Work with women and their allies to enhance women leadership in AmCham, their workplaces, and the broader community in Vietnam.
2021 Strategic Plan
Top Priorities for 2021
Serve as a resource and support team to AmCham members to enable and empower Women in Leadership.
Create a community of peers for senior-level female executives.
Create platform for leadership skill development for entry-mid level female professionals.
Support creation of enabling environments for women to lead.
Create opportunities to showcase aspiring and established female leaders.
Establish an online library of reference materials for members and general public to ensure enduring impact.
Key Events for 2021
Establish targeted quarterly program for senior-level female executives.
Create a program for leadership skill development for entry-mid level women, both through regular meetings with speakers, and additional optional longer-term programs.
Hold a quarterly series of events in partnership with other chambers to promote enabling environments.
Top Advocacy Issues
Ensure female participation in all AmCham panel discussions.
Promote female leadership in AmCham committees and Board.
Support women leadership in other international chambers and the VBF.
Eva Szurminska Jaworska, Partner, PWC
Eva is a partner with PwC Legal Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City.
She has over 20 years of professional experience with 8 years spent with the PwC Legal services in Europe and 2 years with ILC Legal in the Washington D.C. Eva was managing partner of PwC Legal in Poland and PwC CEE Legal Leader. She was also a partner with ILC Legal, an independent law firm that is a member of the PwC network.
Eva’s principal areas of interest are mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, banking and finance as well as commercial and regulatory litigation. She advised companies from real estate, consumer goods, financial and retail sector. Eva was also advising on the various financial transactions including debt financial transactions. Separate Eva’s specialization encompasses commercial and regulatory litigation. Eva was leading counsel creating the strategy and led litigation in various causes related to unfair competition, patent litigation, commercial and employment matters’ litigation.
Eva holds Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University, Washington DC and Master Degree in Law from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. She is a member of the Polish Bar of Legal Attorneys and is licensed as a Special Legal Consultant in District of Columbia Bar, Washington D.C.
Irene Ohler, Co-founder, Lightpath Consulting Group
Irene founded Lightpath Leadership drawing on her 20+ years experience in leadership development on four continents with leaders from the corporate and government sectors. Irene has been based in Vietnam since 2012 and has since become a sought-after expert for her work to promote women leadership. Irene has pioneered a number of initiatives to inspire women: she co-authored an awarded book on Vietnamese women leaders, BaTrieu’s 21st Century Daughters. Stories of Remarkable Vietnamese Women, and founded the Women’s Storytelling Salon, an inter-cultural and inter-generational events series, in 2014, which runs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
LightPath Leadership now offers cutting edge international women leadership programmes tailored to the Vietnamese context.Irene holds a Master Degree in Sinology from Vienna University, Austria, is a certified global executive coach, and has an executive certificate: Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling and Action from Harvard Kennedy School | Executive Education.
Vice Chair, Senior-level Executive Programs
Linh Thai, Linh Thai, CEO and Founder, TVL Group
Ms. Linh Thai has over 20 years of experience in finance, marketing, and operations. Her prior roles include CEO of Vingroup Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund; Head of Strategy and Operations at VinaCapital, one of the leading asset managers in Vietnam; and Director of Investments at DFJ VinaCapital, one of Vietnam’s first venture capital funds. Linh is also a “shark” on the Vietnamese version of Shark Tank.
Linh graduated with honors from the University of Southern California and holds an MBA from The Wharton School. Linh grew up in Los Angeles, CA and has called Ho Chi Minh City home for the past 12 years. She is a mother to two daughters ages 4 years and 4 months.
Vice Chair, Entry-Mid-level Programs
Tina Tran Neville, Co-Founder and CEO, Lana Learns
Tina Tran Neville was born in Soc Trang, Vietnam and went to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in Oklahoma, attended the University of Tulsa and Yale University for graduate school, then joined the U.S. Foreign Service where she worked as a diplomat in Vietnam, Iraq, Pakistan, and Washington DC. After her diplomatic career, Tina became a teacher and afterwards an education entrepreneur with her first company Transcend Academy, which has supported over 20,000 students in U.S. university preparation and was named the Best Education Company in Washington DC for the past two years. In 2019, Tina launched Lana Learn, a corporate English training organization for multinational companies with global teams. Lana Learn’s initial market is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and will soon be expanding to the rest of Southeast Asia. Tina participated in the May 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Netherlands and in September 2019 met with U.S. Senators to promote Women in Business issues. She has received numerous business and government awards, including the U.S Department of State’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, International Business Stevie Gold Award, and Seattle’s “40 Under 40” Business Leaders.
