Tips From Kectil Intern Huong Nguyen (Vietnam)

Kectil News 129 Comments

Greetings all Kectil Colleague Cohort 2020!

I’m Huong Nguyen – Kectil Colleague 2018, Local Coordinator of Kectil South-East Asia Regional Conference 2019 and I am so happy to coordinate Kectil Program 2020 for the next three months! I come from a country where our grandparents’ and parents’ lives were shaped by war, but we the young generation are striving for a new national identity and want to push it forward! With this acknowledgement, I would say educational opportunities like Kectil are truly worthy for us. Two years with the Kectil Program have allowed me to grow so much as a person. Kectil teaches me that the greatest change comes from the smallest actions, and actions must start with the right attitude. The diverse Kectil community in terms of nationality, religion and profession is something I am truly grateful for. We are from different backgrounds but working on universal issues and thus become a blended group of youth. Graduating from cohort 2018, I have been pursuing my main job as a growth marketing consultant and with my team members back home running F-Group Vietnam – a non-profit organization supporting free market in the country. 

To welcome you to The Kectil Program 2020, I would like to share three main Kectil highlights that have meant a lot to me since I first joined!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY TWO-YEARS WITH KECTIL PROGRAM

#1 Kectil Program – January 2018

After experience with a magazine launched and operated by Africans, a Japanese start-up and Indian firms, I was still awestruck by how diverse my Kectil cohort was! I must say that I am one of very first Asians in general, and Vietnamese in particular, to join the Kectil program. I am proud to be a part of this multi-cultural community. Both global and national issues are welcomed to be brought into the table with honest discussion. I started to have hours-long talks with friends from Colombia and the Middle East about the economy and entrepreneurship, which I’m always interested in.

#2 Kectil South-East Asia Regional Conference in Hanoi – May 2019

Ms. Sherry Knowles flew all the way from the States to Hanoi to meet the young generation of my country Vietnam, and I couldn’t thank her more properly than bring this rewarding opportunity to potential Kectil colleagues! Some participants later sent me private message to express their interest to join the program as they were impressed with the story of Uganda (presented by my colleague Joel Odota) and want to learn from more countries like that. I then had a define ambition of expanding Vietnamese Kectil Community!

#3 Atlanta Leadership Conference – July 2020

Eventually, I had the great opportunity to meet my colleagues in person! As one of the about 25 Kectil youth selected from 700 youth in 2018 program, we were all so excited to visit Atlanta for the first time in our lives. This experience is totally different from virtual conversations that we had during the past months, as we could sit around, talk in depth and enrich our knowledge and give each other meaningful recommendations. My knowledge horizon was broadened with the wisdom shared by my colleagues. My spirit was inspired by their hopefulness of future: “I want to help the people with nothing become something and then one day they will rise up and help make a better future” and “We believe change can happen through us and not just to us.” After 10 days, I went back home with a strong determination of continue joining Kectil in the journey of making the world a better place. Since then, we still keep inspiring and motivating each other and I was even able to connect some Vietnamese young minds with brilliant projects/busniess my colleagues are running in their own countries. 

Now I have come back to Atlanta to contribute more to the Kectil Program 2020 – a most rewarding opportunity that I am so fortunate to have in my life. I hope you all will enjoy as learn as much as I did! Welcome to the Kectil Generation!

Comments 129

  1. Wow! Such a fascinating story Miss Nyuyen! You have proven that all is not lost from the devastating civil unrest faced by your country and with the support of the Kectil generation you’re willing to shape the World positively. Please permit me to say ” BRAVO to you ” and I would like to take this journey with you. Let’s work in hands and make our respective countries and the World at large a beautiful symphony of love and innovations through practical positive leadership.

  2. It is so motivating to here your passion,strength, abilities your continuing to perfect and impact on the young generation. As the leaders of tomorrow we have the responsibility of making our environments from different nationalities,races,religion work in total fairness n will. Keep up the good work girl!!!!

  3. Hello Huong Nguyen. I really loved reading your story. It is inspiring especially for people like me who want to have the same experience like you, with Kectil. Furthermore, I am so excited to experiment the diversity aspect of the Kectil program you have talked about. And I believe in diversity, we can create great things together and make our world a better place for everyone.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Best regards,
    Désiré HOUNGNIGBE (from Benin)

  4. I’m inspired and motivated by touching story Miss Nyugen! Your tireless effort to transform the world is such a pretty symbol of leadership. Being a youth that is fascinated about the wellbeing of his people and the world at large. I’m willing to work with you immensely to fulfill our dreams. What inspired me most Miss Nyugen, And I quote “My spirit was inspired by their hopefulness of future: “I want to help the people with nothing become something and then one day they will rise up and help make a better future” and “We believe change can happen through us and not just to us.” thanks you Miss Nyugen and I hope to work with you and Kectil to make the world a better place. My regard!!!

