|Virtual and physical participation are available.
For physical attendees, please register in advance to reserve your seat. Current Decision 3900 of HCMC (3900/QĐ-UBND) allows No limit on the number of participants, but not exceeding the maximum capacity. We request full dose of vaccine or recovered from Covid-19 disease.
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After months of lockdown, Vietnam is re-opening. Will business come back to Vietnam? Will it still be the top destination for manufacturing in the region? Are companies operating in Vietnam still committed to building ethical and transparent supply chains?
Is investing in women workers’ wellbeing still an effective and efficient strategy in a pandemic-stricken global economy?
Stakeholders from retail, international NGOs and local organizations will tackle these questions and share their experience.
Vietnamese-English simultaneous interpretation will be available.
|8:30 AM||Registration and Refreshment|
|9:00 AM||Welcome remarks by Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam|
|9:05 AM||Remarks by Dorothy Mayhew, Acting Deputy Principal Officer, U.S. Consulate|
|9:15 AM||Panel 1: Challenges Facing Women Workers during COVID-19
Moderator: Dana Doan, Independent Researcher & Consultant
|10:15 AM||Tea break|
|10:30 AM||Panel 2: Increasing Competitive Edge By Improving Women Workers’ Wellbeing
Moderator: Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam
|11:30 AM||Closing remarks by Mary Tarnowka, Executive Director, AmCham Vietnam|
Member & Guest: VND 350,000
Member & Guest: VND 150,000
|Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.|
Political Section Chief
U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City
Dorothy Mayhew is the Political Chief at the Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. She most recently served as the Deputy Director in the Economic Division of the School of Professional and Areas Studies at the Foreign Service Institute teaching Pol-Econ Tradecraft. Prior to this, she was a Financial Economist in the Office of Investment Affairs in EB, representing State at the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews foreign investment with an eye towards protecting national security. For four years, she served as Deputy in the Political and Economic section of U.S. Embassy Wellington. From 2011-2012 she was the first U.S Foreign Service Officer to be seconded to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, serving as a Senior Policy Officer, responsible for relations with 22 Western European countries.
Prior to this, Ms. Mayhew served as the Head of the Law Enforcement Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, overseeing a range of law enforcement and justice sector reform programs. Her other postings have included work in Washington’s Office of the Assistance Coordinator for Europe, developing the plan for funding on the eve of Kosovo’s independence. For this work, she received a Superior Honor Award and a Special Interagency Act Award from USAID. She also completed a tour in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Ms. Mayhew speaks Russian and Vietnamese. She obtained her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and completed a Masters of Business Administration from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
She is an active supporter of women’s’ education, sitting on the Board of Advisors for The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, and, as a member, volunteers with the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, headquartered at Dumbarton House in Washington, DC.
Independent Researcher & Consultant
Dana R.H. Doan is a Ph.D. candidate in philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy with a minor in policy analysis at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Dana has over 20 years’ work experience leading, consulting, and conducting research on philanthropy and not-for-profit and community-based organizations in the U.S.A., Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Her work and research is focused on community philanthropy, community-led development, and impact evaluation. Dana is passionate about bridging research and practice and has published in both academic and practitioner-oriented publications.
Mary Tarnowka joined AmCham Vietnam as Executive Director in August 2019. She continues to carry out AmCham’s long-term mission to strengthen the U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment partnership and serve as the “voice of American business” in Vietnam, established when it was founded informally just after the trade embargo was lifted in 1994. Under her leadership, AmCham Vietnam has been revitalized. It is one of the largest, diverse, and inclusive foreign business associations in Vietnam. Its network of active committees and extensive range of events provide members valuable opportunities for professional networking, business intelligence, advocacy, and business promotion. AmCham strives to be the most strategic and influential business association in Vietnam – that drives innovation and sustainable growth and helps its members succeed. A community you want to join!
Mary is an international trade and economic expert with decades of experience managing organizations and policy advocacy in Asia. Prior to joining AmCham, Mary served as the U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City. As a career diplomat and member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mary has served throughout the Indo-Pacific region, including postings in Seoul, Delhi, Shanghai, and Taipei, as well as at the State Department’s China Desk and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Before joining the State Department, Mary worked as a CPA and Tax Manager at KPMG’s San Francisco Office. Mary also serves as a Director on the Board of VinaCapital GS Energy.
Pacific Links Foundation
Loan oversees the counter-trafficking portfolio. She has conducted trainings on trafficking victim identification, cultural competency in working with migrants for law enforcement worldwide. Loan is also in charge of developing curricula on life skills, child sexual abuse prevention, advocacy, and case management to be used across PALS’ empowerment programs. Loan has 20+ years of experience in social work, project management, and business management. Loan joined PALS in 2016 and is a graduate of Ho Chi Minh City Open University in Sociology.
Program Manager, Gender, East Asia and Pacific
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Ms. Luinstra manages gender programs, engages businesses, and advises colleagues on gender and economic inclusion across Asia Pacific at the International Financial Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. Ms. Luinstra leads activities aimed at improving business outcomes through investing in workplace gender equality; including women in agribusiness value chains; facilitating access to finance and markets for women entrepreneurs; reaching female consumers as a distinct market segment; and addressing gender-based violence.
