2016 Walmart Women Owned Businesses Supplier Development Conference

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Date(s) - 15/01/2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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New World Hotel Saigon

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 WOB

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Building awareness around business cases – Ms. Jocelyn Tran – EN

Building awareness around business cases – Ms. Jocelyn Tran – VN

Vietnamese women entrepreneurs and global supply chain – Ms. Hang Pham – EN

Vietnamese women entrepreneurs and global supply chain – Ms. Hang Pham – VN

Empowering millions of women – Ms. Kara Valikai – EN

Empowering millions of women – Ms. Kara Valikai – VN

Convening of Women Entrepreneurs in Vietnam – Ms. Sridevi Kalavakolanu – EN

Convening of Women Entrepreneurs in Vietnam – Ms. Sridevi Kalavakolanu – VN

Vietnamese Women in Leadership – Mdm Ninh – EN

Vietnamese Women in Leadership – Mdm Ninh – VN

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Event Description

As part of our commitment to celebrating, developing and lifting up women around the world, Walmart and VTFA (USAID • VCCI • AmCham) are excited to announce the Walmart Women Owned Businesses Supplier Development Conference (WOBSDC). The event will include speakers and discussions with Walmart executives, Walmart Women Owned Business (WOB) Suppliers in Vietnam, and explanations of how to become a qualified supplier for Walmart’s global supply chains.

Là một phần trong cam kết phát triển và nâng cao vai trò của phụ nữ trên khắp thế giới, Walmart and VTFA (USAID • VCCI • AmCham ) hân hạnh đồng tổ chức Hội Thảo Phát Triển Các Doanh Nghiệp Cung Ứng do Phụ Nữ Sở Hữu (WOBSDC). Sự kiện này sẽ bao gồm các khách mời và thảo luận với các nhà lãnh đạo cấp cao từ Walmart cùng với các nữ doanh nhân sở hữu doanh nghiệp cung ứng cho Walmart (WOB).

Bấm vào đây để xem brochure của Walmart.

If you want to attend the Conference and Lunch only, the event will end at 12:45. Please tick ‘Attend only. No pre-screening / Chỉ tham dự. Không yêu cầu giờ hẹn chọn lọc’ and provide all requested information in the Registration form.

Nếu doanh nghiệp không yêu cầu sắp xếp cuộc hẹn với đại diện Walmart vào buổi chiều mà chỉ muốn tham dự hội thảo và ăn trưa (chương trình kết thúc lúc 12g45), Vui lòng click chọn
‘Attend only. No pre-screening / Chỉ tham dự. Không yêu cầu giờ hẹn chọn lọc’ và điền đầy đủ thông tin yêu cầu vào form. 

If you want to attend the Conference, Lunch, and request an appointment with Walmart representatives in the afternoon, please tick ‘Attend and appointment for Pre-screening / Tham dự và yêu cầu giờ hẹn chọn lọc’ and provide all requested information. We will contact you in two days after getting your registration to confirm the meeting time.

Nếu doanh nghiệp muốn tham dự hội thảo, ăn trưa, và yêu cầu sắp xếp cuộc hẹn với đại diện Walmart vào buổi chiều (chương trình từ 8g00 – 12g45, và 20 phút vào buổi chiều để gặp riêng với đại diện Walmart), Vui lòng click chọn ‘Attend and appointment for Pre-screening / Tham dự và yêu cầu giờ hẹn chọn lọc’ và điền đầy đủ thông tin yêu cầu vào form. Chúng tôi sẽ thông báo thời gian Walmart hẹn gặp trong vòng 2 ngày sau khi nhận được đăng ký. 

Please click the Registration Online button below to register your participation.

Cost / Phí tham dự 

1,000,000 vnd/person, includes meeting and lunch

Payment should be made after registration. We accept your payment in cash at AmCham office, or by credit card, or wire transfer. Our bank details will be sent to you in our confirmation email.

1,000,000 vnd/khách, bao gồm hội thảo và ăn trưa

Vui lòng thanh toán phí này sau khi đăng ký. Ông/bà có thể thanh toán bằng tiền mặt tại văn phòng AmCham, hoặc bằng thẻ tín dụng, hoặc chuyển khoản qua ngân hàng. Thông tin về tài khoản sẽ được gởi cho ông/bà trong thư xác nhận của chúng tôi.

