Who's Who
Frances Hesselbein

Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) and its Founding President. Mrs. Hesselbein was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor by President Clinton, in 1998. The award recognized her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, her role as the Founding President of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.”  Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

In 2009 she was appointed as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  She is not only the first woman appointee; she is also the first non-graduate of West Point to hold the position of Chair for the Study of Leadership.  Her latest book “My Life in Leadership” has won many praises from prominent thought leaders.

Dan Huynh

Dan Huynh is President of Union of North American Vietnamese Students Associations (uNAVSA). Mr. Huynh began his involvement with the Vietnamese-American youth community during his sophomore year of college. Since then, he has discovered a new sense of identity grounded in his Vietnamese heritage and has spent the following years working with and giving back to that same community. He previously served as President of the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest (UVSA-MW), helping guide the organization through its first two years of inception. Prior to this, he served as the President of the Vietnamese Student Association of Minnesota (VSAM). Mr. Huynh is a graduate of the University of Saint Thomas, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Management. Dan is a technology enthusiast and a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan.

John Anner

John Anner is the President of the East Meets West (EWM) Foundation since early 2002. He has spent his whole career in the non-profit and social change sector, starting with two years working in agriculture in rural West Africa in the early 1980s. He has worked in Central America as well as Africa and Asia. John led the development of EWM’s clean water, education and health care programs in Vietnam.  John has also led the expansion of EMW from Vietnam to Laos, Cambodia, East Timor, India and the Philippines. John has led efforts to build partnerships with many Vietnamese-American organizations, including Friends of Hue, Pacific Links, VSVN, and VN Help.

Prior to EMW, John was the Publications Director at the Center for Third World Organizing for seven years where he founded and published Third Force magazine (now called ColorLines), and then the founding director of the Independent Press Association until he started at EMW. He also worked as the executive editor of Nicaraguan Perspectives magazine. He holds an MS in International Development from UC Davis.

Linda Akutagawa

Linda Akutagawa is the Sr. Vice President of Resource & Business Development for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP).  She develops and implements LEAP’s marketing & sales strategy for its programs and services.  She also manages and maintains relationships with LEAP’s diverse constituents ranging from Board members, program alumni, community organizations, corporations, student organizations, universities and employee network groups.

Ms. Akutagawa speaks and presents nationally on topics such as leadership, Asian Pacific American issues, employee network groups, diversity and networking and relationship building to a range of audiences such as corporations, student groups and community and professional organizations.  Previous to joining LEAP, Linda was the Marketing Manager for Japan and Orient Tours, a tour operator specializing in Asia and the Pacific.  In her 16th year at LEAP, Linda received her B.S. in International Business with a minor in Economics from California State University at Los Angeles. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of BPSOS-Orange County, CA.

Nathan Nguyen

Nathan Nguyen is serial entrepreneur who became a self made millionaire while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California. Understanding that his successes were merely a reflection of his great mentors, he finds it humbling to have the opportunity to accept his life mission in giving back helping others around the world achieve their own individual dreams and aspirations especially students to succeed in and outside the classroom walls.

As an immigrant from Vietnam who came to the United States when he was 5 years old in 1991, Nathan feels extremely blessed to be in America with his mom and dad, 2 older sisters, and 3 older brothers. Thanks to his family's financial hardship, Nathan found great inspiration and strength in his family's situation to be a pioneer for his family. His goal was simple. Nathan wanted his parents to live the American dream and thank them for all their sacrifices they endured for the family. In his local community, Nathan serves as a board member for the Anaheim YMCA and the Orange County Entrepreneur’s Organization. Some of Nathan’s entrepreneur successes were highlighted in the recent international bestselling books; Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teenage Soul and The Richest Kids in America. He was interviewed live on CNBC spotlighting him as one of the youngest self-made millionaire and also on SBTN. In March & April of 2011, Nathan was on featured on the cover of Music Inc. Magazine, an international leading music industry magazine for music retailers, with the cover story on how Nathan’s business is the new future of the musical instrument industry.

Janet Nguyen

Janet has been an Owner/Broker of Janet Nguyen Properties since 2005. Janet is a Certified Luxury Marketing Specialist and earned a Million Dollar Guild designator from the Institute of Luxury Marketing Specialist since 2006. The Certification and Guild designation is given to institute members who represented transactions with values in the top 10% of their market and priced over a million. Janet specializes in one of the most prestigious markets in Houston. Janet is a Member of the Greater Houston Luxury Homes Connection and the Asian Chamber of Commerce. She also provides client with design work. She represented developers in acquiring tracks of land in one of the top master-planned community developments in the US.

Janet is a co-founder and president of the non-profit Care for the Underprivileged and a board of advisor of the Houston branch of BPSOS. She co-chaired fundraising against human trafficking and is involved in many other fundraisers for CFU, Catholic schools and churches. Janet graduated with a BBA in MIS from the University of Houston in 1987. She worked in the information technology field for the oil and gas marketing and trading industry before becoming an entrepreneur.


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