Thursday, August 4, 2011

My Lan Tran - ED, Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce/Asian American Business Assistance Center


My Lan Tran, Executive Director of the Virginia Asian chamber of Commerce/Asian American Business Assistance Center (AABAC), and works steadfastly to increase opportunities for Asian businesses throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

My Lan also takes a personal interest in helping diverse ethnic communities grow in Virginia. She is the Foundation Director of the Virginia Asian Foundation, an advisor for the Virginia International Business Council, the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and the US-China Peoples’ Friendship Association; the Heibei (China) – US Professional Association of North America, and other business economic and civic groups.

My Lan held management positions for various Massachusetts regional workforce development agencies was Deputy Director for Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Employment and Training. She spent six years as Export InfoCenter Manager and International Trade Marketing Manager for Virginia Governor’s Office of International Trade and Investment (Virginia Economic Development Partnership) and recently Technical Assistance Program Manager for the City of Richmond.

My Lan has an advanced graduate international education in the United States and Europe to include a Master’s degree in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She completed her advanced research in Asian Affairs at the University of Berkeley and the Post Naval Graduate School in California, and the University of Caen in Normandie, France.

She is certified as a practicing International Trade Specialist by Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, Arizona; the US Department of Commerce /International Trade Administration (ITA).

My Lan is certified as an Economic Development Specialist from Virginia Tech‘s Institute for Economic Development. My Lan won the ‘07 Virginia and Region III Small Business Champion of the Year Award from the US Small Business Administration, and the 2008 Vision of Excellence Award from the Metropolitan Business League. She received numerous Certificates of Accomplishments from the US Department of Labor, the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, as well as Fort Eustis, Virginia, for her extensive service contributions to those serving the military force and disabled US veterans. Of the Chinese – Vietnamese ethnic community, My Lan is quadrulingual in Spanish, French, Vietnamese, and English, and she is currently learning Mandarin.


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