"The Art of Leadership" - by Dr. Robert Ivany


Statement of Senator John McCain, Recipient of Spirit of Liberty Award

Senator John McCain congratulated BPSOS and delegates at the first National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders.

A Message from Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of CAPAC, to BPSOS

Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, congratulated BPSOS on its 30-Year Anniversary Gala.

Registration Closes For Both Summit and Gala
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We are pleased to announce that we have surpassed our hosting goals and capacity with 230+ delegates attending the Summit and 400 guests attending the Gala.

We do not provide on-site registration and will not respond to further event registration inquiries.

Thank you for your support!

Congressman Christopher Smith, recipient of Spirit of Liberty Award at BPSOS Gala
Gala Awardees


First elected to Congress at the age of 27, Congressman Chris Smith has earned the reputation as a courageous advocate for the people, the go-to-guy, and a “bulldog” in seeing a cause through.

According to the congressional watchdog organization, GovTrack.us, which monitors lawmaking performance over the past two decades, Congressman Smith ranks second out of all 435 members of the House of Representatives in authoring bills that have been successfully enacted into law, a clear indication of Congressman Smith’s legislative skill and ability to get things done.

As the leader of key international relations panels and subcommittees, he has been at the forefront of our nation's foreign policy battles for almost 30 years, including efforts to promote human rights and democracy, enhance national security, combat global terrorism, and stop the evils of slavery and anti-Semitism once and for all. In early 2010, the Times of Trenton saluted Congressman Smith noting his “hands-on advocacy” in consistently helping US citizens forced to negotiate a thicket of international laws and said Congressman Smith “has championed the rights of individuals caught in a vortex of foreign laws and lawlessness.”

Congressman Smith is best known among Vietnamese Americans for his successful effort to stop the forced repatriation of tens of thousand Vietnamese boat people in 1995—his legislative initiative led to the creation of the Resettlement Opportunity for Vietnamese Returnees (ROVR), which has resettled of over 18,000 former boat people after their repatriation to Vietnam. This program was later extended to resettle close to 2,000 former boat people stranded in the Philippines. For a decade and a half Congressman Smith has been a staunch champion for freedom and democracy in Vietnam.

Congressman Smith co-chairs the Vietnam Congressional Caucus.


Founders of BPSOS to be presented Community Legacy Award at BPSOS Gala
Gala Awardees


We would like to honor BPSOS’ founders for their outstanding services and contributions toward organization’s mission. Without their personal sacrifice, solid determination, long-term dedication and commitment, we would not have BPSOS today. The Community Legacy Award goes to:

  1. Dr. Nguyen Huu Xuong
  2. Mr. Phan Lac Tiep
  3. Mr. Nhat Tien
  4. Mr. & Mrs. Duong Phuc & Vu Thanh Thuy
  5. Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Ky
  6. Dr. Dinh Xuan Anh Tuan
  7. Mrs. Truong Anh Thuy
  8. Mr. Le Tri Hung
  9. Professor Nguyen Ngoc Bich
  10. Ms. Lollichon Lyne
  11. Ms. Pham Ngoc Phuong
  12. Mrs. Nguyen Thanh Thuy
  13. Mr. Truong Hong Son
  14. Mr. Ho Buu
  15. Dr. Ton Nu Hoang Anh
  16. Mr. Barr Chau
  17. Ms. Luu Anh Hang
  18. Mr. Dinh Quang Anh Tuan
  19. Mrs. Lowman  Hiep
  20. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang

Senator John McCain, recipient of Spirit of Liberty Award at BPSOS Gala
Gala Awardees


Senator John McCain has a remarkable record of leadership and experience that embodies his unwavering lifetime commitment to service. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982, John has led the fight for reforming Washington, eliminating wasteful government spending, and strengthening our nation's armed forces.

Senator McCain's reform agenda to reduce federal spending and lower taxes quickly elevated him to statewide office and he was elected to the United States Senate in 1986, after serving two terms in the U.S. House.

In the Senate, he continued to demand that Congress put an end to loopholes for special interests and fix the broken system in Washington that too often allows lobbyists to write legislation and members of Congress to waste taxpayer money. In November of 2010, Senator McCain was overwhelmingly reelected with nearly sixty percent of the vote.

Former United States Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees to deliver Opening Remarks at BPSOS Gala
Gala Speakers

Grover Joseph Rees, a native and resident of Louisiana, served as the first United States Ambassador to East Timor from 2002 to 2006. Since January 2009, he has worked with BPSOS as Senior Counselor for International Initiatives.