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Welcome Guests 
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome Remarks
Ms. Ly Le, AmCham Vice Chair / Legal & PAC Director – Indochina, Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam
Ms. Rena Bitter, Consul General, US Consulate General in HCMC
8:45 – 9:00 Building awareness around the business case and success factors for sourcing from women-owned businesses in Vietnam
Ms. Jocelyn Tran, Regional Sr. Director – SEA, Walmart Global Sourcing
9:00 – 9:15 Vietnamese Women Entrepreneurs & Global Supply Chain 
Ms. Pham Thi Thu Hang, General Secretary, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)
9:15 – 9:30 Challenges that women entrepreneurs face to grow and solutions for overcoming
Ms. Kara Valikai, Sr. Manager – Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), Walmart Corporate Affairs, USA
9:30 – 10:00 Vietnam supplier challenges in meeting Walmart Compliance requirement
Ms. Sridevi Kalavakolanu, Sr. Director, Responsible Sourcing, Walmart
10:00 – 10:15 Coffee/Tea Break
10:15 – 11:45 Corporate Panel: How a WOB can be a successful supplier to a multi-national corporation such as Walmart.  Profiling 2 successful Vietnamese women owned suppliers for Walmart

  • Panelist 1:  Ms. Hoai Anh Nguyen, Vice President Sales & Development, Thuan Phuong Embroidery-Garment Company
  • Panelist 2:  Ms. Loan Tran, Chairwoman, Cuu Long-Fish Corp.
  • Panelist 3:  Ms. Le Pham, Vice Chair, HCMC Association for Women Executives & Entrepreneurs (HAWEE); Chairwoman, Le & Associates
  • Panelist 4:  Ms. Kara Valikai, Sr. Manager, WEE, Walmart Corporate Affairs,
  • Panelist 5:  Mr. Todd Kouns, Director Sourcing- Footwear, Walmart Global Sourcing
  • Panelist 6: Mr. James Bui, Founder & CEO, Lotus Impact
  • Panelist 7: Ms. Ly Le, Legal & PAC Director – Indochina, Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam

Facilitator:  Ms. Jocelyn Tran, Regional Sr. Director – SEA, Walmart Global Sourcing

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch with Key Note Speaker Madam Ambassador Ton Nu Thi Ninh
13:00 – 17:00 Vetting out potential WOB suppliers.

List of Companies got confirmed appointments with Walmart

Code Company Name
Fo-02; at 1:15pm International Mix Joint Venture Company
Fo-03; at 1:35pm Cty Cổ phần Chế biến Hàng xuất khẩu Cầu Tre
Fo-04; at 1:55pm Tan Nhat Huong co., Ltd
Fo-06, at 2:15pm Luong Quoi Coconut Co., Ltd.
Fo-07, at 2:35pm Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company
Fo-09, at 3:15pm Nam Phuong V.N Co, Ltd.
Fo-12, at 2:55pm Blue Ocean Im-Export Company., Ltd
F-01, at 1:15pm Nghia Phat Wooden Furniture Co., Ltd
F-02, at 1:35pm Saigon Trade and Production Development Corporation (SADACO)
S-01, at 1:15pm Vinh Thong Company
O-01, at 1:15pm Phuong Hoang Company
O-03, at 1:35pm Cty Cổ phần Nông nghiệp GAP
O-04; at 1:55pm VINATOKEN Co., Ltd.
O-06; at 2:15pm Cty Cổ phần Kềm Nghĩa
O-08; at 2:35pm Bright Vietnam Co., Ltd.
O-09; at 2:55pm Wellcandles Co, Ltd
O-11; at 3:15pm Viet Industry Products and Services

