• UVSA South: Leadership Summit XII
    April 26, 2024 - April 28, 2024
    4:00 PM

UVSA South Summit XII: Workshop Registration Portal

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Lynda Nguyen

Fusion Dance
Join us for Vietnamese cultural fusion dancing led by Lynda Nguyen and Yoobin Min! This will be a physically active workshop that includes interactive and fun choreography, such as fan-dancing. Open to all experience levels, no prior dance experience is necessary! Lynda Nguyen (she/her/hers) is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas studying interior architecture. She was an intern for ARVSA last year, and she is its first co-cultural chair this year. Dancing is her passion, so she is really excited to be able to start the ARVSA Cultural Fusion Dance Team. Last semester, the ARVSA Cultural Fusion Dance Team performed for the first time at UTA VSA’s external and won best performers of the night, which was such a cool and rewarding experience! This year would be her second Summit. and she would love to share her passion for dance with UVSA South again.

Aysia Nguyen

to Lead
It’s likely that you (and many of us) are not natural-born leaders. Our leadership journeys often require us to reflect on how we lead and what we can do to develop our leadership skills in order to better support the Aysia Thi Nguyễn (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Vietnamese American and has her B.S. in Kinesiology and B.A. from the University of Arkansas. She is currently pursuing her Master of Higher Education degree at the University of Arkansas. Aysia has been involved with VSA since 2018 and currently serves as UVSA South’s President! She also helped establish Arkansas VSA where she served as President for two years and currently serves as the organization’s advisor. In her free time, Aysia enjoys playing Tetris and Animal Crossing, collecting pins and plushies, doom-scrolling through Tiktok, spending time with her friends and her dog, Ace, and trying out new restaurants!

Lillian Trinh

Addressing conflicts in a leadership capacity or a personal capacity doesn’t have to be complicated. Join “Conflict Resolution” to learn the secret formula to address any and all types of conflicts. Attendees will embark on a gamified journey, following several characters in personal or professional settings, as they work to resolve their differences. By using the templates, language, and thoughtful critical thinking you’ll learn in this workshop, you will be able to tackle any problem. Lillian Trinh (she/her/hers) is a Taiwanese-Vietnamese-American community leader skilled in storytelling, communication, and empathetic leadership development. She currently serves as a member of UVSA South’s Board of Directors, and had previously served as UVSA South President and UNAVSA-18 Executive Director. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and currently works for HP Inc., in Austin, Texas.


Kathy Le

& Grit: Failures Lead to Success
Ever wanted to give up after getting rejected for something not once or twice, but the third time? Ever heard the term “3rd time is a charm?” Explore how to overcome rejections on the imposter syndrome and how one might be able to ultimately succeed whether it’s from interviews or school applications. Look at how one can be “In Full Bloom” by finding ways to have tenacity and grit to help shape one personally and professionally both in and outside the VSA space. Kathy Le (she/her/hers) is an alumna from the Southwest Region. She received her B.S. in Biology and minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Denver and now is pursuing her Master of Social Work at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has been involved at her local VSA at CU Denver since 2017, but peaked her UNAVSA involvement at UNAVSA Virtual Experience in 2020. Since then, Kathy has picked up various VSA positions such as family leader for UVSA South Summit 9 & 11 and NEIVSA VES-7. Her first in-person VSA Summit was UVSA South Summit 10 as an attendee. She currently serves as SWUVSA Secretary and CoRR and Alumni Relations Committee Cabinet for UNAVSA. Outside of VSA, you’ll see Kathy playing pickleball, tennis, League, and having a great time with family and friends over food/boba. She continues to be inspired by others to grow as a leader. Through VSA, she has found a great community to seek support from and hopes to give back the same in return. Her passion continues in VSA with the ultimate goal to inspire future generations to take the lead locally, regionally, or in the UNAVSA space, growing personally and professionally in oneself.

Kent Tong

In this interactive and deeply personal workshop, participants will explore the values important to them and understand which ones they prioritize in life. They will reflect on and engage with the values that shape the way they move through the world, engage in discussions to understand different values other participants hold, and walk away with a better understanding of themselves and the people around them. Kent Tong (he/him/his) is the Manager of Programs at OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, the nation’s second-oldest nonprofit advocacy organization for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In this role, Kent oversees OCA’s youth programs, including high school and college leadership and advocacy trainings, academic scholarships, and internships.

Kent was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans Area to Vietnamese refugee parents. An alumnus from Loyola University New Orleans, majoring in Studio Art and minoring in Film Studies, Kent dedicated his time outside the classroom to various Vietnamese interest organizations. It’s through his experiences as Executive Director of Camp Delta, President of the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations Gulf Coast, and President of the Loyola Asian Student Organization, that Kent developed a passion for youth development and programming.

Prior to joining OCA, Kent was a volunteer staff member of The 2020 Project, 2017 Jubilee Project Fellow, and 2014 Disney College Program Cast Member. In his free time he enjoys watching movies in theatres, usually one or two every weekend, and writing reviews on his blog.


Thao Tran

Drifting in the Fast Lane:
Exploring How Leadership Helps You Excel in Your Career
“Alexa, play Tokyo Drift.”

As a college student, you feel like you’re constantly moving in the fast lane, managing school, work, leadership, and extracurricular activities, all while building yourself to be a stronger candidate for an internship or job you may have had your eye on. Student involvement in organizations like VSA could be what sets you apart from other candidates when applying for jobs. So how exactly can putting VSA on your resume be beneficial to your career? How do we promote and ensure our skills are communicated effectively in our resume for potential employers? In this workshop, you will learn how to translate your VSA experience into your resume, whether it be volunteer or president, into a set of core competencies and points that will help you excel in your career, regardless of the field. So hop in, we’re going for a drive!

Thao Tran (she/her/hers) is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees
and was born and raised in the outskirts of Dallas, Texas. She
is a first-generation graduate student currently pursuing a
Master of Public Administration. Thao previously attended the
University of Texas at Arlington, earning her Bachelor of Business
Administration in both Marketing and Management with a minor in
Public Affairs and Urban Administration. Thao has held various
positions within the VSA space since 2016 on the local, regional,
and intercontinental levels as well as many positions within community,
non-profit, and student organizations. She currently works full-time
for a State of Texas agency as a contract manager and as an intern for
U.S. Department of State, assisting with their recruitment and DEI
initiatives. With her background and passion, she hopes to inspire
other minorities to pursue a career in public service to represent
the underrepresented and pave the path for future public servants.
Outside of academia and professional settings, she is a 56kg
competitive powerlifter and coffee shop fanatic.

Vivian Tran

From Seeds to Success:
Financial Literacy for a Blooming Tomorrow
The objective of this workshop is to equip students and recent graduates as they are in the process of navigating financial aspects of their lives in the “real world” after college. We will help attendees gain a solid foundation to prepare for financial security throughout life. After working hard in their careers for all their lives and experiencing all the ups and downs, we believe people deserve to have the means to feel at ease and flourish during their golden years. Vivian Tran (she/her/hers) is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas who was involved with VSA throughout her entire college journey. She now works as a Marketing Manager for NeoWell Aesthetics Group and a Financial Professional with Aventus. She has a passion for uplifting the Vietnamese community through both personal and professional development. In her free time, she enjoys thrifting and traveling! At Aventus Financial Group, our mission is clear: to empower families with proper financial protection and future readiness. We help individuals, families, and business owners grasp fundamental financial concepts, enabling
them to make choices aligned with their unique needs. We bring together individuals, families, small business owners, and some of the largest insurance and financial services providers in America to make financial products and services more accessible to middle-income families.


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