Previously, Ms. Luinstra managed the Better Work program for IFC, a partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and over 70 leading clothing brands that has improved the working conditions of over 3 million garment workers worldwide. Ms. Luinstra has worked at the ILO in Geneva and as a social protection and labor policy specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC. She has experience in more than two dozen countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and the Pacific Islands. She has been interviewed or had work featured on BBC, CNBC, Asia Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post among other media outlets. Ms. Luinstra lives in Hanoi, Vietnam with her husband and twin sons.
|Dr. Do Quynh Chi
Research Center for Employment Relations (ERC)
Dr. Do Quynh Chi is the Director of the Research Center for Employment Relations (ERC). She received her Ph.D. in industrial relations from the University of Sydney and her MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Do Quynh Chi has 20 years of experience doing research and consultancy in labour at national and international levels. She has published frequently on international journals.
|Dang Thi Hai Ha
Founder and Strategic Advisor
Ha, Dang Thi Hai is the Founder and Strategic Advisor of Respect Vietnam, a technical organization that has been at the forefront of mindset transformation in people development & organizational excellence in Vietnam & in the region.
She is also the Co-creator of WEATWORK.CO, the organizational-learning & team-aligning platform which is known for turning complicated workplace issues into simple, unique & high-impacting models & initiatives.
In the past 15 years, Ha Dang has been actively participating in policy advocacy in labor & trade linkages in Vietnam’s entry into ESG-recognising Free Trade Agreements, where women’s rights & economic benefits have been promoted. Her real-time studies & technical insights are based on organizational interventions that drive leadership & decisions on women’s empowerment & their roles in hundreds of workplaces across Vietnam & a few areas in Asia.
During Covid19, she keeps working on simplifying work processes & making better sense of women’s roles in keeping their businesses open as well as giving them the digitalized knowledge hub that turns their female voices into better actions.
The Mekong Club
Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 30 years’ experience. He is CEO of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong’s leading businesses which have joined forces to help end all forms of modern slavery. Mr. Friedman previously worked for USAID and the United Nations in over 30 countries. Mr. Friedman offers technical advice to numerous governments, banks and corporations working to eliminate all forms of modern slavery and is the author of twelve books. In 2017, Mr. Friedman won Asia’s prestigious “Communicator of the Year” Gold Award.
Ms. Giang Nguyen is the Sustainability Manager for Biti’s, the largest local footwear manufacturer in Vietnam. As an innovative and results-driven professional with nearly 10 years of experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, she is responsible for developing and implementing environmental, social and corporate governance strategies for Biti’s to promote the wellbeing of all communities and contribute to protecting the Earth. Prior to Biti’s, she was Program Manager for Pacific Links Foundation’s training and protection program for factory workers to prevent human trafficking in the supply chain. Giang has a master’s degree in Social Responsibility and Sustainability from Aston University (UK).
Brands Director (DETERMINANT and SHIRTSTOP)
Ms. Hanh Do is the Director in charge of DETERMINANT and SHIRTSTOP Brands under Esquel Vietnam – one of the leading textile and fashion groups. DETERMINANT and SHIRTSTOP are the two pioneering brands weaving fashion and sustainability together and catering to active and high aiming young generation consumers who want to leave their marks in the world. Prior to taking up the Brands and Retail business, she has led various business functions in the company, including business development, strategy, government affairs, finance and human resources. Before that, Hanh was the Country Representative of the Asia Competitiveness Institute (National University of Singapore) in Vietnam where she worked in affiliation with the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (Harvard Business School) on enhancing competitiveness in the region. In her earlier career, Hanh was the Chief Representative of Viet Capital Asset Management and the Economic Growth Specialist at USAID Vietnam. Hanh has been advising corporates and organizations and published on the subjects of national and corporate strategy, competitiveness, innovation and business restructuring.
Senior Managing Director Sourcing & PSQA SEA
Senior Managing Director, South East Asia; Target Global Sourcing. Currently lead Sourcing and Product Safety and Quality Assurance and Innovation capabilities. 17 years of career experience in Global supply chain leading Target Owned Brands Sourcing Strategy in China, South East Asia & Latin America.
Current Role: Senior Managing Director Vietnam Cambodia & Thailand leading 2 Functions: Sourcing & Quality Assurance
Offices: HCMC, Hanoi, Bangkok Cambodia
Product Categories: Apparel and Accessories, Home & Hardgoods.
Responsibility: 200 Factories, US$ 1.7 Billion imports from Vietnam Owned Brands
2015 – 2020: Senior Managing Director, Product Safety & Quality Assurance Greater China and SEA
Led the Transformation and Modernization of the Quality & Engineering Function inclusive of Regulatory and Compliance, Product Safety and Performance.
Product Categories: Home & Hardgoods, Apparel & Accessories, Soft-Home, Beauty & Essentials
Responsibility: 1,500 Factories
2011 – 2015: Senior Director South East Asia – Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia & Philippines
Led the Sourcing Strategy and Region growth, especially for Vietnam Apparel. Key work was focused on raw materials & investments to enable yarn-forward Rules of Origin.