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In today’s world, organizations that are led by inclusive leadership teams make effective decisions and deliver better results. In the twenty-first century, the essential qualities required to lead include the ability to collaborate, connect, empathize and communicate. Diversity in culture and gender drives value for organizations and creates sustainable platforms for not only individual growth but organizational growth and success.

In Vietnam, women are leading and driving the workforce. According to the United Nation’s International Labor Organization, approximately 72 percent of the labor force in Vietnam are women, this leads comparable statistics globally.

The Women in Leadership Inaugural event is a morning seminar focused on professional and personal development providing a unique interactive format focused on actionable tips, access to high-level networking and sharing from local female business and community leaders.

Join us to hear more from our Speaker and Panelists on how they promote women leadership, what are the barriers and what benefits they bring to society, companies and community.


08:30 AM Registration & Refreshment
09:00 AM Welcome Remarks
09:05 AM Presentation and Q&A
11:00 AM Event ends


AmCham Members: VND 650,000 | Non-members: VND 800,000

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.


Ms. Irene Ohler
Author, Consultant and Coach in Leadership

Since her arrival in Vietnam in 2012 Irene has focused on initiatives that inspire women to find their own paths. She is the co-author of an award winning book on Vietnamese Women Leaders, ‘Ba Trieu’s 21st Century Daughters’, the founding curator of the live event series, the Women’s Storytelling Salon, and a regular speaker on the topic of women leadership.

In her business, iglobal – – Irene focuses on preparing future leaders for their next role, and getting people into the mindset to move ahead. She works with individuals and organisations, supporting executives, groups, leaders and emerging leaders through coaching and tailored workshops.


Ms. Mary Tarnowka
Consul General
U.S. Consulate in Vietnam

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with Minister Counselor rank, Consul General Mary Tarnowka arrived in Ho Chi Minh City in August 2016. Prior to arriving in Vietnam, she served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea.

Ms. Tarnowka has over two decades of experience in the Foreign Service, focused mainly in Asia, where she has served as Deputy Principal Officer and Political and Economic Section Chief in Shanghai, Deputy Economic Counselor in Delhi, and Economic Officer in Taipei, as well as postings in La Paz, and Santo Domingo. She also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Global Issues and Senior Congressional Advisor for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and as Trade Policy Officer at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State, as well as Director of U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement Coordination at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Tarnowka was a Certified Public Accountant and International Tax Manager in San Francisco. Ms. Tarnowka has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s from Golden Gate University. Ms. Tarnowka speaks Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Spanish. She has two daughters. The eldest lives and works in San Francisco and the youngest attends Middle School in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ms. Uyen Ho
Director, Global Public Affairs
Intel Vietnam and Malaysia

Uyen has been with Intel since 2006 as one of the pioneers involving in the setup the $1B USD Assembly and Test factory of Intel investment in Vietnam. The Intel investment is the first largest high-tech US investor and the first mover of this industry into Vietnam. Uyen is also the first local senior manager to sit on the Vietnam Site Steering Committee for Intel.

Uyen has led a regional team in both Vietnam and Malaysia and her primary responsibilities are to assure License to Operate for both assembly and test sites, also support the Site Growth and Reputation by focusing on Government Affairs, Media Relations, Workforce Development/Collaborations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Public Affairs has been running many scholarship programs to award to young talents studying in Vietnam and oversea (US and Australia). Uyen has a strong passion to promote females in engineering as the effective way to create a diverse and inclusive talent pool for Intel and Vietnam.

Uyen has a MBA from the Columbia Southern University (CSU) and a BA in English of the HCMC Teaching University.

Ms. Sandra Cho
Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing Regional Director
SE Asia for Nike Inc.

Sandra Cho is the Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing (SM&S) Regional Director, SE Asia for Nike Inc.  In this role, Sandra is responsible for leading programs and policies in environment, health & safety, labor rights and hazardous material, providing a fair and safe workplace for 500,000 workers in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.  Nike Inc. is a $36 billion company, and manufacturing in Vietnam accounts for approximately 47% of total Nike Brand footwear and 28% of total Nike Brand apparel.  Since Nike Vietnam was established in 1995, there has been continuous growth and a critical part of Nike’s sourcing strategy is managing approximately 95 independent contract manufacturers.

Sandra has been in the corporate responsibility and sustainability field for 20+ years and joined Nike five years ago as the SM&S Licensee Manager, where she launch a long-term strategy to enhance Nike licensee corporate responsibility performance.  Then, Sandra moved on to the SM&S Labor team where she managed relationships with external partners and integrated HRM into Nike’s LEAN manufacturing ecosystem.  Prior to Nike, she was at Columbia Sportswear, where Sandraled Columbia’s licensee and Mountain Hardwear programs, partnership and adoption of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index, engagement strategy for various industry groups, and managed relationships with NGOs and the media.

In addition, Sandra has chaired the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Sustainability Working Group; served on the board of Executive Development Institute; and is a recipient of Portland Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Sandra holds a bachelors degree from University of Oregon in Journalism and Women’s Studies.


Ms. Amanda Rasmussen
Chief Operating Officer
Indo Trans Corp (ITL)

Amanda Rasmussen is the Chief Operating Officer of ITL Corp, a leading logistics and supply chain company in Vietnam and one of VNR’s TOP 50 Best companies and TOP 500 Biggest companies in Vietnam for the 12th consecutive year. ITL is a leading regional solutions provider of Aviation, Integrated Logistics, Warehousing, Freight Management, Customs and Distributions services in Vietnam and Indochina. ITL is also a leader in international and domestic eCommerce and express logistics solutions in Vietnam and operating 12 joint venture, agent or other companies and brands under the ITL portfolio in Indochina, with 2 more launches planned in 2019.

Today, ITL has 1,800+ employees with more than 70 branch offices and distribution centers in Vietnam along with offices in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand.

Amanda has 20+ years’ experience in logistics, transportation and supply chain management, having held previous roles in DHL, Maersk, Damco and running her own logistics and supply chain training and consulting company until a successful sale.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsor – Vnd 15,000,000

  • 4 complimentary tickets
  • Company Logo on backdrop and on website for the event as a Gold Sponsor
  • Company will receive a full list of participants and photo link after the event
  • 3 months Networking Online (advertising) on AmCham website

Silver Sponsor – Vnd 10,000,000

  • 2 complimentary tickets
  • Company Logo on backdrop and on website for the event as a Silver Sponsor
  • Company will receive a full list of participants and photo link after the event
  • 2 months Networking Online (advertising) on AmCham website

Bronze Sponsor – Vnd 5,000,000

  • 1 complimentary ticket
  • Company Logo on backdrop and on website for the event as a Bronze Sponsor
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