My parents escaped from Vietnam in the early 1980s after the Vietnam War. While my mom was pregnant with my older sister, they traded in the life they knew in Vietnam to pursue their dreams of immigrating to the United States.
Upon their arrival, they soon discovered that they had to make their own way with very little guidance, help, or resources. I had a very humble childhood as a result.
I took an interest in business during college, after receiving an A in my first accounting class at the University of California at Davis, as well as trying my hand in real estate investing at this time.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame’s MBA program, I was accepted into a national MBA leadership development program at a large bank, and eventually found myself working in investments and portfolio management.
As a Wealth Manager, I help high-net-worth individuals and institutions not only invest, but also manage, protect, borrow, and spend their money.
Our unique model at BNY Mellon allows me to offer my clients a seamless and streamlined experience few other private banks can provide.
I am also involved in our employee business resource group (E/BRG) IMPACT, which is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, professional development and advancement of multicultural employees, currently serving as co-chair for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. I am also a member of the Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN), our E/BRG dedicated to supporting the advancement of women at BNY Mellon. Together, we collaborate on joint events and programming.
Growing up in America, I never felt that I was better than anyone else and made friends from various races, religions, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I developed a generally optimistic disposition after seeing how much my family had gone through and the success that we have been able to achieve in the United States.
I also remember getting called racial slurs that are used against people of Chinese descent, despite my Vietnamese heritage. Individuals of Asian descent who have lived in the United States for a very long time, are often still seen as “perpetual foreigners” due to the way we look.
Through my involvement in the EBRGs, I hope I can help educate others and reduce discrimination against not only people of Asian descent, but also other underrepresented groups.
I’ve seen how hard my parents worked as Vietnamese immigrants to allow me the rare opportunity to be in the United States and achieve my dreams.