RMIT Vietnam NewsGraduate seeks to empower women

Graduate seeks to empower women

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 09:56

Recent RMIT Vietnam graduate Tran Vo Thanh Truc is an emerging leader who is using her entrepreneurial skills to empower women in Vietnam.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) program – with distinction – Truc’s vision is much more expansive than simply becoming a business leader. She is currently working with the recently formed FounderGirls community to empower Vietnamese women around the world.

“The reason I joined the FounderGirls, a social enterprise start-up, is to empower Vietnamese females worldwide so that they can lead themselves and make sustainable impact on their surroundings,” Truc said.

RMIT Vietnam student Tran Vo Thanh Truc with her family at the 2016 RMIT Vietnam graduation ceremony.

One of Truc’s roles is external relations for the organisation and its inaugural FounderGirls Summit in December.

“The event attracted more than 300 women and men to discuss women’s rights, wellbeing, creativity, development, entrepreneurship and moving forward,” Truc explained.

“I was truly inspired by the commitment of everyone involved to empower and improve the lives of Vietnamese women.

“And I’m glad that I was able to use my entrepreneurial skills including calmness, critical thinking, resiliency and risk management to get such a worthwhile organisation and event off the ground.”

Truc’s journey to this point in her career started with a decision to study business and to eventually take over her family’s business. But during her university years, this plan changed.

“Throughout my university journey, the more I studied, the more thrilled I was to discover how much I related to entrepreneurship,” Truc said.

“This includes my personality, capabilities, passions, potential, and the people I have encountered.”

The fresh graduate believes the university environment nurtures entrepreneurial spirit and mindset.

“My journey at RMIT was remarkable,” Truc recalls. “I became the RMIT Vietnam Business Club President, a student-initiated organisation, where my team and I were fully responsible for initiating ideas, planning as well as organising a number of successful events.”

Truc was also the only RMIT Vietnam student selected to join Bright Sparks, an initiative of RMIT University’s College of Business in Melbourne in November 2016. At that conference she had the opportunity to develop her leadership skills and build her professional network through workshops and community activities.

Tran Vo Thanh Truc at Bright Sparks in Australia.

“It was such a pleasure for me to join a great program, to meet gifted leaders and to get inspired by emotional stories,” Truc said of the Bright Sparks program.

“The program has helped equip me for all of my upcoming quests and to becoming part of the next generation of female leaders in Vietnam.”

Truc’s upcoming priorities are to revitalise her family business in the tennis industry while continuing to support social activities for women and youth development. She will also attend the next stage of Bright Sparks in San Francisco, United States, in February 2017, for two weeks.

Story: Thuy Le