    1. Thanks!
      The quotes “I want to help the people with nothing become something and then one day they will rise up and help make a better future” and “We believe change can happen through us and not just to us” are actually from my colleagues in their Atlanta conference presentations, noted by my South African colleague Faheema Moola.
      It’s my pleasure to be in a joint effort of making the world a better place.

    2. @mohammedmkromah, you pointed out some crucial parts of Huong Nguyen’s story. And when I was reading your comment, It was becoming more powerful and so inspiring.
      Thank you so much for the emphasis on these aspects. I really appreciate it.
      Nice to have you with us and looking forward to interacting more with you.
      Best regards,

  5. I’m inspired and motivated by your touching story Miss Nyugen! Your tireless effort to transform the world is such a pretty symbol of leadership. Being a youth that is fascinated about the wellbeing of his people and the world at large. I’m willing to work with you immensely to fulfill our dreams. What inspired me most Miss Nyugen, And I quote “My spirit was inspired by their hopefulness of future: “I want to help the people with nothing become something and then one day they will rise up and help make a better future” and “We believe change can happen through us and not just to us.” thanks you Miss Nyugen and I hope to work with you and Kectil to make the world a better place. My regard!!!

    1. Sure, @Koffi-Hyacinthe Takpah. Personally, Huong Nguyen’s story shaped my perspective on the Kectil Program definitively. And I believe we will take full advantage of this fantastic training and network to create the world we want.
      Nice to have you here. And I am looking forward to interacting more with you.
      Best regards,

  6. Your story was inspiring! I look forward to this journey even more now. I believe we are all here because we want to change the current status of our people, our country and our world. The diversity in this group gives us an advantage in that we can learn from one another by sharing our experience. And also by sharing our succeses stories like you, we can give hope that change is definitely possible. I really enjoyed your story, thank you for sharing!

    1. Of course, @Tsinat Gebre, “change is definitely possible.” And as the future generation of leaders, we have a huge responsibility to reach that goal. I believe we can do it by learning from each other, by sharing, by inspiring, by giving back to our communities, etc.
      Nice to have here. And I am looking forward to interacting more with you.
      Best regards,

  7. Huong Nguyen, Greeting to you !!! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us. I hope we will groom as change-maker and will bring positive change within us along in the community. I am eager to learn things from beautiful people and mentors in such a ravishing diverse culture and forum.
    #wearehereforbetterchange
    #togetherwecanandwewill

    1. Hi Santosh! The greatest thing I learned from Kectil is the biggest change doesn’t necessarily come from a huge action of a single one person. But with just small changes of multiple people, we’ll definitely be able to do that. Welcome you to the Kectil Program 2020!

  8. Huong Nguyen I am extremely grateful to you for sharing your story. Not only it is very inspiring but it also gives one hope that one can progress and achieve great even in the face of adversities.
    Looking forward to receive your guidance through out this program.

    1. You are right, @hadiaushaq.
      Something interesting with adversity is that it gives you the courage and the strength to do extra miles and go out of your comfort zone. Of course, even in adversity, we can complete tremendous and amazing things.
      Personally, I use to say, “it is in adversities, we can unleash our full potential,” and this became a part of my motto. Let’s then always take adversity as an opportunity for us to create change.

      Nice to have you here. I am looking forward to interacting more with you. I can’t wait.
      Best regards,
      #LetsJustDoIt

      1. Im filled with great joy reading from an inspirational speaker,this gives me strong certainty that a country like mine where, youths are suffering from the crisis of war shall someday be able to make their country great through the Kectil generation and mentor like you,great job.

        1. Hi @usongocynthiaogwe,

          We the young generation of Vietnam are born when war was already washed away, but our grandparents and even our parents suffered such things when they grew up. No matter which country we’re from, it’s we who would build the national future identity, to make sure our children and grandchildren don’t have to live in the war anymore!

          Best luck to you and your country!

    1. Hello @Lejla Musanovic. I hope you are doing well and have well started the program.
      Indeed, Huong Nguyen’s story is truly inspiring. I think we have so much to learn from that story to guide our leadership, our engagement, and commitment with our communities.
      We could not ask for more. It is now in our hands to give our best and be the changemakers for the better world.

      Nice to have here. I am too much excited to work with you guys, learn from you, and event, create great things together.
      Best regards,
      #LetsJusDoIt

  9. Every success story begins with the idea of doing something worthy that ultimately transcends to having done something great. Your story begins with recreating your future and identity, and I can tell that you are treading that path to manifest your efforts into reality.

    Well done Huong!
    Keep inspiring and let’s connect!

    #do_epic_shit!

  10. Dear Ms. Huong Nguyen,

    I image your journey will be a great inspiration for us who are working towards the goal of developing a better country for youth.
    It is a great story to get inspiration and an empowering sharing for us to keep working as a youth leader.

    Thank you so much for your contribution!

