Elizabeth Nguyen Hospitality
My name is Liz Nguyen, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently finishing up my last year at the University of Cincinnati where I am majoring in Finance. I was previously two-term president for University of Cincinnati’s VSA and am currently UVSA-Midwest state representative for Ohio. UVSA-Midwest and VIA-1 in the past have provided so many opportunities for me to grow into a well-rounded, multifaceted young professional. This VIA-1, as Hospitality Director, I want to give back and provide the same positive experiences for our attendees… So take a chance, GOPHER it, and come join me for the 15th Annual Vietnamese Interacting As One Conference at the University of Minnesota! It’s going to be SOTA fun! 🙂
- Joanne Li
- Lindsay Branchini
- Michelle Tran
- Linda Vu
- Alan Nguyen
Name/Year/ Position. Is this your first-time being a VIA-1 director and/or attending the conference?
Liz Nguyen, Senior, Hospitality Director. This is my third VIA-1 conference and my first as a director!
Why did you choose to take part in the planning process? Why this committee versus the other committees?
I was a family leader at my first VIA-1. It was such an amazing experience that I knew I wanted to give back to future attendees. Along with this, I think I have a natural penchant towards being involved and helping out!
I naturally am always trying to take care of those around me, which is why I was initially interested in Hospitality. I love knowing that I can help with any and all accommodations to meet attendees’ needs so they can fully enjoy VIA-1!
Who inspires you the most?
Within UVSA-Midwest, Sean Vo inspires me the most. He is my “big bro” in Greek life, and I really do see him as a role model. He is the one who has pushed me to take on so many positions within UVSA-Midwest that I would have been too scared to go for otherwise, like Ohio representative, family leader, etc. He’s incredibly hard-working, intelligent, and ambitious–all qualities I admire.
Most memorable experience or favorite memory of VIA-1 so far?
My favorite VIA-1 memory would be when the 2015-2017 CoSR were announced at banquet almost two years ago. It was such an important moment for me because the people I shared the stage with that day became some of my most valued friends within UVSA-Midwest. As CoSR, we have been through so much together and really have become a family.
Director Question: Which committee director would you marry, impeach, and collaborate with and why?
I would definitely marry Amy Ni, the Registration Director, because she is such an amazing cook! I would get to eat so well for the rest of my life if I married her! She’s also such a sweetheart and being in her presence puts me in a better mood!
I would impeach Michelle Tran, the Co-CPP Director, because she is so freaking adorable, I can’t stand it. <3 Also because her puns are so cheesy and I’m too lactose intolerant to handle them. 😉
I would collaborate with Andy Pham, the Co-Sponsorship Director, because he is my Anh Hai and every interaction with him is a learning experience! I always gain valuable knowledge when talking to him, and he really challenges me to be a better person in every aspect, which I appreciate so much! Additionally, it would benefit both our committees to work together. We could get lots of sponsorship for Hospitality (especially for food), which would help out our overall conference budget since Hospitality is the most needful in terms of finances.