Dr. Robert Ivany, President of University of St. Thomas and former President of U.S. Army War College, to address the Summit
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Falls Church, Virginia | June 13, 2011 - BPSOS is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Ivany, President of University of St. Thomas, former President of U.S. Army War College, will address the Summit during its opening plenary session on July 2, 2011 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Dr. Robert Ivany currently serves as the eighth president of the University of St. Thomas. After graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point he served as an armored cavalry officer in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action and was decorated for valor. He subsequently led soldiers in the United States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the Federal Republic of Germany. When not assigned to troop units, he assisted several nations in the transformation of their armed forces, including stints in Hungary, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. He served as the Army Aide to the President of the United States from 1984 to 1986. As the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, he directed a diverse organization of 5500 civilian and military employees based on seven installations in three states and the District of Columbia.

Prior to his retirement from the Army with the rank of Major General, Dr. Ivany had presided over one of the nation's most respected institutions for the education of strategic leaders: the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; he instituted programs to develop the next generation of military and civilian leaders from the United States and 42 foreign countries to meet the challenges of cultural change, organizational transformation and a drastically altered national security environment. He also served as an assistant professor of history and as a football coach at the Military Academy at West Point. He received a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Following his retirement, he joined the faculty of the Columbia School of Business as an adjutant professor in Executive Education. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the Army and his nation.

Experience July 4th in DC
Summit Generals

The Fourth of July weekend is a special celebration for all Americans.

And for delegates at the National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders, this July 4th weekend in Washington, DC is going to be epic!

Below is a full schedule of activities for Summit delegates during the July 4th weekend in Washington, DC.


6PM: Summit Networking and Happy Hour

Mix and mingle with your fellow delegates and committee leaders before the Summit begins at our Networking and Happy Hour! Swap business cards, make new friends, have quality discussions, or just raise a glass as we kick off this historic event. Enjoy drink specials at an exclusive venue just steps from the Capital Hilton hotel.

LIMA Restaurant & Lounge |Vetro
1401 K Street NW, Suite M103 Washington DC 20005

Contact Event Coordinator Ylan Mui at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions.

Over 100 Delegates from 16 States plus District of Columbia Signed Up. Track Programming to Be Released in Early June.
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Alabama * California * District of Columbia * Florida * Georgia * Illinois * Louisiana * Maryland * Minnesota * Mississippi * New Jersey * North Carolina * Oregon * Pennsylvania * Texas * Virginia * Washington


With the first ever National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders being only five weeks away, prominent Vietnamese Americans in various disciplines from around the country are building delegations to participate in this historic community organizing effort. So far, over 100 delegates coming from 16 states and the District of Columbia have signed up to be in Washington, DC this July 2nd. Many delegations will have delegates participating in all three tracks.  Some, like the Atlanta, Georgia delegation, are expected to have strong presence at the Summit, with over 20 delegates attending.

Are you currently part of your local delegation? Do you want to help build and/or lead a delegation from your state? Contact us immediately for more information.

Top Ten Reasons To Be At The Summit
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1. THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO MAKE OUR OWN HISTORY. 36 years are long enough to be victims, to mourn our past, to struggle for survival. Let's make 2011 the year for big ideas and effective actions. As the first ever national gathering of Vietnamese American leaders from all three sectors to create a national platform for the next decade, the Summit is a historic organizing effort in 36 years of Vietnamese American history.

2. BIG IDEAS AND INSPIRING SPEAKERS. From a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA to to the first Vietnamese American to serve in Congress, the Summit features an all-star cast of inspiring leaders and trailblazers. It promises to be action-packed as well, with the official launch of "500 Leaders in 5 Years" Leadership Development Initiative and the first Vietnamese American research institute.

Ten Honorary Co-Chairs Joining Hands Together to Give Support to BPSOS 30-Year Anniversary Gala.
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Falls Church, Virginia | May 13, 2011 - BPSOS is proud to announce the support of:

  • Senator John Cornyn, III
  • Former Congressman Anh Joseph Cao
  • Ambassador Grover Joseph Rees, III (ret.)
  • Vietnamese American actress and humanitarian Kieu Chinh
  • Congressman Christopher Smith
  • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
  • Congressman Mike Honda
  • Professor Charles Cuong Nguyen
  • Congressman Christopher Van Hollen, Jr.
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Click here to learn more about our honorary co-chairs.


The Vietnamese-American experience started with the bitter end of the Vietnam War in 1975, in which 50,000 Americans and some 500,000 South Vietnamese gave their lives. In coming to the shores of “the land of the free,” Vietnamese refugees brought with them five thousand years of tradition, a vibrant culture, and a treasure-trove of personal stories.

Photo: Fourth of July parade in Washington, DC (The Washington Post)

In three and half decades since the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the Vietnamese American community has grown by leaps and bounds.  Some 130,000 Vietnamese-owned businesses contribute extensively to the economic and job growth of this country. Vietnamese Americans represent practically every professional field. Studies have shown that as a community, Vietnamese Americans’ rates of civic assimilation were the highest among all large immigrant groups.

Ken Cuccinelli Confirmed. One More Day to Get Early Bird Discounts.
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The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia, confirmed today that he will address the 30-Year Anniversary Gala of BPSOS, which concludes the day-long National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders on July 2nd, 2011.