Chương trình

8:00 – 8:30 Đón khách 
8:30 – 8:45 Phát biểu chào mừng
-Bà Ly Lê, Phó Chủ tịch AmCham / Giám đốc Pháp Lý và Đối Ngoại – khu vực Đông Dương, Công ty Nước Giải Khát Coca-Cola Việt Nam
– Bà Rena Bitter, Tổng Lãnh Sự, Tổng Lãnh Sự Quán Hoa Kỳ tại Tp. HCM
8:45 – 9:00  Yếu tố hình thành sáng kiến trao quyền kinh tế cho phụ nữ của Walmart 
Bà Jocelyn Tran, Giám Đốc Cấp Cao – Khu vực Đông Nam Á, Walmart Global Sourcing 
9:00 – 9:15   Doanh nhân nữ Việt Nam và Chuỗi cung ứng toàn cầu
Bà Phạm Thị Thu Hằng, Tổng Thư Ký, Phòng Thương Mại và Công Nghiệp Việt Nam (VCCI)
9:15 – 9:30  Thách thức mà doanh nhân nữ phải đối mặt để phát triển và giải pháp khắc phục
Bà Kara Valikai, Giám Đốc Cấp Cao, Sáng kiến trao quyền kinh tế cho phụ nữ, Walmart 
9:30 – 10:00 Thách thức của nhà cung ứng Việt Nam trong việc tuân thủ các quy định của Walmart
Bà Sridevi Kalavakolanu, Giám Đốc Cấp Cao, Bộ phận trách nhiệm xã hội của Walmart
10:00 – 10:15 Nghỉ giải lao
10:15 – 11:45 Phiên thảo luận: làm thế nào để doanh nghiệp do phụ nữ sở hữu có thể thành công trở thành nhà cung cấp cho một công ty đa quốc gia như Walmart. Chia sẻ của hai doanh nghiệp Việt Nam do phụ nữ sở hữu đang là nhà cung cấp của Walmart
. Thành viên 1:  Bà Nguyễn Hoài Anh, Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Kinh Doanh và Phát Triển, Công ty TNHH May Thêu Thuận Phương
. Thành viên 2:  Bà Trần Thị Vân Loan, Chủ Tịch HĐQT kiêm Tổng Giám Đốc, Công ty CP XNK Thuỷ Sản Cửu Long An Giang
. Thành viên 3:  Bà Phạm Thị Mỹ Lệ, Phó Chủ Tịch, Hội Nữ Doanh nhân Tp.HCM (HAWEE); Chủ Tịch HĐQT, Cty Đầu Tư Le & Associates 
. Thành viên 4:  Bà Kara Valikai, Giám Đốc Cấp Cao, Sáng kiến trao quyền kinh tế cho phụ nữ, Walmart 
. Thành viên 5:  Ông Todd Kouns, Giám Đốc Cấp Cao phụ trách về nguồn cung ứng lĩnh vực giày dép, Walmart Global Sourcing   
. Thành viên 6: Ông James Bui, Nhà sáng lập và thành viên hợp danh, Lotus Impact    
. Thành viên 7: Bà Ly Lê, Giám Đốc Pháp Lý và Đối Ngoại -khu vực Đông Dương, Công ty Nước Giải Khát Coca-Cola Vietnam
Điều tiết: Bà Jocelyn Trần, Giám Đốc Cấp Cao-Khu vực Đông Nam Á, Walmart Global Sourcing 
11:45 – 12:45 Ăn trưa và nghe diễn giả Đại Sứ Tôn Nữ Thị Ninh chia sẻ về “Phụ Nữ với vai trò lãnh đạo”
01:15 – 17:00  Thảo luận chuyên sâu theo từng ngành – tìm kiếm nhà cung ứng tiềm năng.

Danh sách các Công Ty đã được sắp xếp gặp đại diện của Walmart

Code Company Name
Fo-02; at 1:15pm International Mix Joint Venture Company
Fo-03; at 1:35pm Cty Cổ phần Chế biến Hàng xuất khẩu Cầu Tre
Fo-04; at 1:55pm Tan Nhat Huong co., Ltd
Fo-06, at 2:15pm Luong Quoi Coconut Co., Ltd.
Fo-07, at 2:35pm Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company
Fo-09, at 3:15pm Nam Phuong V.N Co, Ltd.
Fo-12, at 2:55pm Blue Ocean Im-Export Company., Ltd
F-01, at 1:15pm Nghia Phat Wooden Furniture Co., Ltd
F-02, at 1:35pm Saigon Trade and Production Development Corporation (SADACO)
S-01, at 1:15pm Vinh Thong Company
O-01, at 1:15pm Phuong Hoang Company
O-03, at 1:35pm Cty Cổ phần Nông nghiệp GAP
O-04; at 1:55pm VINATOKEN Co., Ltd.
O-06; at 2:15pm Cty Cổ phần Kềm Nghĩa
O-08; at 2:35pm Bright Vietnam Co., Ltd.
O-09; at 2:55pm Wellcandles Co, Ltd
O-11; at 3:15pm Viet Industry Products and Services

