem and M&A activities in Vietnam that I have cultivatedthrough my hands-on experiences pre- MBA. I believe that such kind of sharingsessions will promote peer learning opportunities at Fuqua, enhance culturalawareness and provide valuable information for those who would like to work inASEAN region. Through Entrepreneurshipand Venture Capital Club at Fuqua, I would like to lead Week-in-Cities trip to ASEANcountries such as Vietnam or Thailand, which is considered Silicon Valley ofSoutheast Asia. The trip will feature visits to startups and conversations withprominent venture capitalists in the region. Once worked at Topica EdtechGroup, I have witnessed the success of Topica Founder Institute, a startupaccelerator program that facilitates the development of a startup ecosystem andnetwork of tech entrepreneurs and venture capital investors in Southeast Asia.

The region has recently experienced impressive growth in this space, thoughtremendous potential remains untapped. I believe that these trips to SoutheastAsia will not only offer valuable learning opportunities for Fuqua students whoare interested in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, but also connect thelocal high-growth startups and venture funds to our talent pool at Fuqua.During my exchangestudy to Winona State University in 2011, I actively involved in Cross CultureOutreach Program to promote Vietnamese & ASEAN culture to the localcommunity in Winona. I thoroughly enjoyed that experience. At Fuqua, I wouldlike to initiate several social activities to introduce Southeast Asian uniqueculture and traditions to the community at Durham. I will work with other SoutheastAsian students to organize events such as Southeast Asia food tasting tofeature different Southeast Asian cuisines or “Southeast Asia Got Talents Show”to share the traditional folk songs and dances.

Through these events, I want tobring people together through meaningful and cozy events, thereby fostering thevalue of close-knit community at Fuqua.Through my involvementat USGUIDE, the largest Vietnamese community to support young professional topursue graduate study in the USA, I have met and talked to many alumni andcurrent students at Fuqua. All of them have been very supportive and willing tohelp me in my school research and application process. Just like them, as aFuquan, I will continue to pay it forward to assist other prospective studentsin pursuing their MBA goals.

Through USGUIDE network & platform, I willpromote for Fuqua School of Business and share my MBA experience withVietnamese students. I would also love to become an Admission Ambassador toreach out to even more international students. Lastly, I look forwardto join Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) extracurricularactivities.  In 2013, I volunteered in abusiness development project for Hoa Ban +, a social enterprise that promotestraditional handicraft products and supports ethnic minority artisans. This wasa meaningful experience that brought me with a lot of satisfaction from helpingothers and nurtured my interest in social impacting activities.  Through CASE i3 Consulting Program at Fuqua, Iwould like to join a team of students to solve real-life business problemsfacing social enterprises.

In addition, I will participate in Fuqua On Boardprogram as a non-voting board member of a local Durham NGO such as Life SkillsFoundation, whereby I can contribute to the development of youths in theirtransition to adulthood. My past experiences, together with knowledge andskills I’ll gain at Fuqua will serve as a powerful toolkit to help me become a tri-sectorleader and create impacts to the community around me.Engaging in the cross-culturalenvironment since college time, I have honed my ability to work well withpeople from different backgrounds. In a diverse environment like Fuqua’s, I willwork with my peers to overcome all the challenges of academic endeavors andcorporate recruitments, and more importantly, to make the best out of our timeat Fuqua, and build a strong Team Fuqua that inspires each other to achieve ourhighest potential.

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