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I grew up in Southeast
Asia and have worked there extensively in the past five years. My post MBA goal
is to work in a Private Equity fund focusing on ASEAN frontier market
investments.  More than my homeland, Southeast
Asia is where my career passion lies in given its dynamic economy & rich
culture. Coming to Fuqua, I am excited to be one representative of Southeast
Asia and contribute to the diversity of Fuqua community. I would love to bring
Southeast Asia to Fuqua, and bring Fuqua to Southeast Asia on both professional
and cultural fronts. Particularly, I look forward to participating in Asia
Business Club and Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club and promoting for
Fuqua School of Business through USGUIDE network in Vietnam. In addition, during
my time at Fuqua, I would like to create positive impact to the local Durham community
through CASE extracurricular programs.

Inspired by the guide
“Doing business in Vietnam” that my company prepares annually, I am excited to
join Asian Business Club to organize a series of “Doing business in ASEAN”
sharing sessions conducted by students from Southeast Asia. Each session will cover
various aspects such as country profile, economic trends and important culture
nuances to conduct business in Southeast Asia. For the session about Vietnam, I
would like to introduce to my Fuqua fellow classmates about the innovative tech
startup ecosystem and M&A activities in Vietnam that I have cultivated
through my hands-on experiences pre- MBA. I believe that such kind of sharing
sessions will promote peer learning opportunities at Fuqua, enhance cultural
awareness and provide valuable information for those who would like to work in
ASEAN region.

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Through Entrepreneurship
and Venture Capital Club at Fuqua, I would like to lead Week-in-Cities trip to ASEAN
countries such as Vietnam or Thailand, which is considered Silicon Valley of
Southeast Asia. The trip will feature visits to startups and conversations with
prominent venture capitalists in the region. Once worked at Topica Edtech
Group, I have witnessed the success of Topica Founder Institute, a startup
accelerator program that facilitates the development of a startup ecosystem and
network of tech entrepreneurs and venture capital investors in Southeast Asia.
The region has recently experienced impressive growth in this space, though
tremendous potential remains untapped. I believe that these trips to Southeast
Asia will not only offer valuable learning opportunities for Fuqua students who
are interested in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, but also connect the
local high-growth startups and venture funds to our talent pool at Fuqua.

During my exchange
study to Winona State University in 2011, I actively involved in Cross Culture
Outreach Program to promote Vietnamese & ASEAN culture to the local
community in Winona. I thoroughly enjoyed that experience. At Fuqua, I would
like to initiate several social activities to introduce Southeast Asian unique
culture and traditions to the community at Durham. I will work with other Southeast
Asian students to organize events such as Southeast Asia food tasting to
feature different Southeast Asian cuisines or “Southeast Asia Got Talents Show”
to share the traditional folk songs and dances. Through these events, I want to
bring people together through meaningful and cozy events, thereby fostering the
value of close-knit community at Fuqua.

Through my involvement
at USGUIDE, the largest Vietnamese community to support young professional to
pursue graduate study in the USA, I have met and talked to many alumni and
current students at Fuqua. All of them have been very supportive and willing to
help me in my school research and application process. Just like them, as a
Fuquan, I will continue to pay it forward to assist other prospective students
in pursuing their MBA goals. Through USGUIDE network & platform, I will
promote for Fuqua School of Business and share my MBA experience with
Vietnamese students. I would also love to become an Admission Ambassador to
reach out to even more international students.

Lastly, I look forward
to join Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) extracurricular
activities.  In 2013, I volunteered in a
business development project for Hoa Ban +, a social enterprise that promotes
traditional handicraft products and supports ethnic minority artisans. This was
a meaningful experience that brought me with a lot of satisfaction from helping
others and nurtured my interest in social impacting activities.  Through CASE i3 Consulting Program at Fuqua, I
would like to join a team of students to solve real-life business problems
facing social enterprises. In addition, I will participate in Fuqua On Board
program as a non-voting board member of a local Durham NGO such as Life Skills
Foundation, whereby I can contribute to the development of youths in their
transition to adulthood. My past experiences, together with knowledge and
skills I’ll gain at Fuqua will serve as a powerful toolkit to help me become a tri-sector
leader and create impacts to the community around me.

Engaging in the cross-cultural
environment since college time, I have honed my ability to work well with
people from different backgrounds. In a diverse environment like Fuqua’s, I will
work with my peers to overcome all the challenges of academic endeavors and
corporate recruitments, and more importantly, to make the best out of our time
at Fuqua, and build a strong Team Fuqua that inspires each other to achieve our
highest potential.


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