From October 2006 until January 2009 Ambassador Rees served as Special Representative for Social Issues in the U.S. Department of State.  He was responsible for promoting human dignity, including issues affecting vulnerable persons and the family, within the United Nations system.  He served as Acting U.S. Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Counsel during the fall 2007 session of the UN General Assembly and also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations.

From 1995 until 2002 Rees was a senior staff member on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the United States House of Representatives, where he was responsible for human rights and refugee protection and played a major role in the drafting and enactment of important human rights legislation including the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the International Religious Freedom Act, and the Torture Victims Relief Act.

Ambassador Rees also formerly served as General Counsel of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (1991-93), as Chief Justice of the High Court of American Samoa (1986-1991), and as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the United States (1985-86).

Prior to his work in Washington, Rees served for seven years as a law professor at the University of Texas.  He has written and spoken widely on international law, human rights, refugees, and related issues.

Rees obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Louisiana State University Law School, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Louisiana Law Review and was selected for the academic honor society Order of the Coif.

Rees was born in New Orleans, the oldest of 12 children.  He is married to Lan Dai Nguyen Rees and has one son.  He retired from government service in January 2009 and now lives and works in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In addition to English, Ambassador Rees speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, Samoan, and Tetum.


Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II to make Welcoming Remarks at BPSOS Gala
Gala Speakers


Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II was elected Attorney General of Virginia and sworn into office on January 16, 2010.  As Attorney General, he is responsible for overseeing an office of more than 300 attorneys and staff.

Prior to serving as attorney general, he served in the Senate of Virginia from August 2002 to January 2010.  As a state senator and private attorney, he worked to improve the Commonwealth's mental health system.  In private practice, he served as a court-appointed attorney for individuals in Virginia’s involuntary civil commitment process.  After joining the Senate in 2002, he passed legislation that provided for more humane treatment of the mentally ill.

He has also been a champion for Virginian’s property rights, sponsoring a law (and now backing a constitutional amendment) to dramatically curb the state’s eminent domain power, so private land can no longer be taken by government from one private owner and given to another, merely to increase tax revenues, economic development, or private gain.

He made government more transparent and accountable to its citizens by sponsoring a law to put the state’s detailed budget online in a format that citizens could easily understand.

As attorney general, Mr. Cuccinelli works to protect consumers from scams and fraud, take the worst sexually violent predators out of our communities, put gang members in jail, and save taxpayers millions each year by prosecuting Medicaid fraud in the commonwealth.

As a state senator, Ken Cuccinelli led the fight to defend constitutional rights, stop tax increases, protect life and families, and keep Virginia a low-regulation and pro-business state. Ken's Commissions included service on the Public / Private Partnership Advisory Commission, Commission on the Prevention of Human Trafficking, Joint Subcommittee to Study Liability Protections for Health Care Providers, and Virginia Supreme Court Commission on Mental Health in the Justice System. Ken also had a strong record of supporting our police officers as they protect our communities. He passed legislation that stopped local governments from unfairly exploiting our law enforcement officers’ overtime work.

Ken was a small business owner and partner in the law firm of Cuccinelli & Day, PLLC, in Fairfax.  He was a business law attorney with a particular focus on serving as an outsourced general counsel to small and mid-sized companies.

Attorney General Cuccinelli earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, and his juris doctor from the George Mason University School of Law and Economics.


Scholarship Opportunities for Students To Attend Track 1 (Political Empowerment) of the Summit
Summit Generals

Scholarship opportunities are available for students to attend Track 1 (Public Service & Political Empowerment) of the National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders.



National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders

Track1 Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: Friday, June 17, 2011 @ midnight

Email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Eligibility Requirements:

1.  Applicants must be enrolled, intend to be enrolled, or has been accepted for enrollment as a student at an accredited high school, undergraduate college or graduate program.

2.  Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident.

3.  Applicants must demonstrate financial needs.

4. Applicants must agree to have their essays, names and photos published in the Summit news media or website as recipients of the Track 1 Scholarship Fund.

5. For local applicants, scholarship money will go to their Summit & Gala registration fees. For out-of-town applicants, full scholarships at $500 or partial scholarships at $250 will be provided to cover their Summit & Gala registration fees ($200) and hotel lodging at the Capital Hilton. All recipients need to register in advance and receive their reimbursement checks when they arrive at the Summit.


Download Scholarship Application Here!



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