 

Speakers & Panelists

Screenshot 2015-12-30 15.03.45Ms. Ly Le, Director of Legal, Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam  

Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she was responsible for all aspects of legal work, government affairs, regulatory affairs, general legal services and ethics and compliance matters of the Vietnam operations of a global cosmetics firm, and from 2010, in addition to her Vietnam responsibilities, Ly Le has been in charge of legal work in Thailand for the firm.

She has been actively involved in various non-government business associations, including the American Chamber of Commerce Direct Selling Committee, the Vietnam Association of Oils – Aromas – Cosmetics, the Vietnam Association of Trademark Protection, and the establishment of the local Vietnam Direct Selling Association.

She led the development of the AmCham Direct Selling Committee, which now includes the following companies as members: AmWay, Aloe Trading Co. (Forever Living Products), Oriflame, Tahitian Noni, Herbalife, International Consumer Products (ICP), Beaute Cosmetique, and Sophie Paris Vietnam, with the support of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations, based in Washington, DC.

Education: Bachelor of Degree in Law , Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) in Corporate Law, Singapore Institute of Management

RenaMs. Rena Bitter, U.S. Consul General 

Rena Bitter is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer and with nearly twenty years in the Foreign Service, Ms. Bitter has served in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Washington DC. She most recently served under Secretary Clinton as Director of the State Department’s Operations Center, the Department’s 24/7 Briefing and Crisis Management Center.

Prior to her work in the Operations Center, Ms. Bitter served as Consular Section Chief in Amman Jordan and Nonimmigrant Visa Chief in London. She was a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2001-2002 and on Madeleine Albright’s Secretariat Staff from 1999-2000. She has also served at Embassies Bogota and Mexico City.

Ms. Bitter is a native of Dallas, Texas and attended Northwestern University. She speaks Vietnamese, Spanish and limited Arabic.

JocelynMs. Jocelyn Tran, Regional Sr. Director, Southeast Asia, Wal-Mart Global Sourcing

Jocelyn is the Regional Sr. Director for Walmart Global Sourcing, Southeast Asia Region; responsible for sourcing products in the region for Walmart US and international retail markets. She is also a member of the Women Leadership Council in Walmart Global Sourcing with the mission to make Walmart Global Sourcing the best place to work for women at all levels. In that capacity she is in charge of building talent pipeline through leading Walmart Mentoring Circle Group for our female associates in India, Pakistan and Turkey.
Prior to Walmart, Jocelyn was Associate Vice President for Mast Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L.Brands, whose brands include Victoria Secret’s, Bath & Body Works and Henri Bendel. Her 17 year career with the company included roles responsible for apparel sourcing, procurement and production from Mexico, Central America and Vietnam. In 2002 she opened and managed Mast Vietnam office for the next 11 years.
Jocelyn is currently on the Board of AmCham Vietnam, HCMC Chapter and Vina-Capital Foundation. She was the first AmCham Vietnam-HCMC’s Vietnamese-American Chairperson in 2010. Her contribution includes in 2007, leading effort to support Vietnamese government establishing an export monitoring system to prevent dumping and illegal transshipments and in 2007-08 initiating AmCham close cooperation with VCCI to support the Prime Minister’s Action Plan to establish harmonious labor relations for a stable investment environment while actively participated as part of AmCham Advisors to review the Labour Code.
Jocelyn has an AA degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, USA. She is married to Toan Nguyen and they have a 16 year old son named Matthew.

Dr. Hang, VCCIDr. Pham Thi Thu Hang, Secretary General, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr. Hang has gained Ph.D degree on Economics in 1990 at Moscow State University, Russia. She has been assigned as Secretary General of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry in July, 2011. She also has been Director of SME Promotion Center of VCCI since 2001 until 2013, Vice- chairwomen of Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council since 2001 until 2008 and Director of Enterprise Development Foundation – an R& D unit of VCCI since 2004 untill now.   Dr. Hang has managed numerous SME development, supporting industries, supplier chain and women entrepreneurship projects implemented by VCCI in collaboration with World Bank Group, ADB UNIDO, ILO, UNDP, WHO, DFID, USAID, GIZ, JICA… She is member of ASEAN SMEs advisory board and continousely has been Judging member of ASEAN Business Awards since 2007.

