Home: Abington, MA. Birthplace: Da Nang, Vietnam. Organization: Santander US. Title: Vice President, Director, Learning Management. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Significant other: My loving husband, Nick . Alma mater: Boston University. Languages spoken: Vietnamese and English.
Recent recognition: Invited to be part of Chief, the only private network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. Recent professional development: Obtained multiple Agile Certifications: Certified Agile HR Explorer, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified ScrumMaster and Certified SAFe 5 Product Owner/Product Manager. Latest accomplishment: Joined Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) as a board member. Latest contribution to others: Taught Budget Buddies classes to help women build financial literacy and confidence. Hobbies: Reading and traveling. Last book read: The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World, by Dorie Clark.
Personality profile: ENFJ – A (Protagonist: Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging – Assertive). What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Genuine. Moral compass: Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. How do you define a perfect friendship? Trust, loyalty and fun. What is your greatest joy? Traveling the world with my family. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Buying my favorite books on Amazon or Audible. What is at the top of your bucket list? Taking my husband to my hometown in Vietnam. How do you relieve stress? Spend time in nature if possible. If not, practice the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
What was your first paying job? A grill cook at Papa Gino. What book have you repeatedly read? Bluefishing, by Steve Sims. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Books and inspirational quotes. Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My wonderful mom. What is your favorite app? LinkedIn and Audible. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Journal and mind-mapping exercises. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Moving to the United States when I was 17 years old.
Truly embrace agile mindset and methodologies in human resources.
What change would you like to see in the world? People with opposing views willing to listen with the intent to understand. What message do you want to send out into the world? My favorite part from the poem, “Human Family” by Maya Angelou: “I note the most obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Finding Joy (Even in the Most Challenging Situations). Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My maternal grandfather. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An ambassador. How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Spending time with my mom, my husband and my son on Playa Flamenco in Puerto Rico. What advice would you give your younger self? Share your ideas with the world. Be confident and speak up! What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day.
Personal mission: To help people realize their full potential. Personal motto: Be happy with what I have while pursing all that I want in life and helping others in the process. Favorite quote: “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom" (Jim Rohn).