    Best regards,

    Binh,

  11. Great to hear your story Huong. “Little drops make an ocean ” can’t be more true. Looking forward to engaging with diverse community of great minds here, forging progressive connections and doing my own little efforts that should transform to part of the greatness I want for my community and the world at large.

  12. Awesome, thank you!
    I am personally touched by this sentence: “We believe change can happen through us and not just to us.”
    I’m motivated by this program.
    I feel like I’m going on a wonderful journey, full of transformations, with the Kectil program.
    Namaste!

  13. With this testimony, i know i am in the right place for an international leadership experience. Am also glad to hear that people were very much interested in joining the program after the the testimony of my fellow country man from Uganda and i hope to also add onto his contribution to my community here in Uganda

  14. A very fascinating journey! Well deserved. Really very much hope to see the amazing works done by the youths like you from all around the world. Together we can achieve big things in the future. Best wishes for your upcoming journey with the Kectil Program from Bangladesh.

    Hope our collaboration can bring some hope to our world.

  15. Truly Miss Nguyen’s story is inspiring.

    I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to learn from leaders like her and to build a formidable network with a diverse set of like minded people hi h within and outside Africa.

    It’s really great to meet you all
    This experience will help me make more impact in Nigeria.

  16. Miss Nyuyen, your story remind of the Nigerian war, even how parent still have shock from the memory, it’s so sad, yet we thrive.
    I agree with all you said, I love that Kectil is diverse, and focuses on the youth, because we have the power to change story and make history, and Kectil is a helping us achieve that.
    Thank you for this post miss.

    1. You’re welcome Oluwaseyi.
      I was born and grow up when war is already over for 21 years. The previous generations in my country had to endure war, hence our perspectives were somehow different. Yet Kectil has taught me about diversity, how a person can differ from another in appearance, background and perspectives, opinions; and the most important insight is we must learn to be blended with not only peers from our own generation but also the seniors, and the younger (soon in the future).

  17. Miss Huong thanks so much for the encouragement. I believe as a secretary for female youth affairs in my community am going to work even harder to improve on the status of girls because i believe that i am working with colleagues that are going help me achieve it.thanks again

  18. Heyyy Nguyen, I hope u r doing great and a bundle of thanks for sharing your journey through Kectil, it is so much pleasure to have you here, your story was fantastic and motivated me a lot, you walked successfully and I hope you continue it in your future steps, I am really interested to accept your story as a model through my Kectil journey.
    Thank you very much.

  19. My take home statement from the enthralling and inspiring welcome note remains “the greatest change comes from the smallest actions, and actions must start with the right attitude.”
    This has given me a wider understanding that every thought of change requires action and the right attitude.

    Thank you Miss Nyunyen for the brilliant thought and inspiring message of hope. I do believe together we can make the positive changes we desire someday.

  20. Thanks for bringing Kectil Program into the Vietnamese youth community Ms. Nguyen.
    I am proud and also get so motivated by your story. I hope I can share those amazing experiences with you and Kectil colleagues to change our Vietnam into a better place other than a used-to-be war country.
    Looking forward to the next journey.

  21. Awesome!!….. I am really more enthusiastic about the program after reading your inspiring story. I believe this diversity is here for integrated brainstorming to produce creative alternatives and solutions to reach the dreaming world as all nations hope and have great stories and values at the end of the program to share with others as you did.
    Finally, congratulations and wish you more success.

  22. Hello! Thank you very much for sharing your story with us 😊!

    I really love your quote “I want to help the people with nothing become something and then one day they will rise up and help make a better future”. For 2 minutes I reflected about it and it’s really deep! Helping others is like a reward for soul. I also get positive vibes when I share my experiences about travelling. The feeling that you helped somebody is priceless.

    Bravo! You really inspired us!

    Andra😘💋(from Romania)

  23. I really appreciate you dear @HuongNguyen.
    I wish you more success for your future endeavors. I am extremely interested to be one of the participants who are going to be selected for Atlanta conference. To be honest I can’t wait for that moment to see other young leaders from around the world and share ideas with each other in order to bring positive changes in our societies.
    Good luck!

  24. Hello Miss Huong,
    If there’s someone who’s not inspired by this amazing journey you walked with Kectil, then that person really needs some help.
    I’m quite sure you wouldn’t have made it this far if you weren’t a true leader.
    Congratulations!

  25. “I want to help the people with nothing become something and then one day they will rise up and help make a better future”…such an inspiration! It makes me think, sometimes we may not see the immediate results of the change we seek for, however, we should keep fighting even if another generation will feel the impact and enjoy the change we fought for..that’s a purposeful and meaningful life.

  26. Indeed the beauty of planting a tree is to plant it knowing that another generation will water it, another generation will protect it in its process of growth and another generation will enjoy its shade. This is equally the true meaning of living, we live not for our own selves but for others as well

  27. What is wonderful experience gathered. So impressive.
    Realistically, making a better country isn’t just the work of the government, its is a collective effort. However, youth should be seen as a vanguard of transformational leadership .

Leave a Reply