Both events will be the most significant Vietnamese American events of the year.

The Summit is the first ever gathering of Vietnamese American leaders from all three sectors - government, business, and social, to discuss community priorities and to develop a comprehensive platform of empowerment for the next decade.

The Gala is BPSOS' official celebration of its 30 years of service to the community and 35 years of Vietnamese American history.

Join hundreds of the most prominent Vietnamese Americans as well as non-Vietnamese dignitaries and leaders from across the nation at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC for a memorable and high-impact July 4th weekend celebration.

Hollywood Icon and Humanitarian Tippi Hedren to be presented the Service of Humanity Award at BPSOS Gala
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Falls Church, Virginia | May 09, 2011 – BPSOS will present its “Service of Humanity” Award to the iconic star and humanitarian Tippi Hedren at its 30-year anniversary gala in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The award is presented to individuals who make notable contributions to the betterment of humanity and show compassion and diligence in their fight for human rights and dignity.

Discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren was cast in her two most notable films The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). Hedren’s contributions to world cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards in France at The Beauvais Film Festival Cinemalia 1994; in Spain, by the Fundacion Municipal De Cine in 1995; and The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 2011. In 1999, Hedren was honored as “Woman of Vision” by Women in Film and Video in Washington, D.C., and received the Presidential Medal for her work in film from Hofstra University. She received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Humane Society (HSUS) in 2009. She received a Golden Globe for her performance in The Birds and in June 2011 received the “Women Together Award” founded by the Queen of Spain and presented by the United Nations.

Hedren has devoted much time and effort to charitable causes; most notable among them was her volunteer work as International Relief Coordinator for “Food For The Hungry” Project for four years. Her efforts working with the Vietnamese American community stemmed from her providing career guidance to a nucleus of only 20 Vietnamese refugee women – fled from a war-torn country in the aftermath of April 30, 1975 – whom she arranged to receive training as manicurists in 1975. Hoping to rebuild their lives and providing a safer environment for their families in the “land of the free,” the women quickly learned the new job skills and sought after the nail industry with Hedren’s compassionate support. The pioneering work of that initial group of 20 set the foundation for a thriving beauty service industry. Currently, there are over 100,000 manicuring shops in the U.S. operated by Vietnamese Americans – a significant entrepreneurial success for the large population of Vietnamese newcomers to support their families and send their children to school.

How it began, in Hedren’s own words:

Viet Dinh, Georgetown law professor and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy, to Deliver the Keynote Address at BPSOS Gala
Gala Speakers
Viet D. Dinh is Professor of Law and Co-Director of Asian Law and Policy Studies at the Georgetown University Law Center. Dinh was U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003. As the official responsible for federal legal policy, Dinh helped develop initiatives to reduce demand for illicit drugs, eliminate racial profiling in federal law enforcement, protect children from exploitation, combat human trafficking, develop DNA technology, reduce gun violence, and reform civil and criminal justice procedures.

After 9/11, Dinh conducted a comprehensive review and revision of Department of Justice priorities, policies and practices to ensure that all available resources are dedicated to protecting America against terrorist acts. He played a key role in developing the US Patriot Act and revising the Attorney General’s guidelines, which govern federal law enforcement activities and national security investigations. Dinh also represented the Department of Justice in selecting and confirming federal judges, contributing to the appointment of 100 district judges and 23 appellate judges during his tenure.


Summit Leaders Reflect on April 30th
Summit Generals

Andy H. Nguyen, Tarrant County Commissioner, Texas:

“April 30, 2011 marks exactly 36 years since the Fall of the Republic of Vietnam. I was eight years old then and witnessed my father being held at gun point. The first generation of Vietnamese Americans had done all that they could for our families and communities; now it is our turn to lead. Please pray for us so we may have the wisdom to chart the right path and the courage to lead the way. The National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders in Washington, DC on July 2nd this year is a new rally point for a brighter future. The choice is yours and mine. I hope to see you at the Summit.”


Lieutenant Commander Chris Phan, United States Navy JAG Corps:

“From darkness and despair, we have light and hope.  Like the phoenix, we rise from the ashes to forge a strong and united future, free of tyranny and oppression.  We must build on our accomplishments to form a better tomorrow for our children, community, and country.  United we stand!”

Washington Post Journalist Ylan Mui to serve as Master of Ceremonies for BPSOS Gala
Press Releases

Falls Church, Virginia | April 20, 2011 - BPSOS is pleased to announce that Ylan Mui will be serving as the Master of Ceremonies at the organization's 30-Year Anniversary Gala to be held on July 2, 2011 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Ylan Q. Mui is a financial reporter at The Washington Post covering consumers and the economy. She has interviewed CEOs at the nation's largest companies, leading politicians and senior government officials as well as unemployed workers, distraught fishermen and disaster victims. She frequently appears on MSNBC, CNBC and National Public Radio and has filed stories from Vietnam, Brazil, Las Vegas and the Gulf Coast.

Frances Hesselbein, President of Leader to Leader Institute and former CEO of Girl Scouts of America, will deliver the Summit's Keynote Address
Summit Speakers
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 awarded 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.



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