VFS Fellowship Program – Summer 2019 Recap

Summer 2019 Outline:  

  1. Introduction of Mentors-Mentees/ Welcoming Event (June 7th, 2019)
  2. Workshop #1: Summer Internship Best Practice (June 15th, 2019)
  3. Fireside Chat #1: Vu Huynh, PhD, Vice President of FICC ETF E-trading BoA (June 16th, 2019)
  4. Fireside Chat #2: Private Credit - Khang Nguyen (July 20, 2019) 
  5. Summer Picnic at Central Park (July 13th, 2019)
  6. Potluck event and Workshop #2: Internships and Beyond (July 29th, 2019)
  7. Fireside Chat #3: Blockchain Technology, Axoni Company Visit - Henry Nguyen (August 2, 2019)

From professional development workshops with professionals at elite boutiques to fireside chats with executives at top financial institutions, the Class of 2019 Fellows attended a wide-array of events all tailored to developing their networks and honing their hard and soft skills. Starting in June with an ice-breaker at Draught 55, fellows got to meet with Viet professionals from a variety of positions, career paths, and seniority in New York and this was when the Fellows were first introduced to their mentors and established the plans for the summer ahead. 

Promptly during the following weekend, the Summer 2019 Class had their first workshop with Betty Vo (ex-WCAS) and Giang Nguyen (ex-Lazard) on best practices to succeed in internships. Aside from learning the essentials in navigating the workplace, making impact during the internship, and winning the return offers, the team got to tour the office of Houlihan Lokey in Midtown, Manhattan. Following the first workshop, over the following weeks, the fellows joined a series of Fireside Chats with a number of prolific Viet professionals including Vu Huynh, PhD (Vice President at BoA), Khang Nguyen (Private Debt Specialist), and Henry Nguyen (Strategy Associate at Axoni). The Fireside Chats dove into a myriad of topics including E-Trading, Private Credit, and Blockchain Technology in High Finance. Fellows had the chance to not just network with these experts but also challenge themselves to look beyond the traditional routes of Finance and toward the evolution of the Finance industry.

Aside from workshops and fireside chats, Fellows enjoyed social events including a picnic event as well as potlucks and dinners with the VFS Executive Team. It was in these capacities that the summer class became close, pushing each other not just as professionals but also as friends. They bonded through challenges and the tremendous goal of bettering not just themselves but the future Viet professional network in America. And with that, the first VFS Fellowship Class came to an end, igniting the first of many more to come.