Dr. Hang is the Chief Editor of 8 series of “Vietnam Annual Business Reports’’ of the years 2006-2013 and leading a number of market research and publications on SMEs, innovation, poverty reduction. She has been co-author of some research papes published by World Bank, ILO, IDS (Brighton, UK).

Dr. Hang has got an Labor Medal of Third Class by President of Vietnam and three Award Certificates by Prime Minister of Vietnam

Kara Valikai

Ms. Kara Valikai, Senior Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart
Kara Valikai is the Senior Manager of International Sourcing for the Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative at Walmart. In this role, she works toward the goal of doubling sourcing from women-owned businesses within Walmart’s 11 international markets. Previous to this role, she was the director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s Women’s Economic Empowerment and Health and Wellness Issue Networks.

Valikai earned an M.B.A. and M.P.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School. In these programs, she specialized in sustainability, corporate responsibility, and international affairs. Kara has worked on various international development and local economic development projects around the world. Before embarking on graduate studies, she worked as a consultant for TechnoServe in Romania, Colombia, Chile, and Nicaragua. Valikai spent two years working for a microfinance rating agency, Planet Rating, in Peru where she led and executed financial risk and social ratings for microfinance institutions across Latin America. In addition, Kara has a background in finance and accounting. Valikai earned her CPA and holds a B.A. in Business-Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.

SRIDEVIMs. Sridevi Kalavakolanu, Senior Director, Responsible Sourcing, Walmart 

Sridevi oversees strategy and execution of supply chain compliance operations in Asia, Europe and Africa at Walmart. Managing an extensive team across nine countries she is responsible for supply chain capacity building, risk management and stakeholder engagement including support to key corporate initiatives such as the Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Sridevi has over fifteen years of experience in responsible sourcing and has previously worked with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in San Francisco where she provided training and consulting services to a range of companies in the apparel, footwear, automobile and energy sectors and with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in Washington, DC. Sridevi received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship and was a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Human Rights. She has a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Japanese from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and was a Monbusho Scholar at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

Ton Nu Thi Ninh

Ms. Ton Nu Thi Ninh 

President, Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation Deputy Chair, Vietnam Peace Committee

Director, Tri Viet Center for Social & Educational Studies

Former Ambassador of Viet Nam to the E.U and Belgium

Former Vice-chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Viet Nam’s National Assembly

As an academic (1969-1979), a career diplomat (Ambassador of Viet Nam to the E.U and Belgium, 2000- 2003), an elected official (Vice-Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, Viet Nam’s National Assembly, 2003- 2007) and today, an educational and sociocultural ambassador, Madam Ninh has constantly worked to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between Viet Nam and the world. Among other continuing domestic and international commitments, she is consistently engaged in post-war legacy issues, such as rapprochement with the Vietnamese diaspora and the impact of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Viet Nam, as well as gender advancement, youth outreach and nation branding. Through her frequent interaction with the public, especially youth, women and the media, she is known as one of the public figures with a meaningful voice in Viet Nam.

Madam Ninh is the recipient of the French Legion d’Honneur (Commandeur), the Belgian Order of Leopold II, and the Vietnamese Medal of Labor – First Class.

Hoai AnhMs. Nguyễn Hoài Anh, Vice President Sales and Development, Thuan Phuong Embroidery – Garment Co. Ltd

Ms. Nguyen Hoai Anh – Vice President of Sales and Development of Thuan Phuong Embroidery – Garment Co. Ltd, a firm with 100% private capital operating in the field of garment exports since 1983.

Ms. Nguyen Hoai Anh graduated with an MBA in Finance from California State University, Fullerton in 2004. She worked for Ernst & Young Vietnam as a financial consultant for 2 years.

Currently, Ms. Nguyen Hoai Anh is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Thuan Phuong Co. Ltd, which has over 4,000 employees. She is responsible for managing the sales division, making strategic orientation plan for the company, enabling Thuan Phuong company to reach a higher level with many investment projects in multiple industries, as well as expanding garment production chain in the coming years.

