november, 2019

nov14BBGV Breakfast Seminar: Women In Business - Resilience and the Art of Bouncing Back

Event Details

We all have a capacity to recover quickly and effectively from challenges and crises, but why does it seem that some of us are more resilient than others? What does resilience look like for women in the workplace? Do we need to be more resilient than men, or, resilient to a different kind of challenges?

Join us for a discussion with a panel of accomplished professional women from across different sectors, sharing their experiences of bouncing back, and how they cultivate emotional strength.

Event details:
Date: Thursday, 14 Nov 2019
Time: 08:00 to 11:00 Breakfast
Venue: Mai House Saigon Hotel, 1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, Phuong 6, Quan 3, HCM

8:00 – 8:30         Registration, networking, and refreshments
8:30 – 8:40         Introductions: “What is Resilience?”
                           Irene Ohler, Executive Coach and Founder, Lightpath Leadership
8:40 – 8:55         “Emotional Resilience in Law Enforcement”
                            Marie Andersson, Liaison Officer to HCMC, Australian Federal Police, Australian Embassy
8:55 – 9:10         “Building Resilience at Work”
                            Le Hang Quyen, Business Development Manager, DWP
9:10 – 9:25          “Community Resilience”
                            Lam Ngoc Thao, Executive Director, LIN Center for Community Development
9:25 – 11:00        Panel Discussion and Q&A

Irene Ohler
Executive Coach and Founder, Lightpath Leadership

 Irene has been based in Vietnam since 2012, and has since become a sought-after expert for her work to promote women leadership. She is the co-author of a best-selling book on Vietnamese women leaders, BaTrieu’s 21st Century Daughters. She also founded a unique live event series in 2014 in Hanoi and HCMC, the Women’s Storytelling Salon, where professional women celebrate their experiences and successes.

 Irene has more than 20 years of international experience in HR development, having worked with Fortune 500 corporates and governments in Europe, China, Brazil, New Zealand and Vietnam as an executive coach and consultant.

2019 saw the birth of LightPath Leadership, which combines Irene’s deep experience in executive coaching, intercultural consulting, and the power of storytelling with the mission to ignite leadership in individuals and support organisations to nurture and maintain talent.

As part of this, LightPath Leadership is now offering cutting edge international women leadership programmes tailored to the Vietnamese context.


Marie Andersson
Liaison Officer to HCMC, Australian Federal Police, Australian Embassy

Marie commenced working for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in 2003. She is currently the AFP Liaison Officer to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam and advisor to the Vietnam Australia Joint Transnational Crime Centre (JTCC).

Prior to this Marie was leading a team of officers within the Crime Operations portfolio in Sydney, Australia responsible for investigating offences against Commonwealth Legislation; such as, importation of narcotics, fraud, assault and counterfeit currency.

Internationally, in September 2004, Marie was deployed to Jakarta, Indonesia for 6 months to assist in the investigation of the Australian Embassy bombing. In October 2005, Marie was deployed to Bali, Indonesia in response to the second Bali bombings. Both times she worked closely with Indonesian Police to locate the terrorists responsible.

In Australia, Marie was part of the largest Counter Terrorism prosecution in the country, Operation Pendennis-Eden, involving nine defendants who were planning to carry out a terrorist attack in 2005.  Marie has also worked in the Professional Standards portfolio.

Marie has a particular passion in her career to see Gender Equity in Policing. In Sydney, Marie chaired the Sydney Women’s Group hosting events to encourage the promotion, fulfilment and wellbeing of women in the AFP.

Le Hang Quyen
HR, Office and Business Development Manager, DWP

 As part of the senior leadership team at DWP, Quyen provides full HR professional operational and strategic support to the business. She is a proactive business partner who drives, influences, advises and supports the cultural and people aspects of all organizational change, people process and business improvement initiatives to improve organizational effectiveness and people management to support growth. During her time at DWP, she has provided both transformational advice and transactional support across all key areas of HR including recruitment, on boarding, workforce planning, retention, reward, organizational design, employee relations and people development.


Lam Ngoc Thao
Executive Director, LIN Center for Community Development

 Thao has been LIN’s Executive Director since August 2019. She joined LIN in September 2017 as Finance Director, where she had oversight of all financial and operational functions, including budgeting, forecasting, internal control system, working with donors on grant proposal budgets and financial reporting, communication with Governmental Departments to ensure that the organization’s governance and finance system complied with Governmental regulations, and advised the senior management team and Board of Director on governance decisions. She is described by her colleagues and associates as a trusted partner, a collaborative leader and a relationship builder who deeply commits to the organization’s mission and the community.

Prior to LIN, Thao had seven years of financial management experience in the nonprofit sector.  She also was a university lecturer in business finance and has mentored nonprofit emerging leaders on internal controls.

In early 2018, Thao was selected to participate in the US Government’s “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative” professional program. This exchange program provided an opportunity to broaden her leadership skills and build a wide network with American partners and emerging leaders from different countries who work in the community development sector.

Thao believes that every individual has the ability to make the world a better place, and “the way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community” (Jeff Bridges). This inspires her to align herself to the Community Development sector.


(Thursday) 8:00 am - 11:00 am


Mai House Saigon Hotel, No.1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem Street, D.3, HCMC.