Vice Chair, Enabling Environment Programs
Dr. Astrid Matarrita, Psychologist, Dr. Astrid Saigon Psychology & Co
Dr. Astrid specializes in clinic psychology, psychotherapy and couple’s counseling. With over 10 years of experience as a Psychotherapist and 7 years practicing abroad, Dr. Astrid is currently living and practicing in Ho Chi Minh City. Learn more at www.saigonpsychology.com
Caitlin Cassot, US Consulate
Sau Do, AETNA
Minh Nguyen, Country Manager, Vietnam, Aetna International
Minh Nguyen oversees the Vietnam market for Aetna International in Asia Pacific. In this role, she is responsible for managing relations with fronting partners and reinsurance companies, ensuring operational excellence, ensuring that international standards are provided to valued customers, exploring new market segments, and overseeing business operations nationwide. Prior to joining Aetna in 2015, Minh was with the American International Group (AIG) for nearly a decade. With her broad experience and expertise, Minh has proven to be a strong leader and strategic thinker.
Aetna is a Fortune 50 company and one of the five largest health insurers in the United States, providing 46.7 million people with coverage, information, and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their healthcare. CVS is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S, with integrated offerings across the spectrum of pharmacy care, serving 5 million customers every day. The recent merger of CVS Health and Aetna will result in USD $260 billion in annual sales, making it the second largest corporation in the United States and the seventh largest corporation in the world by revenue.
Aetna continues to rapidly expand across Asia, most recently by licensing in Hong Kong in 2018 and acquiring Bupa Thailand in 2017. In 2016, Aetna launched its Asian Innovation Hub in Singapore, which seeks to develop region-specific health solutions tailored for local markets in Asia. Vietnam is the fastest growing insurance market in the world and has one of the fastest growing ultra-high net worth (UHNW) populations. Aetna has the ambitious vision to bring high quality and affordable healthcare to many more Vietnamese by bringing new options that go ‘broader and deeper’ into the local health care market.
2021 Meeting Schedule
The Committee meeting is organised monthly and open for members only.
What a wonderful turn-out at our Women in Leadership Wellness Event!
The evening explored yoga practices for office and home that refreshed and energized the audience, guided by Robin Shepard. Members also gained fresh insights from Dr. Basma M’Barek on new data and facts on breast cancer causes and prevention methods. The event wrapped up with Q&A session on the impact of breast cancer and education opportunities with Mr. Chris Blank of Pharmacity and Dr. Basma of FV Hospital.
Thank you to our evening’s host Nike, as well as our other sponsors, speakers and the engaged audience that made our wellness event a success!
191007 Women in Leadership October Committee Meeting
Our Women in Leadership committee had a full house for its October planning meeting. Members offered their ideas, time and talent to help plan for a robust 2020 for this initiative. Up Next: WIL’s wellness event hosted at Nike’s corporate offices on October 29th at 5:30.
191002 Business Investing in Women
A special thank you to Intel’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Suzanne Fallender, who presented at our Business Investing in Women event. Suzanne shared ideas and strategies through various Intel case studies on global and local diversity and inclusion programs that have made a positive impact on Intel’s hiring and retention of women in various technical fields and in community outreach. As Suzanne put it, a company will make “better business decisions if it has an inclusive culture.” Thank you AmCham members for your engaging dialogue and participation!
190612 Women in Leadership presents its Female Empowerment Social
This event features guest speaker, Dr. Astrid Matarrita-Chinchilla, clinical psychologist with Saigon Psychology & Counseling, who will share with us the value of female empowerment that can be achieved through each other. It is the unification of gender and solidarity among friends where women can achieve even greater successes and personal fulfillment. As Dr. Astrid puts it, “It’s Pho for the Soul!”
On 10 April, AmCham Vietnam’s Women in Leadership Committee hosted its inaugural event to a sold-out audience. The Morning Briefing offered participants robust networking and an interactive morning learning from experienced women leaders in Vietnam who shared valuable insights and information on identifying what it means to be a leader. Our keynote speaker, Irene Ohler, presented information on the traits necessary to lead in the world tomorrow, as well as the four leadership archetypes. Our guest panelists and speaker also answered audience questions on various topics, including information on their own leadership styles and overcoming challenges and barriers to their career development.
Some of the more poignant messages shared with the women professionals in attendance included:
“Clarity creates confidence.”
“Find your role models… have a vision for yourself. Lead yourself.”
“Be true to your authentic self.”
“Sometimes a warrior has to come out.”
“Be more kind to yourself…Believe in yourself.”
Special thank you the event’s sponsor Gamuda Land and to our speaker and panelists:
Ms. Irene Ohler, an Author, Consultant and Coach inLeadership.She is the co-author of an award winning book on VietnameseWomen Leaders, ‘Ba Trieu’s 21st Century Daughters’. In her business, iglobal, Irene focuses on preparing future leaders for their next role, andgetting people into the mindset to move ahead. http://www.iglobal-coaching.com/
Moderator: Ms. Amanda Rasmussen, AmCham’s Chairperson and Chief Operating Officer of ITL Corp
Ms. Mary Tarnowka, Consul General, U.S. Consulate inVietnam
Ms. Uyen Ho, Director, Global Public Affairs, Intel Vietnam and Malaysia
Ms. Sandra Cho, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing RegionalDirector, SE Asia for Nike Inc., and member of AmCham Vietnam Board of Governors