Loan TranMs. Trần Thị Vân Loan, CEO and Chairman of Management Board, Cuu Long – Fish Corp.

Ms. Loan started working for Cuu Long – Fish Corp in 1996. In 1999, she joined Fujitsu Vietnam Ltd. From February 2005 to May 2010, she held many important positions such as Deputy Director, Deputy General Director, and General Director at Cuu Long – Fish Corp. In June 2010, Ms. Loan was appointed as CEO and Chairwoman of Management Board of Cuu Long – Fish Corp.

Ms. Loan graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from University of Economics HCMC. She was one of the female entrepreneurs of the fishery sector who was awarded the Golden Rose in 2010 and 2013.

 

My Le

Ms. Pham Thi My Le, Chairwoman, Le & Associates (L&A Corp.); Vice Chair, HCMC Association for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (HAWEE)

As a serial entrepreneur, Le has gained both success and failure in the following industries: Human Resources, Social Media, Software Development, Education, Occupational Safety and Health Advisory. Le’s current job is at L & A Investment Corporation where she leads the strategy and coordinates resources to support the growth of the companies in the group, including L & A – Total HR Solution Supply, KingBee – Marketing Operation Services and Nesso – BPO in Image Processing.

In 2001, after six years working for two companies in construction materials production, one state-owned and the other foreign-invested, Le started up with the establishment of L&A in human resource services where she has served as Chairwoman for the last 15 years. Nowadays, as the only supplier of total HR turnkey solution in Viet Nam, L & A has more than 8000 staff working in all the cities and provinces with USD 27 mil. revenue (2015) including the services of Executive Search and Selection, Staffing and Outsourcing, Leadership and Behavioral Assessment, Training and Coaching, HR Management Consulting.

Le restructured KingBee three years ago after two years of low-returned investment in social media and leveraged its capacity to offer online and below-the-line marketing services to many top Vietnamese and international brands with sales growth rate of nearly 200% per year with the unique advantage: the synergy of conventional and digital platforms to maximize the outcome for each campaign.

To prepare for the AEC free labor market and to tap the higher margin BPO offshore market, Le acquired a small business in early 2015 and built it into Nesso to deliver the image processing services to offshore clients in Europe, Japan and North America.

Besides business, Le has been actively sharing her energy and time to co-found and engage in management of some prominent business associations to link up and support business community in Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City Association for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (HAWEE), 2030 Businessmen Club, SME Mentoring & Networking, etc.

Le graduated from Pedagogy University of Hue (Vietnam) with a Bachelor in English as Valedictorian in 1994 and Open University of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) with a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1997.

ToddTodd Kouns, Director Sourcing, Walmart Global Sourcing

Todd has over 30 years experience working and living in Asia. Currently, Todd is a Sr Director Sourcing at Walmart Global Sourcing. Todd’s area of responsibility is Footwear/Jewelry/ Accessories and he leads a diverse team with businesses in multiple countries. One of Todd’s primary focuses at Walmart Global sourcing is women’s empowerment and developing women’s owned business. Prior to joining Walmart Global Sourcing, Todd spent 10 years at Dick’s Sporting Goods in various sourcing roles and 15 years in footwear sourcing / manufacturing in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and China. Todd has a BSBA Marketing from East Carolina University

James Dien BuiMr. James Dien Bui, Founder & Partner, Lotus Impact
James has over 15 years experience in economic development and impact investing in North America and Southeast Asia. At Lotus Impact, James oversees social impact investments in micro-finance, workforce development, affordable housing and sustainable agriculture. He also leads the development of impact metrics and evaluative studies. Prior to joining Lotus Impact, James worked as principal consultant on affordable housing, workforce development and clean energy projects for a number of clients including the IFC, FMO and non-profit organizations worldwide. He helped raise and implement over USD50 million for social impact projects, particularly in post Hurricane Katrina reconstruction and clean water projects in Southeast Asia. James holds a Masters from the University of Michigan and was awarded graduate fellowships in community economic development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UCLA. He is a US citizen residing in Ho Chi Minh City. He is also a member of the Asia LEDS Partnership Steering Committee.